Read answers to the questions most frequently asked of our Development Department:

Q. How much should I give?

Only you can decide. A good rule of thumb in determining the amount of an annual gift is that it should be an amount that is replicable every year. It is annual giving after all! The average gift to the Annual Fund is about $500 with gifts ranging from $10 to $50,000. The Parent Partnership asks parents of current students to donate the “gap” between the actual cost of their son’s education here at MUHS and what his tuition covers. This year that amount is $4,850. We ask those who can to donate the entire gap. Some parents actually donate the gap not only for their son but for someone else’s son as well who cannot afford it. Whatever you can donate to bridge the gap for your son, even if it’s not the full amount, will help us and be most appreciated. The average gift to the Parent Partnership is about $1,900 with gifts ranging from $5 to $10,000. If you are in a position to give a significant amount, we hope that you will consider becoming a member of the President’s Cabinet level ($10,000 or more) or the President’s Executive Circle (from $5,000 to $9,999). Your contribution at one of these levels will have a demonstrable impact on the daily lives of our students and teachers.

Q. If I can't afford to make a large gift, should I even give?

Participation on any level is extremely important for several reasons. First, we are a community predicated on mutual support of one another, at all levels and in many ways, and ensuring that MUHS meets its fund-raising goals is therefore a responsibility shared by all members of the community. Second, participation rates are important indicators of the confidence our constituents have in us. They demonstrate to grant-making foundations that our community responds when called upon to help, and that there is broad support for our mission and goals. Finally, all the seemingly small gifts added together make a significant impact on our total dollars raised.

Q. Can I pay my gift in installments?

Yes, we will be happy to develop a payment schedule with you that will permit you to comfortably complete payment of your gift by June 30. Some people will choose to make a pledge early in the year to signal their commitment to annual giving and make periodic pledge payments throughout the year. We will send you reminders at scheduled times and you will have until June 30 to pay your gift in full. Once your pledge is received you will not be sent any further solicitations.

Q. Is my gift tax-deductible?

All contributions to Marquette University High School are tax-deductible according to IRS guidelines. Please consult your financial or tax advisor for details.

Q. How should I make out a check and where should I send it?

Checks can be made payable to MUHS and mailed to:

Development Office
Marquette University High School
3401 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53208

Q. How do matching gift programs work?

Some companies will match gifts made by employees to non-profit organizations such as MUHS. Many companies do not readily advertise their matching gift program so please ask your company’s Human Resources Administrator. If your company has a matching gift program, you will receive a form to send along with your check to MUHS and we will fill in and mail the form. Opportunities for matching gifts are sometimes available from a spouse's employer as well.

Q. Am I recognized for my matching gift?

Yes. For example, if a donor gives $500 to the Annual Fund and his/her company matches that gift with another $500, the donor is recognized for the full $1,000 donated in the annual report of donors.

Q. Can I make an anonymous gift?

Yes, you may choose to make your gift anonymously. When you send in your contribution, be sure to let us know that you would like to be anonymous and we will be happy to honor your request.

Q. Can I send a gift in memory or in honor of someone?

Yes. We will send a card notifying the honoree or memorial family of your gift.

Q. Does MUHS have an endowment fund?

Yes. Marquette University High School has four endowment funds: Scholarship Endowment for providing assistance to deserving students who demonstrate financial need, Mission Endowment for professional development and ongoing faith formation of faculty, administrators and staff and for the reduction of the student/faculty ratio, the Physical Plant Endowment thatensures the MUHS campus remains an attractive setting for learning and the Unrestricted Endowment that generates income to support the annual operating budget if and as needed.

The endowment provides financial strength for the school in the present and for the future. Gifts can be made at any time to help build the general endowment, regardless of how large or small the gift may be. Gifts to establish endowed funds to recognize a person whom the donors may wish to recognize have minimum requirements. People can also give to the endowment through a bequest or other estate planning vehicles. For more information about endowed gifts, please contact John Thimmesch ’77 CFRE, Vice President of Development; 414-933-7220, Ext. 3044; thimmesch@muhs.edu.

Q. Can I make a gift to MUHS through a will bequest?

If you make a provision for MUHS in your will, it will help ensure that the school will be financially strong for generations to come. A bequest can deliver a specific dollar amount or asset to MUHS or it can give us a percentage of the balance remaining in your estate after taxes and specific bequests have been paid. Those people who have made MUHS a beneficiary in their wills can become members of the Manresa Society. For more information on how to include MUHS in your estate plans and joining the Manresa Society, please contact John Thimmesch ’77 CFRE, Vice President of Development; 414-933-7220, Ext. 3044; thimmesch@muhs.edu.

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