Ways to Give
- Annual Campaign
- Crusader Corps
- Donor Advised Funds (DAF)
- Capital Campaign - Strong to Serve
- Planned Giving
- Alumni Coffee Club
With great enthusiasm, we present the opportunity to participate in The Next Generation Annual Campaign for this 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 SCLA’s exceptional academics, arts, athletics, service and many other vital programs.
Scholarships provide a crucial bridge since tuition does not cover the full cost of excellence at SCLA, 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 SCLA 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.
Crusader Corps members sustain the SCLA mission by making a two-year or continuous commitment of at least $10 per month. The Crusader Corps program is designed for supporters to make on-going gifts that fit their charitable giving plan and impact the important work being done at St. Croix Lutheran.
A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations and ministries you care about. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Those funds can then be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity from your account. Popular sponsoring organizations that manage DAFs include: Fidelity, Schwab, Vanguard, and the WELS Foundation. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Through the years, St. Croix Lutheran Academy has expanded its facilities and programs 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. By God’s grace, SCLA has remained STRONG to serve.
The capital 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.
New dorm increased occupancy from 100 to 152
St. Croix Lutheran Academy’s residential housing program has grown to encompass 30% of the school’s enrollment.
In 2015, SCLA was blessed to complete phase 1 and open a new 152-bed dormitory. The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the new dormitory took place on May 30, 2014. The new dormitory was dedicated on May 29, 2015, and opened in the fall of 2015.
Beyond providing housing for students, this space provides numerous opportunities to share the gospel and gather as an SCLA 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.
In 2021, SCLA was blessed to complete most of phase 2, the fine arts addition and visual art room updates.
The New Building Phase, which began in April 2020, added two large classrooms with high ceilings, sound-friendly walls, and adequate space for band and choral programs; practice rooms and an ensemble room; a new school entrance with enhanced security; a new commons area; and updated visual arts rooms.
The final portion of this project enhanced the existing auditorium and video recording arts spaces. The auditorium facelift included new seating, lighting (stage and overhead), and sound and was completed in 2022. The video recording arts room was relocated to the existing music room and incorporates a soundproof studio. The cost of this project was divided into smaller portions as funding allowed.
Nearly 80% of SCLA 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. SCLA middle school enrollment growth has fueled the need for this space.
An endowment is a donation of money or property which produces investment income to be used for a specific purpose determined by the donor. An endowment can also refer to the total of a ministry's investable assets, also known as principal or corpus, which is meant to be used for operations or programs that are consistent with the wishes of the donor. Most endowments are designed to keep the principal amount intact while using the investment income for ministry. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
A memorial gift is one which is given in memory of an individual and may be in the form of a monetary donation or a physical asset. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
SCLA accepts gifts of real estate that meet its gift acceptance policy. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information
Charitable Lead Trust
A charitable lead trust is an irrevocable trust designed to provide financial support to one or more charities for a period of time, with the remaining assets eventually going to family members or other beneficiaries. Charitable lead trusts are often considered to be the inverse of a charitable remainder trust. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
The Wildung Society exists both to honor the memory of Lea and Elsie Wildung whose estate gift initiated St. Croix’s endowment fund in 1986 and recognize those that have remembered St. Croix with an estate gift. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Donor Advised Funds
A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account, for the sole purpose of supporting charitable organizations and ministries you care about. When you contribute cash, securities or other assets to a donor-advised fund at a public charity, you are generally eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Those funds can then be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity from your account. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Wills and Living Trusts
You can support ministry with a bequest from your estate at your death. Your will or living trust can direct the gift and you can choose a specific amount or a percentage of your estate. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Gifts to ministry or donor advised funds can be made from your qualified retirement account, i.e., IRA, 401k, 403b, or life insurance policy through a beneficiary designation. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Charitable Gift Annuities
A gift annuity is a contract between you and a qualified charity in which you make a gift of cash or securities in exchange for fixed annuity payments for life. After the death of the annuitant(s), the remainder of the gift goes to the designated charity. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Charitable Remainder Trusts
A charitable remainder trust is a tax-exempt irrevocable trust designed to reduce the taxable income of individuals by first dispersing income to the beneficiaries of the trust for a specified period of time and then donating the remainder of the trust to the designated charity. A CRT may be set up during your lifetime to provide income or can be funded at death to disperse income to beneficiaries for a predetermined period of time with the remainder going to charity. Contact the Mission Advancement office for more information.
Join the Coffee Club
As a St. Croix Lutheran alumnus, you have experienced a Christian education firsthand, and we pray you have seen the value of that experience in your years since graduation.
The Crusader Alumni Coffee Club is one of the easiest ways to make a difference and support the next generation of Christian leaders. When you commit to a monthly gift, you’ll be joining a passionate group of alumni who believe in the Crusader experience.
Visit the Alumni Page to learn more and sign up!
Scrip cards look and feel like regular gift cards - because they are! Choose from over 700 popular vendors like Cub Foods, Kwik Trip, Bath & Body, and more. When you purchase Scrip, you can cut tuition costs and support school programs without spending a penny more than you would normally spend.
SCLA receives the cards for a discount and then gives 75% of the discount back to you for tuition assistance and uses the remaining 25% to support school programs. You buy the cards at full price (you choose the denomination) and use them just like cash or gifts!
Don't have a student at SCLA? There are countless ways to allocate the money (and it adds up fast!)
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