Capital Campaign – Seismic Retrofit


In the Fall of 2014, an ordinance was passed by the City and County of San Francisco that required studies on private school buildings for the Standard of Life Safety if an earthquake should occur. STA completed this report and is now in the process of upgrading our school for seismic safety, various ADA requirements, and deferred maintenance.

The estimated cost for this project is $2,000,000. The project will begin in June 2017 and be completed at the end of the Summer 2017. The costs for this project include:

  • A sheer wall from the foundation up to the second floor on the west middle side of building
  • A separate sheer wall from second floor to attic on the west middle side of building
  • Improvements to the attachment of the roof to the perimeter walls and replacement of the roof
  • Electrical upgrades for street service, new panel boxes, as well as front office and classrooms
  • Upgrades to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Exterior painting to protect against the elements

Our school must pay as the project moves forward. The lives and safety of our children, faculty, and staff cannot and will not be compromised, and we are committed to completing this work as quickly as possible. While we are utilizing our savings to finance this project, we must replenish our account. We hope you will consider supporting our school so that we can continue to do the important work of supporting our children and families, as well as the community at large.


Ways To Give

Selecting the best gift plan for you and your family depends on one’s personal financial situation and goals. As tax laws are always changing and each individual’s situation is unique, please do consult with financial advisors to determine which methods of contributing would be most appropriate for you.

There are many ways of giving that meet your individual needs while at the same time support St. Thomas the Apostle School in a meaningful way. Pledges are commitments made in good faith, but are not legally binding. You may want to consider stretching pledges over a five year period.

This commitment can be fulfilled through monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual installments. We encourage you to make a 10-20% initial payment to begin your commitment. Gifts of cash, check, or credit card are most common and will allow us to meet our most immediate needs. Checks should be made payable to St. Thomas the Apostle School.

Automatic Withdrawal

You may set up an automatic withdrawal from a bank account in order to make initial gifts and recurring payments. Please send an email to to facilitate this process.

Credit or Debit Payments

You may make initial gifts and set up recurring payments with your credit or debit cards. Below are some pre-set options. All payments are securely processed through PayPal. If you find that you need an option not available below please contact us at and we will be happy to set up custom amounts.

One time donation:
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Pledges with monthly payments:
Due to PayPal regulations, monthly commitments are collected in a 52-month span.
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Pledges with yearly payments:
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Corporate Matching

We are happy to participate in Corporate Match programs. Either directly through STA or through our independent “Friends of STA” organization, we can work with your employer to set up a matching program.

Gifts of Securities

Stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares that have appreciated have an immediate impact on our campaign and also create an income tax deduction for you based on their current value. Please contact our front office at (415) 221-2711 for more information.

Life Insurance

You may donate to the campaign by making St. Thomas the Apostle School the owner and beneficiary of your insurance policy. Please contact our front office at (415) 221-2711 for more information.

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts can be made in the following ways: is the process of carefully selecting the best method and asset for making a charitable gift. Such a gift can enable you work within existing tax laws to accomplish your financial and charitable goals. Planned gifts can be made in the following ways Bequests by will or living trust, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Lead Trusts, Beneficiary benefits from IRA’s, pensions, or financial accounts.

We are grateful for all contributions to fund our seismic and infrastructure work. The five year chart to the right may serve as a guide as you determine the appropriate level of giving for you and your family. For more information, please visit or email