Ways to Give

Greater Portland Christian School is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and gifts to the school are tax-deductible. Here are some of the ways you can help us continue to make a solid Christian education available in the greater Portland area:

Current Gifts

These are made in the current year, and the school may utilize and access them immediately:

  • Cash
  • Stocks, Bonds, and Other Appreciated Securities
  • Real Estate
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Charitable Lead Trusts
  • Tangible Personal Property

Deferred Gifts

These are directly connected to your financial or estate plan, in order to enable GPCS to meet future needs and goals. Such gifts include:

  • Bequests
  • Charitable Gift Annuities
  • Charitable Remainder Trusts
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement Assets


Unrestricted gifts: Gifts without specific restrictions; use determined by the school

Restricted gifts: Gifts whose purpose is designated by the donor (Restricted gifts are accepted based on their consistency with the school’s mission, goals, and priorities).

Gifts in Kind: Gifts of tangible personal property that are in good condition, useful in educational programming, and/or readily salable. It is the donor’s responsibility to place a value on an in-kind gift for tax purposes.

Honor/Memorial gifts: Gifts in honor of or in memory of an individual(s) or family. The GPCS Business Office will notify the honoree(s) and/or the family of those remembered. Efforts involving the physical placement of a plaque, tree, or other items in memorial or tribute of someone must be submitted to the GPCS Finance Committee for approval.

Naming Gifts: Naming gifts should equal at least 51% of the total construction costs of a facility, and are accepted based on their consistency with the school’s mission, goals, and priorities. A similar formula is used for the naming of rooms or other sections of a facility.

Annual Fund Campaign:  Our Annual Fund campaign consists of fundraising events and letter appeals to our current families, alumni families, friends, businesses, and churches. The campaign raises unrestricted money to support the operating budget, which includes instructional materials, programming, equipment and technology, as well as faculty salaries, faculty development, and facility maintenance. The Annual Fund is the primary means to make up the difference between what is paid in tuition and the real cost of educating each student. Annual Fund contributions are tax-deductible, whereas tuition is not. Gifts to the Annual Fund also help fund our Tuition Assistance Program.

Major Gifts: Major gift contributions support specific projects, equipment, or programs (typically capital needs that are not part of the operating budget).

Tuition Assistance Program: Our Tuition Assistance Program makes the difference for some families being able to have their children receive a Christian education. Contributions toward this fund are greatly needed and greatly appreciated. However, contributions cannot be designated for specific students. All donations toward this program go into the general Tuition Assistance Program fund. The donations are pooled with existing funds to allocate to students in need who have applied for aid and have met the criteria.

For any questions about giving to GPCS, please contact the Business Office at 207-808-8350, ext. 201.