Ada Christian School Education Foundation
In 1989, a group of parents developed a plan to ensure the future of Ada Christian School by creating the Ada Christian School Education Foundation. The purpose was to build an endowment fund from which earnings could be used to support Ada Christian School by reducing the cost of tuition for all families, providing need-based financial aid, underwriting important academic programs, and sustaining facility maintenance.
Each year, we hold our Annual Dinner and the proceeds go directly to the Ada Christian School Education Foundation. Other commitments in the form of bequests and planned gifts provide significant support for the Foundation’s advancement.
For questions or additional information about charitable trusts, gift annuities, memorial gifts, life income agreements or estate planning; please contact Mark Stuit, Director of Advancement (676.1289, gro.naitsirhcada@tiutsm).
What is the endowment? An endowment takes in contributions of money or other assets, which uses the resulting investment income for a specific purpose. The ACSEF created an endowment fund for Ada Christian School from which earnings are used annually to support the operations of the school. Over the years, the endowment has provided over $6 million to ACS!
- As a donor, your endowment gift creates a sustained benefit to programs and priorities at ACS that are most significant to you. A robust endowment helps keep tuition affordable for families desiring a Christian education for their children.
- As a parent, the benefit of an endowment comes in the form of enhancing a program or offsetting operating costs. In other words, it supports affordability without sacrificing the quality of your student’s ACS education.
- For ACS, the endowment is important to protecting and perpetuating our commitment to Christ-centered education. Investment income can provide stability and relieve pressure as the economy changes. We’ve seen the benefits of this first hand during the global pandemic.
The ACSEF is steadfast in its stewardship of the endowment, and strives to foster growth. Over the years, the endowment has grown significantly and is able to cover more than 10% of the school’s annual budget. Every gift makes a difference and will provide for generations of ACS families!
For questions or additional information about charitable trusts, gift annuities, memorial gifts, life income agreements or estate planning, please contact Mark Stuit, Director of Advancement (616.676.1289, gro.naitsirhcada@tiutsm).
Foundation Board of Directors
The Education Foundation Board of Directors meet regularly to assess the current state of the endowment and to plan for the future. It is our honor to dutifully serve the ACS community by responsibly managing donated funds to fulfil the school’s mission.
Each year, we host an Annual fundraising event and the proceeds go to the Ada Christian School endowment fund. Each year, the Education Foundation gives investment income directly to the school, which covers over 10% of its annual budget. Other commitments in the form of bequests and planned gifts provide significant support for the Foundation’s advancement.
Ben Ferwerda, President
Jeremy Frost, Vice President
Jamie Mulder, Treasurer
Brad Kaminski, Secretary
Mark Stuit, Director of Advancement
Melissa Brower, Principal