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SCL families marvel at how a high quality, Christ-centered education is financially accessible to all students.

St. Croix Lutheran relies on donors to fulfill our mission to educate the total student - spiritually, intellectually, and physically - in a caring, Christian family community. Your gifts provide tuition assistance, specialized academic programs for students, and continuing education and tools for the faculty and staff.

The lessons learned at St. Croix Lutheran go beyond excellent academics. SCL graduates step into the global community prepared to contribute. A strong history of generous individual, alumni, and corporate supporters allow us to expand that mission.  

Ways to Give

Online

Visit our online giving page to easily make a one-time gift or pledge to SCL. Payments are securely processed by Blackbaud.

Mail

St. Croix Lutheran - Mission Advancement
1200 Oakdale Ave.
West St. Paul, MN 55118

In Person

Drop off your gift in person at the Mission Advancement office.

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Giving Programs

Annual Campaign

With great enthusiasm, we present the opportunity to participate in The Next Generation Annual Campaign for the 2018-2019 school year. Your gift ensures that the next generation will know the Lord through the vibrant ministry of St. Croix Lutheran. Annual Campaign gifts impact SCL’s exceptional academicsartsathleticsservice and many other vital programs.

Scholarships provide a crucial bridge since tuition does not cover the full cost of excellence at SCL, allowing us to reach many students we could not otherwise serve. Nearly 200 students receive these scholarships, thanks to the generosity of our donors.

Every gift, big or small, lays the foundation for St. Croix Lutheran students to receive an excellent, Christ-centered education with a global perspective.Partner with us in this life-changing ministry to train SCL students to know their Savior Jesus and to use their talents to lead lives of exemplary Christian service, benefitting generation after generation. Help us reach our goal of $790,000 this year.

Make a difference in the lives of SCL students by giving a gift online, or join the Crusader Corpsto make a continuous impact on SCL students with a two-year commitment of at least $10 per month.

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Building Campaign 

Brochure  STS Phase 2 

Through the years, St. Croix Lutheran has moved from the basement of St. James Lutheran Church in 1958, to a campus on Crusader Avenue in 1960, to its present location at 1200 Oakdale Avenue in 1992, expanding its facilities and programs. By God’s grace, St. Croix Lutheran has remained STRONG to serve.

The building campaign “Strong to Serve” began in 2007 as an effort to better serve the students, their families, the Association, and the community for decades to come. The three-phase campaign includes a dormitory (phase 1), fine arts addition and update (phase 2), and a second gymnasium (phase 3).

Please partner with us as we seek to grow in the way that God is calling. Pledges and one-time gifts to Strong to Serve can be made on our online giving page. Letters of Intentmay be sent to Giving@StCroixLutheran.org or mailed to St. Croix Lutheran. 


Phase 1: New dorm to increase occupancy from 100 to 152: $6.5 M

St. Croix Lutheran’s residential housing program has grown to encompass 30% of the school’s enrollment.

In 2015, SCL was blessed to complete phase 1 and open a new 152-bed dormitory. Beyond providing housing for students, this space provides numerous opportunities to share the Gospel and gather as a SCL family. The new dorm provides larger and more appropriate living space not previously provided in the former dorms, separate, secure wings for boys and girls with increased supervision, large dining room, recreation area, a welcome center for families, and secure entrances and elevators.

Click here to view the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new dormitory, which took place on May 30, 2014. The new dormitory was dedicated on May 29, 2015, and opened in the fall of 2015.


Phase 2: New Building - $2.8 Million (projected 2019 building cost), Remodeling - $1 Million (estimated)

This project is a critical need. In the last five years, there has been an explosion of interest in choral and band programs. This leaves the existing single music room inadequate for the 90+ band students and multiple choirs. Due to the music room’s height and overall square footage, the room is not suited for the volume level produced. In addition, practice facilities for choir and band are limited.

The New Building Phase will add two large classrooms with high ceilings, sound-friendly walls, and adequate space for band and choral programs. This addition includes practice rooms and an ensemble room. A new school entrance is included in this phase which will incorporate enhanced security, tie the buildings together, and allow for small gatherings and student study areas.

The remodeling project enhances existing visual arts, auditorium, and video recording arts spaces. The expanded visual arts room will double the size of the existing space and create 3D displays, storage, and provide access to running water. The auditorium facelift will include new seating, lighting (stage and overhead), and sound. The video recording arts room will be relocated to the existing music room and incorporate a soundproof studio. The cost of this project can be divided into smaller portions as funding allows.


