To build a strong philanthropic culture within the College and greater community while obtaining enough funds to support the strategic plan of St Philip’s Christian College becoming a leading provider of quality Christian schooling within our region.
The College Wide Perspective
The College has over 3000 students on 5 separate school locations from Gosford to Cessnock. There is a plan in place for all of these schools and the Development Office is part planning and funding for all of the projects. All of these plans needs have to be managed within the framework of running the College on solid financial basis. We have a very busy few years planned but I am sure that through God’s grace the end result of these expansion plans will be improved facilities and a Christian education experience for our students that will stay with them for the whole of their lives
We have all heard the term “philanthropist”, but what does it really mean. In general terms it means a person whom makes sacrifices for the greater good of mankind in practical ways. Now that does not mean you have to be rich to be a philanthropist. The simple act of giving what you are able can make you a philanthropist. In this particular case, making a donation to the building of new facilities at St Philip’s is the main objective. The result will be fantastic facilities that will benefit not only current students but many more generations of student yet to even enrol in our College. In some ways the rewards are more then just the facilities. The emotional reward of knowing that you have made a difference to so many students educational growth will be even greater. From a Christian perspective we believe that we have been blessed and we should be a blessing to others. Your gift will allow St Philip’s to provide an even better Christian education to not only your children but possibly their children as well.
How can I make it Easy?
My job is to find an easy way that will allow every person or company connected to the College to contribute in some way. This may be in financial way with a direct donation over a number of years, or through offers of skills, equipment or supplies. I am reminded of a story about an agricultural college that had a prize stud bull donated to their campaign for building funds. Now oxen have not used in construction for some time, but it did relieve bit of budgetary pressure in another area that could be diverted to construction funds. I am not saying that we want a herd of cows donated to the College but I am keen to find a way for everyone to donate or help in some way. If you can help either financially or in other, ways please contact Brian Rennie on 49606664.
New Tax Laws and your gift
The laws governing what is a tax-deductible gift have the potential to make your support of the College a lot more flexible. Here are some of the ways you can make a tax-deductible donation:
- Gift of $2.00 or more (Can be over a number of years)
- Donation of property worth more then $5000 (Can be anything from shares to speedboats / May need to be valued by the ATO)
- Donation of property less then 12 months old (Must be more the $2 value / The valuation is the lower of current market value or purchase price)
- Donation of a businesses trading stock (Value of the goods may be spread over 5 years / GST registered businesses should reduce the value claimed by the GST amount)
Tax law is obviously complicated and you should check with an accountant but the main point is that there are many different ways to contribute. If I can help in any way please call Brian Rennie on 49606664.
Mr Brian Rennie
Phone: 4960 6664
Fax: 4960 6690
EMAIL the Development Officer