10 at 10
10 at 10 is one of the many ways alumni stay connected to VCHS. The vision of 10 at 10 is 10% of VCHS alumni giving $10/month.
Have questions? Read on…
Alumni Since 1983
Alumni Donors Needed
Below you’ll find…
What other VCHS alum are up to
A simple form to become a 10 at 10 member
Different ways in which VCHS engages with Alumni
More information about historic alumni giving at VCHS
Monthly Dollars with 199 10 at 10 members
Annual Dollars with 199 10 at 10 members
Find out what other alumni are up to on our “After Valley” page!
Alumni Giving: A History
Through 2014, 65 (3.4%) of the 1,930 VCHS alumni had given at least one $10 gift to support Valley Christian. Many other alum have supported the school through attending games, concerts, or other events, and others have paid tuition while sending their kids to VCHS or have received a tax credit by giving to ACSTO, but just 65 alumni have given above and beyond to help support the needs of VCHS.
The 10 at 10 initiative is our goal to improve that.
While we are grateful for the gifts that have been given, we have heard from a number of alumni who have been looking for ways to give back to the school, and 10 at 10 is an easy way to do so.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is 10 at 10?
A. Watch the video above to learn more!
Q. What is an Endowment Fund
A. An endowment fund is a fund held by a charitable organization in which there is a restriction that prohibits the principal of the fund from being spent. Endowment funds offer donors a long-term giving opportunity, allowing financial gifts to bless the school many times over. Each year, Valley Christian will be able to pull some of the investment gains out of the fund, while the principal continues to grow through generous gifts.
Visit the Endowment page to learn more!
Q. What is a my gift used for?
A. Your gift will be used for things like technology, financial aid, academic enhancements, fine arts needs, athletic programs, staff education, and more. A few examples of how Endowment profits are used:
- Capital campaigns, like the future Worship Arts Center
- Academic enhancements, like the current iValley project
- Financial aid
- More than 80% of Valley Christian students receive financial aid of some kind
- The school provides direct financial aid for students each year
Your gift will be used many times and for many purposes. Take a $10 donation, for example, and assume a 10% return each year. Your $10 donation is principal in the Endowment Fund, therefore it will never be used. However, that $10 will earn $1 in year 1, and that $1 will be spent on projects like the ones mentioned above. In year 2, that $10 will earn another $1, and that $1 will be used again. After 10 years, Valley Christian was able to use $10 toward our most important needs, and we still have that $10.
Now imagine 185 alumni giving $10 a month. That’s $22,200 after one year. At a 10% return, that means the school is able to use $2,220, without ever losing (or using) the $22,200. Our goal is to reach a $330,000 Endowment as quickly as we can in order to return $20,000 (or more) each year. We’re looking forward to a multi-million dollar Endowment in the future, and eventually something like Harvard’s $36.4 billion Endowment Fund. (Ok, Ok… let’s start with $330,000).
If you’d like your gift used toward something other than our Endowment Fund, please contact Troy Thelen at email@example.com, and we are happy to arrange this.
Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?
A. All charitable gifts to Valley Christian High School – including 10 at 10 gifts – are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. You will receive a year-end giving statement each January. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your specific tax situation.
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If you’d prefer to give a one-time or annually recurring $120 gift (which will still include you in the “10 at 10” program) instead of the monthly $10 option, click here to be taken to our general donation form. Select any amount, but be sure to choose Endowment or enter “10 at 10” in the comments box.