Phase 3: Additional gym

Over 70% of SCL students are involved in at least one co-curricular activity. With physical education classes, 23 athletic teams, service organizations, concert performances, and special events sharing the current gymnasium, scheduling can be a challenge. Phase 3 - a second gym - will lessen these conflicts while providing more opportunities for team building, intramural contests, and other gym-related activities.

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Securities

Giving securities benefits SCL and yields a charitable income tax deduction. Contact the Mission Advancement Office for more information.

Real Estate or Personal Property

Looking to downsize in a tax-efficient manner? Give your second home, undeveloped land, or real estate asset.

Retirement Assets

If you make SCL a retirement beneficiary, your gift will be transferred after your death; or directly assign your annual IRA distribution to SCL.

Thrivent Choice

If you are a Thrivent member, you can choose to designate your portion of Thrivent Choice Dollars to St. Croix Lutheran. Go to ;Thrivent to learn more.

AmazonSmile

Register with AmazonSmile, and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to St. Croix Lutheran. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know - same products, same prices. Visit Smile.Amazon.com to select St. Croix Lutheran as your organization of choice.

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Corporate Sponsorship

St. Croix Lutheran is proud to partner with area businesses to support SCL students! Find out more about the Corporate Sponsorship Program here. Contact Mission Advancement, 651-455-1521 for more details or to arrange a meeting.

Estate Planning and Giving

To assist families with estate planning, SCL has engaged the expertise of the WELS Ministry of Christian Giving Counselor, Pastor Mike Hatzung, and Gift Planning Services. These financial services are offered free-of-charge to interested families and have proven to be a great blessing for families who take advantage. Contact the Mission Advancement Office for more information.

A bequest is your gift to the future. We invite you to remember St. Croix Lutheran in your estate plan. Christian education changes lives for eternity! 

The Lea A. and Elsie L. Wildung Society honors and recognizes those who have included a legacy gift in their estate plans or gifted an endowed scholarship to benefit St. Croix Lutheran. These dedicated individuals are a reflection of the Wildung’s early commitment to sustain and grow this ministry for future generations. Alumni, parents, and friends may notify our Mission Advancement Office of their intention to benefit SCL in their estate plan. New Wildung Society members are inducted during a special reception prior to the St. Croix Lutheran Gala.

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Events

Grandparents Day

Thursday and Friday, September 26-27, 2019

Register Here

Veterans Day Tribute

Monday, November 11, 2019

The students and staff of SCL will honor all who have served in the United States Armed Forces beginning with light refreshments, a dedicated chapel service, and a musical tribute in the gymnasium. Watch your mail and e-mail for more details. Click here to view a list of St. Croix Lutheran alumni veterans and current military personnel; please contact the Mission Advancement Office if you know a name missing from this list. 

Gala

Saturday, March 28, 2020. Details coming soon!

Golf Classic

Monday, June 8, 2020. Details coming soon!

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Volunteer Opportunities

We appreciate and value our volunteers who use their time and talents to support St. Croix Lutheran. YOU make a difference!

There are various ways to volunteer at St. Croix:

  • Fundraising events (including the annual Gala and Golf Classic)
  • Clerical/office work (including bulk mailings)
  • Grandparents Days 
  • Homecoming
  • Reunions

Click here or contact the Mission Advancement Office to sign up!

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Contact Us

Your passion for impacting young people drives the Mission Advancement Office to connection the mission of SCL to the unique interests of supporters. Join us for a morning chapel, fine arts event, the SCL gala, golf classic, or other special celebrations. Contact a member of the Mission Advancement team to learn more about these meaningful opportunities. 

Stay connected with St. Croix Lutheran. Follow us on:

Jay Wendland
Director of Mission Advancement
Phone: (651) 455-1521 ext. 132
Email: JWendland@StCroixLutheran.org

 

Brian Shult
Donor Relations Counselor
Cell: (218) 348-0063
Phone: 
(651) 455-1521 ext. 113
Email: BShult@StCroixLutheran.org

Lisa Streckert
Mission Advancement Administrative Assistant
Phone: (651) 455-1521 ext. 116
Email: LStreckert@StCroixLutheran.org

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" Every child can find something to fit their interests, whether it's sports, fine arts, STEM, giving to the community, or helping others. We are proud to be part of the SCL family. "
- Rachel C., SCL Parent