Support SCCS

Support Our Mission

We are a blessed community! Through support from our parents, grandparents, alumni, friends, and churches, we are able to continue our mission … to be a Christ-centered learning community intent on restoring God’s world. We are able to offer a richer and more vibrant experience due in large part to the generosity of our extended family. Your support comes in many ways … financial support, service, and your sharing of expertise, enthusiasm, and love. We commit to you to be diligent, effective, and transparent in our work. Please click here to see a copy of our most recent Annual Report.

How the CARES ACT Impacts Your Charitable Giving

In March 2020, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) was passed as a federal stimulus package to provide relief to individuals and businesses. There are several ways this Act may affect your charitable giving:
  • Charitable Gift Deduction: $300 – Even if you take the federal standard tax deduction, you can deduct an additional $300 in charitable giving from your gross income. These must be cash gifts and cannot be made through donor-advised funds.
  • Donors may deduct cash gifts up to 100% of their AGI (adjusted gross income) in 2020. These gifts must be made directly to a charity to qualify. (Previously the limit was 60%)
  • The Act waives the required minimum distribution (RMD) from IRAs for 2020. However, supporters that are 70 ½ years or older may find that making a Qualified Charitable Distribution from their IRA continues to be a cost effective way to give to a charity.
  • Corporations can deduct charitable gifts of up to 25% of income. (Previously the limit was 10%).

Ways to Give Now

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  • Annual Fund

    Goal for 2019/20: $350,000

    The Annual Fund is the backbone of our fundraising efforts. These gifts support some of our highest priorities. Here are a few examples of how these gifts are used:

    Tuition Assistance
    This program provides much needed funding to keep an SCCS education accessible to our families. With the rising costs of education, and life in general, more and more families rely on this assistance.

    Investing in Students
    Investing in Faculty
    We employ exceptional, committed teachers. To ensure our faculty can fully invest in their students, we support them through professional development, with competitive wages and benefits, and by providing student support services.

    Relevant & Exciting Curricula
    We recently purchased the Smithsonian Science curriculum for the elementary grades. This new curriculum includes hands-on experiments, the use of scientific processes, and encourages finding solutions to real world problems. Want to learn how to build a catapult? Just ask one of our 3rd graders.

  • Tuition Assistance Fund for COVID-19

    Many of our families have been financially impacted from the COVID-19 crisis.  Your gift to this fund will help ensure students can continue their education at SCCS uninterrupted.
  • Foundation

    The SCCS Foundation is a permanent fund in which the donor’s gift funds the future. The assets are invested and managed by the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Only the income earnings are used to provide an annual source of financial support for the school.

    Since its inception, the Foundation’s assets have grown from its first gift of $100 to over almost $9 million. In 2019/20, the Foundation supported the school with a gift of $310,000. A strong Foundation helps ensure that Southwest Chicago Christian Schools will continue to the next generations.
    • Cash donations are always welcome – just click on the “Donate” button above.
    • Planned Gifts – Most of the growth for the Foundation has come from planned gifts – estates and wills, real estate, appreciated stock gifts, etc. Please go to the Planned Giving section below for more information. Please note that if you want to designate your gift to the Foundation, you must indicate the recipient of the gift as Southwest Chicago Christian Schools Foundation.
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  • Memorial and Honorary Gifts

    A memorial gifts acknowledge the memory of a friend or loved one who has passed. SCCS will share the names of the donors with the family of the memorialized individual.

    Honorary gifts celebrate special occasions in the lives of our community—birthdays, anniversaries, and milestones. SCCS will share the names of the donors with the individual being honored.
  • Alumni Project

    Each year, Chicago Christian High School alumni come together to fund a need identified by the principal. With the generosity of our alumni, we have remodeled the school bathrooms, installed new drama and stage lighting in the auditorium, and purchased electronic screens for the hallways to improve communication with students. Stay tuned to find out what the project will be for 2019/20! Check out the Alumni Page to see the list of projects alumni have funded in decades past, plus learn about our alumni events, check on the status of your reunion, and find out what’s going on with your classmates.
  • Athletic Booster Club

    Booster's supports inter-scholastic sports on all three campuses -- Oak Lawn, Tinley Park, and Chicago Christian High School.  They purchase all of the team uniforms, and fund specific needs for the teams.  See the Booster's page for more information.
  • Matching Gifts

    Many employers participate in a matching gift program. By making a gift to Southwest Chicago Christian School, your employer may match the amount and double your gift! Please check with your human resources department for information and to obtain your matching gift forms. If you need assistance, please contact Jean Bergeson at or 708.388.7656.
  • Legacy Bricks

    Become a permanent part of Chicago Christian High School through our personalized brick program.  Design an engraved brick to be placed at the front entrance of the high school.  All profits from this program will go towards continued enhancements of the high school campus.  

    Cost:  $200 for individuals; $300 for businesses; $500 for Class Reunions
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Ways to Invest in the Future - Smart & Powerful PLANNED Giving

Planned gifts offer you smart and creative ways to support Southwest Chicago Christian Schools – often while benefitting your family, too. By understanding the available options, you can multiply the end results of your generosity in ways that are simple, flexible, cost-effective and extraordinarily powerful.

Gifts in a Will
By including charitable giving in your will, you model to your loved ones a legacy of generosity. You also help ensure SCCS continues to make a difference well beyond your lifetime.
Non-Cash Assets
You may be able to increase your potential impact –and experience significant tax benefits – by giving non-cash assets.
Examples of non-cash assets
  • Stock or marketable securities
  • Real estate
  • Business interests
  • Farm commodities
  • IRA charitable rollover (for donors ages 70 ½ and older)
  • Tangible personal property
Income for Life
Lifetime income agreements are wonderful solutions for Christians who wish to give in a substantial way, but are concerned about having enough retirement income. You can give cash or other property, and receive steady income for the rest of your life. The remainder will benefit SCCS.

Questions?  Contact our Director of Mission Advancement, Jean Bergeson, at 708.388.7656 or

Check out these tips to make your gift giving and estate planning more impactful!

We partner with Barnabas Foundation to offer our supporters Planned Giving and Estate Planning services at no cost. Their professional staff provides confidential consultation and Planned Giving expertise.

To find out more about Barnabas Foundation, call 888.448.3040 or go to their website at

Winston Churchill

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.

Not 'Got To' But 'Get To'

Gifts made to Southwest Chicago Christian School and Chicago Christian High School are tax deductible. Southwest Chicago Christian Schools Association is a recognized 501(c)3 charitable organization.

More Ways to Support SCCS - Volunteering

Looking to get connected with our community? How about volunteering? We need you! Please check with our supporting organizations listed below. Parents can also check with their campus office. There are always lots of opportunities, and we have ongoing needs at the Pass It On Thrift Center. Did you know this thrift center provides support to our schools specifically to keep tuition costs accessible?

Our Advancement Team

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Jean Bergeson

    Jean Bergeson 

    Director-Mission Advancement
    Amberton University - BA, Business Administration
  • Photo of Monica Adewale

    Monica Adewale 

    Advancement Assistant
    Chicago State University - BS, Criminal Justice