Advancing Excellence Campaign Frequently Asked Questions

What is a capital campaign?
A capital campaign is a special funding effort that raises dollars beyond the normal operating budget that can be used to pay for facility enhancements, programmatic needs or new construction. During a capital campaign, alumnae, parents, friends, corporations and foundations are asked to make a financial pledge with dollars above and beyond their current giving to an organization. Commitments are usually spread over five years.

What is the Advancing Excellence Campaign?
The Advancing Excellence Campaign will raise a minimum of $9.5 million. The greatest expense is the construction of a STEM building that has been identified as the school’s greatest need. Other aspects of the project include a new main entrance, Administrative and Guidance offices, a Student Commons and ADA improvements to the Art Wing and the Lennon House in order to increase accessibility. In all, the construction will add almost 25,000 square feet onto Beaumont School.

Why now?
Beaumont has always been committed to excellence in education, and dedicated to preparing young women for life, leadership and service. Our current science facilities were constructed fifty years ago and lack the infrastructure to support the technologies that have emerged, and continue to emerge in these fields. While our students excel in STEM subjects despite the facilities, Beaumont wants to expand their access to technologies and hands-on learning opportunities inside the classroom. As we watch our other Catholic schools in the area close, we know that we need to invest in our facilities in order to create a modern learning environment that lets us integrate technology into all that we do. This campaign demonstrates our commitment to serving young women, and continuing to be a part of the Cleveland Heights community well into the future.

Are you building “green”?
Yes. In recognition of Beaumont’s commitment to the environment, the new academic building will be LEED certified. The United States Green Building Council describes LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environment Design, as an internationally recognized mark of excellence that provides a framework for high performance in areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

Will the construction of the STEM building increase the cost of annual tuition?
No. We are asking for support from alumnae, parents, friends, corporations and foundations to fund the costs of expansion. Costs associated with the campaign will not be passed on to families through increases in tuition.

Is a gift to the campaign separate and “on top of” my gifts to the Annual Fund?
Yes, a gift to the Advancing Excellence Campaign would be separate—above and beyond what you would normally give to support operating costs. It is essential that the operating costs continue at or above their present level in order to pay for the day-to-day operations of the school. However, this campaign is essential for the long-term vitality of Beaumont.

How much should I give?
For every person, this answer will be different. There is no specific per household expectation. Each family has different financial means and abilities to give. As a community, we are able to come together to share in the sacrifice necessary for this project to be a success. The gift you make is an expression of your belief in our mission and your appreciation of your experience with Beaumont.

Is my contribution to the Campaign tax-deductible?
Yes. A gift to Beaumont School for the Advancing Excellence Campaign is tax- deductible, as we are recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This requires that the donor itemize his/her deductions by using appropriate tax forms.

“Thank you to Mrs. Fletcher for preparing me so well. I learned so much in her class and I would be lost in college chemistry if it wasn’t for all that I learned at Beaumont.” - Kat Van Gunten ‘10

“Many thanks for your teaching, support, enthusiasm, love of science, and vision of technical opportunities. You continuously work to encourage the girls to dream. Please continue your fine work to encourage, mold, and grow great technical women. Our world needs them!” –Sven Wiberg P’10 (to Mrs. Santo)

“Thanks again for your dedication to science, your students, and Beaumont.” Molly Wiberg ’10 (to Mrs. Santo)

“Thanks for being such a great teacher and preparing me for college Biology!” –Maggie Prosser ’06 (to Mrs. Brandon)