but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Matthew 6:20-21

Striving to make Christian education available for many.

The Annual Fund allows Norfolk Christian Schools to set tuition at affordable rates so that the highest quality Christian education is available to as many families as possible. The Annual Fund fills the gap between the annual costs of operating our three campuses and the revenue we receive from tuition and fees. Gifts to the Annual Fund provide for critical needs such as teacher salaries, technology, textbooks and program enrichment.

A: The mission of the Annual Fund is to help Norfolk Christian provide a comprehensive Christ-centered, college preparatory educational experience that prepares our students to excel while limiting our reliance on tuition. Support for the Annual Fund has a significant qualitative impact on the school and our many programs by providing unrestricted, immediate financial support. The Annual Fund provides about 7 percent of the school’s annual operating budget. Gifts to the Annual Fund are used during the current school year to:
  • Retain and recruit the best employees
  • Advance learning by consistently evaluating curriculums and teaching methodology, integrating current technology, and hands-on experiences for students
  • Provide a wide range of competitive co-curricular offerings including outstanding athletic and fine arts programs
  • Maintain our campus and our facilities to be safe and inviting
  • Provide tuition aid to families who qualify based on need
A: Our board is committed to keeping tuition increases minimal to ensure that we don’t prohibit families from having the opportunity of a Norfolk Christian education for their children. Additionally, the Annual Fund is not only the responsibility of our current families but also an effort of our extended community. Each year we are blessed to receive support from corporations, foundations, alumni, parents of alumni, grandparents, employees and friends. Through the generosity of many, we can maintain the balance of excellence in Christian education and remains attainable to a diverse community.
A: We are constantly evaluating programs, personnel, curriculum, and operations with a desire to be prudent stewards of God’s resources. This prayerful evaluation includes reducing expenses whenever possible, but only when a high standard of quality is maintained for our people and programs.
A: Yes. Most large independent and Christian schools have Annual Fund programs.
A: Donors provide 100% of the funds used for tuition assistance. Tuition aid is a part of the Annual Fund goal, meaning that the large majority of tuition aid comes from charitable gifts. Norfolk Christian also received significant support for tuition aid form the Dunlap Garrick Christian Community Foundation and the Hampton Roads Community Foundation through the Batten Educational Fund.  
A: Assistance is provided to applicants who demonstrate the need based on factors such as household income and number of students applying. All applications are reviewed by a committee who distributes aid according to need and the aid money available in the current year.
A: Gifts designated to the Worthy Servants program honor the efforts of our teachers and staff and recognize that they are the bridge between our students and a Christian worldview.
A: A group of those who support the Annual Fund in a significant way. Each member provides at least $1,000 per year over five years in order that Norfolk Christian students might be salt and light to the world as ambassadors for Christ.
A: We believe the stewardship of personal resources God has entrusted you with is a matter to be prayerfully considered. We ask that, after your church, you make the educational ministry of Norfolk Christian School a priority in your giving. Each year families give according to what they have prayerfully considered individually. While the average annual gift is around $1,000 per household, this is comprised of different size gifts ranging from a few dollars to over $25,000. God uses all gifts both great and small to impact each student.
A: Gifts to any of these Funds can be made by cash, check or credit card. We also receive gifts of appreciated stock as some have found this a good way to maximize the size of their gift and minimize capital gains taxes. You may donate online here. If you have additional questions or need assistance with making your gift, please contact Rick Nikkel in the office of Advancement at 757-423-5770 x111, or by email RNikkel@norfolkchristian.org.
A: Yes, if your employer has a matching gift program. Norfolk Christian meets most requirements necessary to match a gift. Your employer’s Human Resources Department can provide you with the necessary matching gift application forms. Additionally, all gifts to the current Honor The Past . . . Secure The Future Capital Campaign are matched, one for one, by the Aimee and Frank Batten Jr. Foundation.
Rick L. Nikkel
Angela Walsh-Benard