From Candy Sales to Committed Donors: A Guide to Financing Christian Schools

Lockerbie, D. Bruce. From Candy Sales to Committed Donors: A Guide to Financing Christian Schools. Milwaukee, WI: Christian Stewardship Association, 1996.

Lockerbie's book, part of a series on Protestant para-church institutions, is based on a survey mailed to 3,208 Christian schools. Responses were received from 606 schools, and Lockerbie is able to offer information about the true cost of tuition and the expenses of the schools, fund- raising practices and goals, and the role of the development staff and the school board. The size of the schools varies from four students to 2,167 students. Sixty-five percent of the schools saw an increase in enrollment over the previous year, while 3% suffered a decrease. More than half of the schools (57%) are owned or supported by a single sponsoring congregation; 34% are primarily governed by parents. Lockerbie also found that even the largest schools generated income averaging only $2,333 per student, compared to a national public school average of $5,193. Many schools rely on a steady cycle of fund-raising events to supplement their tuition income. Most have not solicited large donors, nor sought planned or deferred gifts, held a capital campaign, or received foundation grants. Parent volunteers are an important fund-raising resource for most schools. (SM)