Giving Report 2021

Giving by the Numbers

Little Flower Academy is an independent school. The exceptional school experience that our students know is based heavily on the generous gifts we receive, both to enrich the day-to-day experience and to deliver all of our capital improvements. There is no "other" funding from parishes, the Archdiocese or the Sisters of St. Ann. We raised more than $730,000 in philanthropic support. Annual giving, capital gifts and endowment support are critical to the young women at LFA receiving a truly extraordinary Catholic, girls' education: arguably one of the best in our country.

Annual Giving
Gifts are immediately invested in the programs, resources and opportunities that make an LFA education so exceptional. This year they've also been integral to our COVID safety response across campus. Gifts this year of nearly  $440,000 have provided the resources that make each girl’s experience both safe and rewarding.

Visionary Giving
Plans to modernize our beautiful campus and give today's young women the tools for an empowered tomorrow are in the works. In anticipation, our community has seeded nearly $170,000 to see us through the early stages of planning for a generational change in our campus. The LFA Foundation also received more than $85,000 in endowment fund commitments this year. The LFA Foundation now manages approximately $1.85 million for the benefit of today's students. The Foundation is excited to also serve future generations of young women seeking an exceptional, all girls' education in our community. 

Walkathon and Viva Las Vegas
This year's Walkathon raised a little over $55,000. The efforts of our students contribute to their own education and reinforce an understanding of community ownership. With the global pandemic turning our world upside-down, The Parents' Auxiliary was very disappointed to cancel their Viva Las Vegas event for a second year in a row. Finger crossed they can move forward next year with this community-favourite event. 

Fundraising Overview

Enrichment and safety in an extraordinary year. It has taken so many forms! Touchless water taps in the bathrooms to new HVAC air extraction units for classrooms, and cleaning supplies across campus. Upgraded chromebooks to make sure every student had a computer to take home. Software and support. Digital textbooks. Filming for choir performances. New athletic equipment. Books and e-books in the library. The list is far too long, but it's universally possible because of a generous community. 
 


While operating enrichment has been consistent over the past few years, overall giving has again increased. In particular, we've seen people getting behind our plans for campus redevelopment and the long-term implications of a school endowment. Donor designations vary slightly year to year and reflect the vision and desired support of our amazing community.

There is no one profile of a donor who gives to Little Flower Academy, though all will have a connection to the work of the school, the impact it has on young women in our community, and the legacy fostering self confidence in our graduates.

Endowment

The LFA Endowment Fund has grown significantly this past year, setting a pathway for future generations of young women. More than just a response to the school's 2020/2021 COVID Response Fund there has been significant investment in financial aid and unrestricted endowment.

We would like to acknowledge and celebrate a new Family Endowments this year: The Hensel Family Endowment was established by the family (both parents and grandparents) of a graduating student. She was the last of three sisters to graduate from LFA in the past few years. The family's long connection to the school and their commitment to philanthropic values informed their perspective that an endowment gift serves the students today, and in perpetuity.


It has become a recent tradition that in lieu of a physical class gift, parents and grandparents of graduating students have given a class gift to the school in thanks for the education their daughters have received. It started in 2012 when the endowment fund was brand new and a Class of 2012 gift was designated to support financial aid at the school. The 50th Reunion of the Class of 1962 was held at the school, just weeks after the Class of 2012 had announced their gift and, in a beautiful moment of community action, they too pledged a gift. With that, two classes, 50 years apart, launched the Class Endowments to support financial aid.

Several families from this year's Class of 2021 have added to the legacy, carrying on a special tradition that provides directly to our core value of accessibility. The collective endowment of the many class funds now disburses important financial aid to current students at LFA.




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