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Ways to Give

List of 12 frequently asked questions.


    St. Thomas graciously accepts cash gifts, including checks and major credit cards: VISA, American Express, and MasterCard.

    Make checks payable to St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School and send them to:
    St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School
    c/o Office of Advancement
    5692 North Kendall Drive
    Coral Gables, Florida 33156

    Donors can choose to make a promised gift in the future instead of making the donation right away. Pledges are due by June 30th, 2024, the end of the fiscal year for St. Thomas.

    In order to make a pledge, please indicate on a paper pledge card and return it to the Office of Advancement or pledge online.  To pledge online, please select Bill me later and submit using the “Make my Pledge” button.

    Please keep in mind that St. Thomas accepts gifts from donor-advised funds (DAF). If you have a DAF, please consider recommending to your financial advisor that they support St. Thomas. 

    If you would like more information don't hesitate to get in touch with Quentin M. Derryberry, III via email at qderryberry@stepsmia.org or by calling (786) 268-3496

    Donors may choose to make credit card gifts or schedule monthly installments though our secure donation forms. To give online, click MAKE A GIFT TODAY.
  • Q. ACH

    Families at St. Thomas can choose to make their gifts through our ACH system which is used to pay tuition. The benefit of using this method is that there is no added credit card processing fee. 

    Many corporations offer their employees the opportunity to double or triple their donations as part of their benefits packages. To see if your gift qualifies for a match, please visit the Matching Gifts page and/or contact your company’s human resources department.

    Gifts of stock are advantageous as the donor may deduct the full market value on the date of the gift, and avoid capital gains tax.

    If you would like to make a gift of stock or for more information please contact Quentin M. Derryberry, III via email at qderryberry@stepsmia.org or by calling (786) 268-3496

    Planned giving, often called legacy giving or gift planning, involves making charitable donations with a long-term view, typically as part of an individual's estate planning. The impact of planned giving can be significant, both for the donor and the charitable organizations receiving these gifts. There are several avenues for leaving a planned gift with St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Church and School and joining the significant Heritage Society, a community of supporters like you who have chosen to leave a planned gift to St. Thomas generously. We encourage you to speak with an attorney and your tax or financial advisor to ensure that you make the best decision for you and your family. St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School cannot provide tax or financial advice.

    The IRA Charitable Rollover provision allows individuals who have reached age 70 ½ to donate up to $100,000 to charitable organizations directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA) without treating the distribution as taxable income.

    There are no limitations on bequest gifts. Bequests may be made for a general or specific purpose. All bequests are exempt from federal estate taxes. If you have a taxable estate, the estate tax charitable deduction may offset or eliminate estate taxes, resulting in a larger inheritance for your family. A bequest is an easy way to leave your family legacy and open doors for St.Thomas Episcopal Parish School students. Here’s how:

    • Name St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School or St. Thomas Episcopal Church in your will or revocable trust.
    • Designate St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School or St. Thomas Episcopal Church as a complete, partial, or contingent beneficiary of your retirement account (IRA, 410(k), 403(b)
    • Designate St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School or St. Thomas Episcopal Church as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy

    With the right planned gift to St. Thomas, you can protect yourself and your loved ones while taking advantage of tax and income benefits.

    If you are interested in making a bequest or another long-term gift to St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School or Church, please get in touch with Quentin M. Derryberry III at (786) 268-3496 or qderryberry@stepsmia.org.

    A beneficiary designation gift is a simple and affordable way to make a gift to support St. Thomas Episcopal Church and School. You can designate St. Thomas Church or St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School as a beneficiary of a retirement, investment, bank account, or life insurance policy. Through this gift method, you can not only support an area of St. Thomas that you care about but continue to use the account as long as you need to and receive an estate tax charitable deduction to reduce the burden of taxes on your family.

    Many combination gift options can make your giving go farther than a simple gift of property or cash. Blended gifts help you see the impact of your giving today and continue to support our mission in the future.


Leadership Giving donors are parents, grandparents, alumni, and friends of St. Thomas – people who love St. Thomas and want the best education for each new generation of students. Without their generous support, we would not be able to deliver on excellence and our mission inside and outside of the classroom. The St. Thomas Fund's most generous donors are recognized at the following levels:
The Cornerstone Society $25,000 and up
The Head of School’s Circle $20,000 to $24,999
The Rector’s Circle $15,000 to $19,999
Benefactors $10,000 to $14,999
Patrons $5,000 to $9,999
The 1953 Society $2,500 to $4,999