Ways to Support

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is a gift fund that enables persons to contribute to the school to support a level of educational excellence beyond what could be provided by tuition alone. It has three divisions: Annual Fund Giving, Fundraising Events and Church Giving.

Tax Credits for Scholarships

Substantial tax credits are available to eligible businesses contributing to a Scholarship Organization, an Educational Improvement Organization, and/or a Pre-Kindergarten Scholarship Organization.

Fundraising Events

Each campus in the LM system holds fundraising events to support the annual fund, including: auctions, sub sales, chicken BBQ’s, Race for Education rallies, and Soup and Sundae Nights. These are all ways to contribute toward the Annual Fund and support an excellent education.

Lancaster Campus

Kraybill Campus

Locust Grove Campus

New Danville Campus

Hershey Campus

All events are supported by parents, friends and alumni volunteers. For more information on how you could support an event, contact Mackenzie King at (717) 509-4459, ext. 709.

Other Ways to Support

Box Tops for Education

Clip 10¢ Box Tops coupons from hundreds of General Mills products and partnering brands, like Cheerios®, Betty Crocker®, Hefty®, Juicy Juice®, Ziploc®, Kleenex® and many more!

Amazon Smile

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Lancaster Mennonite School whenever you shop on Amazon Smile. You can select a different charitable organization after signing in. Amazon Smile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Support LM by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com.

A+ School Rewards

A+ School Rewards are points that accrue with each purchase using the BONUSCARD. At the end of each month, GIANT will determine your school’s cash total, which, then, is automatically credited to your school’s account.

A Plus Rewards from Giant

Office Max/Office Depot "Give Back to Schools"

Simply make a purchase of qualifying school supplies, provide your school ID at checkout and LM will receive 5% back in credits for FREE supplies! All the campuses have codes.

  • Lancaster Mennonite School ID: 70086705
  • Lancaster Mennonite School – Kraybill ID: 70087295
  • Lancaster Mennonite School – New Danville ID: 70086721 (Listed as New Danville Mennonite School)
  • LMS – Locust Grove Mennonite School ID: 70088911
  • LMS – Hershey Campus ID: 70120548 (Listed as Hershey Christian School)

Sustaining Hope Endowment

Endowments are legacy gifts that exist in perpetuity. These gifts, representing the vision of the donor, are carefully managed by Lancaster Mennonite School to provide permanent, ongoing support for our students and programs. Endowments are managed to provide annual income and also to grow the corpus (the body of the endowment) so that the gift does not lose purchasing power over time. Endowment gifts may be made from current income, planned giving and estates.

Ensuring Student Opportunity

Nothing we do to improve the quality of a Lancaster Mennonite education will matter if students and families cannot afford the opportunities we offer. Need-based scholarships are the school’s top priority.

Financial barriers block the dreams of many parents and students. Every year, talented students who desire a LMS education do not enroll because their families cannot afford the cost of tuition. However, with the investment of our alumni and friends, we can keep LMS opportunities accessible.

Endowment enables LMS to:

  • Offer merit scholarships for grades 6-12. These scholarships, available for new students coming to LMS in grades 6-12, enable us to attract students of merit who enrich our learning community
  • Provide need-based scholarships for students who do not have the financial resources to pay the full cost of tuition. To provide assurance that scholarship awards are fair and equitable, scholarship amounts are based on the recommendation of an independent scholarship processing agency that reviews applicant’s’ financial statements
  • Recruit quality students and enable students to seize the opportunities of an LMS education.

A strong future is provided by giving to established endowments, to new endowments for educational programs and staff positions, or to a general endowment that helps cover the difference between the tuition revenue and the actual cost of education. Endowments enable LMS to be a premier leader in PreK-12 educational excellence and character development. Through local and global connections and the Spirit’s power, we will transform students to change our world through the power of Christlike love, peacemaking and service.

Special IRA Tax-Free Gifts

For those aged 70½ or older, it is once again possible to make tax-favored charitable gifts from traditional and Roth IRA accounts. Congress passed legislation extending the charitable IRA rollover for 2016 and makes this provision permanent for future years. A total of up to $100,000 can be transferred directly from traditional or Roth IRAs to one or more qualified charities such as Lancaster Mennonite School, free from federal income tax each year. There may also be state income tax savings. Amounts given in this way count toward required IRA minimum withdrawal amounts for the year of the gift.To make such gifts, it is important to not withdraw funds prior to a gift, but have the gift amount distributed directly from an IRA to LMS. For those with check writing privileges on their accounts, this may be the most efficient way to make gifts directly from an IRA. Click here for a letter that you may want to use to notify your account administrator of your wishes. Note that if you would like to take advantage of this in 2016 timing is critical. Check with us, your IRA administrator or your tax advisor for more information.