Since our founding in 1947, thousands of young people have been shaped by the generosity and commitment of our community. From the acreage and school buildings to the instruction and endowment, generations of generous visionaries have created the independent school we enjoy today. CCS is an independent, 501(c)3 non-profit school and does not receive public funding. Like most independent schools, CCS has two main fundraising areas: annual giving and capital campaigns.
Tuition and fees cover less than 77% of our school’s budget. About $2,300 per student is needed every year to ensure our academic and extra-curricular programs remain available and exceptional. These funds are raised from our endowment, the auction, and most importantly, contributions to the CCS Scholarship Fund.
Periodically, we embark on a capital campaign to fund vital projects beyond the scope of daily operations.
The CCS Annual Giving campaign is one of the largest and most fundamental fundraising effort, providing significant and immediate annual resources. Every student, athlete, drama student, musician, and artist—as well as their teachers—benefits from your unrestricted donations to the CCS Annual Fund.
Many families also enjoy participating in our Annual auction & Partnership Dinner, held each May, as volunteers, sponsors, auction item donors, and attendees.
- Like the CCS Annual Giving campaign, the annual auction raises funds for current-year use. Specifically, funds raised through the auction support faculty and staff professional development, community engagement, and special projects that enhance our campus and students’ learning experience.
- Learn more about the Annual Auction & Partnership Dinner here.
Donate or pledge today to benefit every CCS student immediately with a gift by cash, check, credit card, or stock.
Check or Cash: Please make checks payable to Columbia Christian Schools and mail to: CCS Development Department 9101 E Burnside Road, Portland, OR 97216.
Give Online: Click here to make a gift online. You can charge your gift on a VISA, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover.
Pledge Online: To make a pledge payable at a future date please contact us.
Gifts of Stock: Many donors choose to make their gifts in the form of stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or other assets that have increased in value. A gift of appreciated securities (held for more than 12 months) may allow the donor to avoid the high cost of capital gains tax, while also receiving a tax deduction for the appreciated security. Making a stock gift is simple. If you would like to find out more, please contact the Development office.
Matching Gifts: Many companies will match donations from current and retired employees. We encourage you to seek out your employer's matching gift program – it could double or triple the size of your gift.
Memorial and Tribute Gifts: A way to honor or remember an important person.
No. Our ability to cover our annual operating expenses will always be a top priority so we hope all parents will contribute to the Columbia Christian Schools Fund and/or auction.
To continue to be able to deliver Christ centered education, we seek charitable donations from parents, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, foundations, faculty, staff, and friends to help CCS continue pursuing our mission statement.
Donations of every size are gratefully received. We ask all parents to make Columbia Christian Schools one of their top three charitable priorities. We ask all members of our community to donate at a level that is personally significant to them.
We also would like to encourage everyone to become a member of the 1947 Society.
Quite possibly. A Gift-in-Kind is a voluntary contribution of goods or services that can be used to advance the mission of the school or can be readily converted to cash and may qualify as a charitable deduction for the person(s) making the gift.
Absolutely!! A monthly gift by credit card or electronic funds transfer (EFT) is a great way to provide support to CCS students. Sustainable support and one less thing to remember!
Recurring monthly or non-recurring on time donations can be completed here.