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The Nashville Christian Fund

Our theme this year is Matthew 35:41-45: the widow who gave out of her poverty. In this verse, Jesus recognizes and lauds a poor widow’s offering over the larger offerings of the wealthy. The message is clear; her faith was not in substance or material wealth, but in a God who provides, in a God who recognizes true sacrifice, faith and motive.

What is the Nashville Christian Fund (NCF) and what does it support?
The NCF is the school’s annual fund campaign to raise unrestricted dollars to meet our operating budget. For Nashville Christian, as it is with all private schools, tuition dollars do not cover all of the operating expenses. We have to bridge that gap in order to sustain and grow a quality Christian school environment long term. Annual funds like the NCF are commonplace for independent schools in Nashville and throughout the country.

Why not just raise tuition to fill this gap?
This would make tuition unattainable for many of our families and decrease the balance of family diversity. One big advantage that the NCF has over major tuition hikes is that NCF gifts are tax-deductible—tuition is not. This allows families to donate according to their giving capability.

Is everyone expected to donate?
Absolutely! Participation is an expectation of each family who attends NCS. All families can give something and that gift, no matter its size, is greatly appreciated. Being able to count on each family participating is vital when NCS seeks external funding.

Why should we give? 

  • To help us bridge the gap.
  • To show our families’ commitment when applying for external grants. (Although the majority of philanthropic dollars come from individuals, funds are available from foundations and corporations. One of the first things examined when reviewing grant applications is the internal giving of that school or organization. It does make sense: Why would an outside organization fund us when our internal constituencies don’t care enough to donate themselves?)
  • To be a viable and contributing part of our NCS community by taking ownership in your children’s school.
  • To invest in your child’s education. What better way is there to direct your philanthropic dollars?

Our family supports the school through time, not financial resources, doesn’t that count?
Volunteerism at NCS is greatly valued, but it is totally separate from participation in the NCF. We need our families to participate with their time, talents and financial resources in order to nurture and sustain a PreK-12th college- preparatory school that offers challenging academics from a Christian perspective.

Tax-deductible gift options
Cash, credit cards and stock transfers are all accepted. Send in your gift today (donation envelope enclosed) or make a pledge for later payment. Online giving is available for credit card gifts on our secure site. All gifts need to be received by June 30th.
Pick a club that works for you. Donors at the Eagle levels will be invited to an annual President’s “State of School” Dinner. All levels of giving will be recognized in the annual report.

Click below to learn more about those who are making an impact in the lives of our students:

We need your participation and support.
The only gift that is too small is no gift at all. We hold parent volunteer phonathons, so we urge you to make your gift or pledge now and save fellow NCS parents a call or the school from incurring the cost of additional mailings. Checks should be made payable to Nashville Christian School and both MasterCard and Visa are welcomed. Stock transfer information is available from the contact listed below.

Gifts can be made in honor or memory of someone and will be noted in our Annual Report. Also, don’t leave money on the table – check with your company’s HR department and see if matching gifts are available and you can double your gift!

Questions? Please contact...
Karen Whelan
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
p 615-356-5600 ext.120


We make a living by what we get,
but we make a life by what we give.  
                              – Sir Winston Churchill