The First Independent STEAM School in Orange County, CA
Serving Early Childhood to 8th Grade

Ways to Give

There are many giving options which may lead to potential tax benefits for donors. Our Gift Acceptance Policy provides detailed guidance on the types of gifts that the School will accept and sets out the procedures that should be followed. Please contact the Director of Admissions and Advancement with any questions regarding the Gift Acceptance Policy.

Gifts of Cash

Most donors find that a personal check is the easiest way to make a gift. This is also St. John's preferred method in order to ensure that 100% of your donation goes toward the intended benefit.  These donations are fully tax-deductible and have an immediate impact upon the program for which the funds are allocated. Checks should be made out to St. John's Episcopal School, submitted with a Cash and Check Submission form, and mailed to:

St. John's Episcopal School
c/o Advancement Department
30382 Via Con Dios
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Credit Card

Another immediate way for donors to contribute is through a credit card gift. These gifts can be made online, or by calling the Advancement Department at (949) 858-5144 x 241. St. John's accepts Visa, Mastercard and American Express.  Please note that your donation will be reduced by the processing fees charged to the school. 


A pledge is a commitment to make a donation in the future. Once a pledge is made, the donor will be considered a participant in the campaign and stop receiving Cardinal Fund solicitations. For tax purposes, a gift is recognized on the date of payment, not the initial pledge date. By making a pledge, a donor defers payment of their gift (in accordance with tax planning or other financial reasons) to a future date of their choosing between now and June 30. This enables the donor flexibility while allowing the School to budget for the following year more accurately. Pledges may be made online or via the Cardinal Fund envelope.  If you wish to pledge by check, please download, print, and complete this form.

Recurring Gifts

A recurring gift allows for a donor to complete their contribution over a period of months. This method can ease the financial strain of a one-time donation, and afford the donor the opportunity to make a larger contribution over time. Recurring gifts can be set up with a credit or debit card online, via the Cardinal Fund envelope, or over the phone at (949) 858-5144 ext. 241. Recurring gifts to the 2020-2021 Cardinal Fund campaign must be completed by June 30.

Matching Gifts

Many employers offer a matching gift program to encourage employees, retirees and their family members support of nonprofit organizations. Your gift could be doubled by your employer, just by completing a form at the time of your contribution. Specific details about your matching gift program can be obtained through the Human Resources Office at your workplace, or you may contact the Advancement Office for assistance. Many businesses also run United Way campaigns; you may designate St. John's as the recipient of your payroll deduction to this campaign.

St. John’s Episcopal School has tax exemption status under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3) as a religious, nonprofit organization. Our tax identification number is 31-1629166 and the group exemption number is 3741. Please click here for additional information.

Appreciate Stocks or Securities

Gifts of appreciated stocks or mutual fund shares provide immediate support to the school. Donors may realize substantial tax savings by transferring appreciated stock or securities to the School prior to the sale. Capital gains on the amount of appreciation may be avoided, and the donors receive a tax deduction based on the fair market value of the stock or property at the time of the gift, regardless of the purchase price. Please contact the Advancement Department via email at to learn more.

Planned Gifts

A number of planned gift vehicles exist for donors to make gifts to a charity over time. Some of these include gifts of life insurance, bequests, remainder trusts and other annuities. Many unique and beneficial tax advantages can be gained through these gifts. Please contact the Advancement Office at (949) 858-5144 x 241 for more information about planning giving.

Gifts in Kind

Donations of technology, equipment, furniture and other items relevant to our educational program and in good condition are welcome. The donor, through appraisal or record of purchase, determines gift value. If the in-kind gift is of direct and immediate use to St. John's in fulfilling its mission (such as new computer equipment for instructional use); a donor may deduct the full fair market value. Donations of professional services are also always welcome; however the amount that is tax-deductible may vary depending on the service. It is recommended that you consult a tax advisor to determine what deduction of a gift-in-kind is allowable by law. Please contact the Admissions and Advancement Department via email at prior to making your donation.