FAQ

WHAT IS 1950 DAY?
1950 Day is Mater Dei High School's giving day. This is our opportunity to show pride and gratitude for the impact Mater Dei has had on each of us as alumni, current students and parents, lifetime parents, grandparents, faculty/staff, and friends of this great high school. All Monarch families are encouraged to band together in the spirit of honor, glory and love and make a gift of any size. We are stronger together and have the opportunity to make a significant impact in just 24 hours. Since starting this tradition of giving back to MD, we have raised over $300,000! 

WHEN IS 1950 DAY?
Our 3rd Annual 1950 Day will take place on Friday, February 12, 2021 - just in time for Valentine's Day!  


WHY 1950?
Mater Dei High School opened its doors in 1950. In 70 years, we have grown from a local, Catholic, college preparatory high school to a world-renowned destination of excellence in academics, visual and performing arts, campus ministry, student activities, and athletics.

WHERE ARE THE PROCEEDS DIRECTED?
Donors can choose to support eight different funds designated for this year's 1950 Day (ASB-Student Activities, All School Auction, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Faculty-Staff, Film & Media Arts, Visual Arts, Performing Arts). See buckets on our 1950 Day homepage. 

HOW CAN I MAKE MY GIFT ON 1950 DAY?

3 Ways to Make Your Gift
1. Click on the bucket of your choice on our campaign homepage and follow the donation form prompts to make your gift online.  
2. Call (714) 850-9534 to provide a Visa or MasterCard and specify the fund(s) you wish to support. 
3. Mail a check payable to Mater Dei High School and mail to: Office of Advancement & Alumni, 1202 W. Edinger. Ave., Santa Ana, CA 92707
Please note "1950 Day" in the memo of your check and the fund(s) that you wish to support. 

CAN I MAKE A GIFT THROUGH MY DONOR ADVISED FUND?
Gifts to Mater Dei from your donor advised fund are always encouraged! Please contact your plan administrator to request for your gift to be directed to Mater Dei High School. For our giving day counting totals, we appreciate advanced notice of your donor advised fund disbursement. Please call us at (714) 850-9534 or e-mail alumni@materdei.org with this great news. 


DO YOU ACCEPT GIFTS OF APPRECIATED STOCK OR WIRE TRANSFERS?
We are happy to accept stock or wire transfers. Please contact (714) 850-9534 or e-mail alumni@materdei.org for instructions. 

CAN I CAN I SUPPORT MULITIPLE BUCKETS ON 1950 DAY?
YES, you can support one or more of the 8 buckets listed for 1950 Day! Please contact (714) 850-9534 or e-mail alumni@materdei.org for assistance. 


CAN MY GIFT BE MATCHED BY MY EMPLOYER?
If your company sponsors a matching gift program, you can easily increase the impact your gift will have on students, faculty and programs at Mater Dei. Most participating companies will match employee gifts dollar for dollar. Some will even double or triple-match a gift! Click here for our search tool for matching gift companies. 

IS THERE A MINIMUM GIFT AMOUNT?
There is no minimum gift amount for 1950 Day. Gifts of all sizes from all walks of life are encouraged - young alumni, grandparents, current parents and students, lifetime parents, faculty/staff, and friends. However, the online giving minimum is $10.00 due to transaction fees. Gifts of any amount can be mailed or delivered to Mater Dei via check or cash. See answer above for "how to make a gift on 1950 Day."


WILL MY GIFT BE TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
All donations to Mater Dei and 1950 day are tax deductible.  

I ALREADY MADE MY GIFT TO MATER DEI THIS YEAR. WILL THAT COUNT FOR 1950 DAY?
If you have recently given to Mater Dei, thank you! We appreciate your support and loyalty! Mater Dei operates on an academic fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) and the size and scope of our school allows us to offer a menu of ways for our generous community to give back (ex: annual fund for financial aid, capital projects, affinity giving, memorial/scholarship funds). We will officially accept gifts on February 12, 2021 to count towards our 1950 Day goals.  We hope that you will consider making an additional gift of any amount in support of this important initiative - especially because it will be matched by our challenge grant donor, Mrs. Shiley.

WHAT OTHER WAYS CAN I HELP 1950 DAY BE A SUCCESS?
You can support 1950 Day by spreading the word through social media, emails, texts and calls encouraging your peers to give back to MD. Share our campaign logo or your own post on social media: 

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Tell us why you gave back and to what program. Please tag Mater Dei #WeAreMD #1950Day. 

I STILL HAVE A QUESTION. HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH? 
Please contact us at alumni@materdei.org or call (714) 850-9534. You can also reach out to a member of our 1950 Day Giving Team.