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Giving & Support
At Cristo Rey Tampa support is vital to our mission. We are thankful for the outpouring of community support given to our students and faculty. This year, as we welcome our first graduating class, we also establish traditions and pave the way for future Cristo Rey Tampa students. We are building a school that provides students the opportunity to grow academically and spiritually as they prepare to enter college.
It is through the generosity of friends like you that we can educate and provide opportunities to young men and women who are committed to hard work, serving others, and reaching their full potential. Join us in our efforts to transform the lives of these amazing students.
Thank you for your interest in Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School and supporting our programs. Please contact our Advancement Office at 813-537-2419 if you have any questions.
Cynthia Spano, APR
Director of Advancement
Ways You Can Give
Provides need-based scholarship assistance for students including any tuition gaps from Step Up For Students Scholarships or their family’s contribution.
Funds restricted through the annual appeal for annual scholarships are expended during the academic year in which the funds are given.
A temporary scholarship is a fund awaiting permanency. A gift restricted to create such a fund is segregated from other revenue pending permanency.
A permanent scholarship is an endowed fund. An endowed scholarship fund provides a predictable source of funding in perpetuity and will always memorialize or honor the name(s) placed on it. A donor has the option of funding the scholarship over a three period. The basic plan underlying an endowed fund is simple. The principal of the fund is never spent. It is invested and the earnings are used to fulfill the purpose(s) for which the fund was created.
We can provide information about funding alternatives (cash, marketable securities, planned gifts); the process involved in creating an endowment (agreement terms); naming options (your own, a loved one, a business); and donor benefits (personal satisfaction, reports, interaction with scholarship recipients, donor recognition society).
Our current scholarship program includes dive scholarships in permanent status.
Rita Lorraine Lockhart Scholarship (2018)
Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins Scholarship Fund (2016)
Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins Catholic Student Scholarship Fund (2017)
Rose V. Spano Scholarship Fund (2017)
St. Peter Claver Scholarship Fund (2016)
If you would like to contribute to an existing scholarship or create a new scholarship, please contact Cynthia Spano, Director of Advancement at email@example.com or (813) 537-2419.
Educational Initiatives Fund
Workforce Development Fund
Mission Advancement Fund
Monsignor Laurence E. Higgins La Familia Fund
LIFT (Lead, Inspire, Foster, Teach)
Planned Giving Society
Passionate about education, Richard Gonzmart launches Cristo Rey Tampa’s Planned Giving Society with his legacy gift to the high school.
“My mother taught me the value of giving and the value of education. Education is a window to another world and a door to another life. My family and I are pleased to support our communities that have been so supportive of our restaurants and us,” said Richard Gonzmart.
Planned giving is a type of charitable giving that allows you to express your personal values by integrating your charitable, family, and financial goals. You do not need to be the president of the Columbia Restaurant Group to make a difference through planned giving. The truth is, everyone can make a difference by making a gift of charity. Here are a few simple ways you can transform a life:
This is the most popular planned giving option as there is no limit on the amount of an estate tax deduction and you will preserve your assets during your lifetime. You and your lawyer can discuss whether to allocate a specific amount, a portion after specific requests are made or contingent on factors outlined in your will.
Retirement plan/Life insurance policy
Receive a charitable deduction by donating your paid life insurance policy or naming Cristo Rey Tampa as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, revocable trusts, commercial insurance and retirement plans.
IRA Charitable Rollover
70 1/2 or Older? IRA Charitable Rollover Is Back, and This Time It’s PERMANENT!
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on December 18, 2015, was made permanent. It is popularly known as the IRA charitable rollover.
Charitably minded taxpayers have enthusiastically embraced the IRA charitable rollover as an opportunity to transfer up to$ 100,000 each year to charity without it being treated as a taxable distribution. Despite its popularity since being introduced in 2006, the IRA charitable rollover has faced extinction several times and had actually expired on December 31,2013. Now it has been reinstituted and made permanent.
Here are the requirements and restrictions for making an IRA charitable rollover gift:
■ The donor must be 70 1 /2 or older.
■ The gift must be made directly from the IRA to an eligible charitable organization.
■ Gifts to all charities combined cannot exceed a total of $100,000 per taxpayer for the year.
■ The gifts must be outright, and no material benefits can be received in return for the gifts. Thus a transfer for a gift annuity, charitable remainder trust, or pooled income fund is not permitted.
■ Gifts cannot be made to a donor advised fund, supporting organization, or private foundation.
■ The gift is not included in taxable income, and no charitable deduction is allowed.The gift can only be made from an IRA. Gifts from 401 (k), 403(b), and 457 plans are not permitted.
This may be the right gift for you to make if:
■ You want to make a charitable gift and your IRA constitutes the largest share of your available assets.
■ You are required to take a minimum distribution from your IRA, but you do not need additional income.
We are happy to work with you and your financial adviser to find the planned gift that will help you accomplish your goals and support students to achieve their dreams. If you are interested in learning more about the Cristo Rey Tampa Planned Giving Society, please contact Cynthia Spano, Director of Advancement, at 813-537-2419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Online Credit Card
Contributions can be made through a secure online system. All major credit cards are accepted: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
Checks may be made payable to Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School. Mail to:
Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School
At Mary Help of Christians, Inc.
Attn: Cynthia Spano
6400 East Chelsea Street
Tampa, FL 33610
Cristo Rey Tampa High School at Mary Help of Christians Center, Inc. (Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School) solicits and accepts gifts for purposes that will help the school further and fulfill its mission. Gift Acceptance Policy