Divine Mercy Catholic Academy relies on fundraising profits in three key areas:
- For support of the school’s operating budget.
These various school-wide fundraisers support the school, and are intended as a way to keep tuition as low as possible. Each family (not each student) is assessed a flat $800 “fundraising fee” each year. This fee may either be paid in its entirety, or if a family so chooses, they make take part in a variety of fundraising activities which generate profit.
Each family’s profit dollars are then applied against the family’s $800 annual obligation. One half of any excess profit dollars over the family’s $800 minimum commitment are credited against the family’s total tuition due. Please consult our School Handbook for details.
Our schedule of School Benefit Fundraisers is below. Additional details, brochures, etc. for each event will be added as they become available.
- For support of PTO activities.
At DMCA, PTO underwrites all of our class field trips, special parties, speakers, or events that benefit all DMCA students. Information about current PTO fundraisers is posted on the PTO page of this website.
- For support of DMCA Athletics.
The DMCA Athletic Association works to defray costs of our various boys’ and girls’ sports programs. Information about current DMCA Athletic fundraisers is posted on the Athletics page of this website.
At this writing our 2018-2019 schedule of School Benefit Fundraisers includes –
Ongoing opportunity throughout school year:
SALE OF SCRIP
Our SCRIP program is built around the purchase of gift cards which may be used for everyday purchases, such as groceries, gas, dining, clothing and gifts.
SCRIP cards are sold in specific dollar amounts, and may be used in place of cash at many local businesses.
Divine Mercy Academy earns a percentage on every SCRIP card purchased, and that percentage is credited to each family’s $800 fundraising commitment. The exact percentage earned varies depending on each vendor’s individual agreement with the SCRIP organization.
SCRIP is a very easy way for our families to reach their $800 fundraising goal, as the cards may be purchased not only by our families, but also by friends, grandparents, neighbors, etc. and used for common things most people already purchase on a daily or weekly basis.
We have recently found a volunteer who is willing to undertake the task of administering our SCRIP program. We are very grateful for this gift of time, and we’re working to make SCRIP purchases as easy as possible. More details will be released soon.
Periodic or seasonal opportunities:
NFL Football Extravaganza (June-July-August-2018)
Sale of NFL Extravaganza Tickets extends through the summer months. All tickets and monies are due on the first day of school in the fall.
Monetary prizes are then awarded throughout the NFL season. Click here to see winning ticket numbers as they become available.
Tickets sell for $20/each, and families earn $10 credit for each ticket they sell. Credits are applied against each family’s annual fundraising commitment.
Sub and Pizza Sale (September-2018)
Marianna’s Sub and Pizza Sale will kick-off in September, 2018.
Families will receive $3 for each Sub and $2 for each Pizza sold. This amount will be credited to their $800 annual fundraising commitment.
Cookie Dough Sale (October-2018)
Our Cookie Dough Sale will kick-off on October 5, 2018. Orders are due October 19, 2018, and Cookie Dough product will be delivered to the school for distribution on November 14.
Families will receive credit for every tub of cookie dough they sell. This will be credited to their $800 annual fundraising commitment. Final credit amount will be calculated based on vendors stated commission. $6 per tub sold is approximately 40% of total sales.
Disney Raffle (November-December-2018)
A Disney Raffle is planned for November thru December, 2018. More details will be posted as they become available.
Sheetz Coupon Sale (January-February-2019)
Sale of Sheetz Coupon Books is planned for January thru February, 2019. More details will be posted as they become available.
Charleston Catalog Sale (March-2019)
Sale of Charleston catalog items is planned for March, 2019. More details will be posted as they become available.
BB Easter Candy Sale (April-2019)
Blaine Boring Easter Candy Sale is scheduled for April, 2019. Color brochures will be distributed to each student.
Families receive 35% of their total sales credited to their $800 annual fundraising commitment.
Car Raffle Ticket Sale (April-May-2019)
A car raffle is planned for April thru May, 2019. More details will be posted as they become available.
Race for Education (Jan-May-2019)
Each family prepares their own list of possible family, friend or business contributors.
Race for Education solicitation letters are then mailed by DMCA in January to each family’s contacts.
Families receive 90% credit for donations from their contacts. The remaining 10% is used to offset the cost of supplies, postage, Race for Education event venue and student busing expenses.
Money and donations are totaled as they are received in the school office, so families can monitor their fundraising progress.
FUNDRAISING Frequently Asked Questions:
Why Does Divine Mercy Academy Have an Annual Fundraising Commitment?
Divine Mercy Catholic Academy strives to keep our tuition as affordable as possible. Our actual costs are greater than tuition alone. Therefore we offer a variety of fundraising fundraising options that make it possible for our families to earn up to $800 in profit credits, which we use to offset the overall financial burden of the school.
Each family is required to either raise $800 annually through the school’s approved fundraising options or make payments toward their $800 requirement through FACTS. Families may pay the $800 commitment in full at any point during the academic year.
Each new fundraising year co-insides with the school’s fiscal year. The 2017-2018 fiscal year began July 1, 2017 and will end June 30, 2018.
New with the current 2017-2018 year, our managing Board of Directors has approved an additional incentive whereby any family that raises MORE than the $800 minimum profit, will have one half of the excess over $800 applied to their tuition bill for the following year.
How Do I Meet My Family's Annual Fundraising Commitment?
We know that every dollar counts, and so DMCA provides fundraising opportunities for our families to generate money by selling desirable items to family, friends and co-workers.
Families are not required to participate in every fundraising opportunity. Some families have better results working one type of fundraiser than another.
Please pick and choose the opportunities that will be the most successful for your family and that will best help achieve your fundraising commitment.
Who Keeps Track of My Family's Fundraising Efforts?
Our school keeps electronic records, and families are able to request their fundraising balance by contacting their campus office.
Fundraising profits are credited to the FACTS account on a quarterly basis, and may be seen by logging into your FACTS account.
What Happens if My Family Doesn't Meet or Exceed our $800 Fundraising Commitment?
Families who fail to meet their $800 minimum fundraising commitment will be billed for the difference at the end of the fiscal school year.
What if my family exceeds our $800 Fundraising Commitment?
When a family’s annual fundraising activities generate more profits than the $800 minimum commitment, one half of the excess is credited against the family’s yearly tuition for the following year.