Share in the Mission of CHA
Fundraising at CHA
With over 100 churches and 34 communities served through our school body, the expressed desire of Christian Heritage Academy is to make exemplary Christ-centered education available to as many families as possible. Thus, annual tuition provides approximately 65% of the funds needed to cover CHA’s annual expenses. CHA’s Annual Fund exists in order to “fill the gap” between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating students each school year.
In 1982, five families began praying for a Christian school to emerge in the northern suburbs, and as a result of their prayer and careful planning, Christian Heritage Academy opened its doors in 1984 to 61 students. Today, nearly 400 students attend our school in Northfield, IL. Much has changed over the years, but one thing is unchanging. Christian Heritage Academy remains committed to our mission statement: “to provide an exemplary education based on biblical values to children of Christian families, equipping them to become lifetime followers of Jesus Christ.”
It is with this mission in mind that we seek to raise the funds needed to continue the good work God began at CHA three decades ago.
CHA engages its families and the community at large in various efforts to raise funds in support of our Mission. Some of these include:
Coins for CHA – Held in the Fall, this is an All CHA FUNdraiser. CHA classes take part in a friendly fundraising competition. With a student goal to raise a total of $10,000 in coins, students get creative as they bring in coins to help support their school, including digging into their pockets for spare change, bringing in jars of saved up coins, and contributing money from the sale of small items that are no longer needed. Adults may also spur students on by sponsoring a classroom or a grade with matching gifts, or with set gift amounts, that are tallied in addition to the $10,000 student goal. To date, students have met or exceeded their goal each year, and with the additional gifts added in, the final total runs even higher.
Spring Benefit – The CHA Spring Benefit is an annual event that supports the Annual Fund.
Annual Fund Giving – The Annual Fund exists to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a CHA education. The education of every student at CHA is subsidized by the Annual Fund, amounting to approximately $2,000-$3,000 per student, allowing tuition rates to be significantly lower than the actual cost of a CHA education. Families, alumni, corporate matching donors and others are encouraged to prayerfully consider how they might support the Annual Fund, whether through a regular monthly amount, an annual gift, or other giving. CHA welcomes financial gifts of any size throughout the year. Please give on our Donation Page.
Stones of Remembrance – Celebrate a special milestone or achievement, or honor the memory of a loved one through a Stones of Remembrance gift to CHA. The person being honored or the family of a loved one will be sent a card to let them know that a gift with lasting significance has been donated in their honor to CHA.
Box Tops for Education – By saving and collecting Box Top Coupons from certain products, CHA earns cash that benefits the school each year.
Eighth Grade Fundraising – Eighth grade students raise funds to help subsidize the cost of their trip to Washington DC and their annual banquet, as well as to provide an 8th grade gift to the school. Efforts include monthly Hot Dog Days, canvas locker organizer sale, and a spring car wash.
Upper School Mission Trip Fundraising – CHA Upper School students raise funds to help subsidize the cost of a mission trip abroad during the month of January. Efforts include car wash, T-shirts sales and other student-led fundraising ideas.