Frequently Asked Questions
Why the Campaign?
- Increasing enrollment has increased the need for student financial assistance. Sunnydale is one of the few if not the only Seventh-Day Adventist boarding academy operating at full capacity with 140 to 150 students.
- Over the last 10 years the percentage of students needing assistance has increased.
- Industry work opportunities have declined because of US labor department regulations.
- Funding the need for student assistance in advance will add stability to the budget process.
- Having an adequate student assistance fund allows Sunnydale to fulfill its mission of reaching the maximum number of young people for Christ.
*See the Campaign Introduction videos for more information.
What is the goal of the Campaign?
- The goal of the Campaign is to insure that every student that wants to be at Sunnydale can be regardless of family financial standing.
What is the duration of the Campaign?
This Campaign will continue as the main fundraiser for student financial assistance funds for the next several years. Phase I of the campaign (see results below) ended June 30, 2017. Phase II and Phase III will coincide with school years 2017-18 and 2018-19.
What is the duration of the Campaign?
The need for student financial assistance will always be present. However, this campaign is a 3- year three-phase plan.
- Phase One: January 1, 2017 thru June 30, 2017. Goal: Raise $700,000 to meet that year’s student assistance need and begin developing a future pool of available funds. Actual raised $696,000. Small pool of funds created.
- Phase Two: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Goal: Raise another $700,000 so the future need pool can be increased and to increase the number to people participating to 1,000.
- Phase Three: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. Goal: Continue with raising dollars and increasing the number participating in the Campaign.
- Students are getting a free ride: Not so. Every family’s resources and payment capability are reviewed and a payment plan is set up as a part of the application process.
- Students no longer work: Not so. The cafeteria, dorms, grounds, maintenance, teachers and office still use students to get work done. Work is incorporated as part of the academic curriculum. All dorm students participate in cafeteria cleanup and dorm cleanliness activities. Because of government regulations industry is no longer a part of the work plan.
- Sunnydale is in debt: Not so. There is no debt not even to the Conference. This Campaign is solely about using Sunnydale’s resources to maximize the number of young people we reach for Christ.
How are the Campaign funds tracked and used?
Strict accounting procedures are maintained. Monies that come in are placed in a fund restricted for student assistance. For every dollar released from that restricted fund there will be and must be a dollar applied to a student account.
How is the information about this Campaign being presented to potential donors?
Letters, emails, phone calls and personal visits are being made. A series of Campaign videos have been prepared. These videos have been sent to all Iowa-Missouri Conference churches. They are also being sent to many donors that reside outside our local conference by mailed DVD and email. They are also available for viewing at www.sunnydale.org and on the Sunnydale u-tube channel.
How do I give to the Student Assistance Scholarship Campaign?
Payment may be made by check, credit/debit card or electronic check.
- Send your checks to Sunnydale Academy at 6818 Audrain Rd 9139, Centralia, MO 65240
- Go to www.sunnydale.org to make you gift by credit card, debit card or electronic check.
- Gifts may be one time gifts or set up as automatically reoccurring gifts.
Will I receive a tax deductible receipt?
Yes. Each gift will receive and acknowledgement by a thank you card or letter and a receipt.