Sustaining Donors: The Glue That Holds Many Private Schools, Charities, and Non-Profits Together

Piggy bank with a graduation hat With the concept of scholarship funding

Donors who make recurring gifts are the lifeblood of many organizations. They provide a reliable and regular stream of income that a school, charity, or organization can rely upon in good times and bad.

Mustard Seed’s Sustaining Donors change the trajectory of childrens’ lives one day, one week, one month at a time by committing to monthly or quarterly gifts to the school’s Mustard Seed Fund. Last year, our sustaining donors helped give 136 students a first class education!

Individuals who make recurring gifts help us give more than 50% of our students need-based financial aid. This year that amounts to a whopping $2 million. Most of that comes out of the Mustard Seed Fund.

In addition to making a difference in the lives of students and their families, sustaining donors like the convenience and manageability of having small, regular donations automatically deducted from a bank account or charged to a credit card. And it allows them to make a larger overall donation each year to a cause they care about.

I’ve been a sustaining donor to a number of organizations for these reasons. And I am now a sustaining donor to Mustard Seed School. By spreading my gift over 12 months, I can give more.

Sustaining donor programs are often the bulwark of both small and large charitable and nonprofit organizations. Many small gifts given regularly provide the financial sustainability that organizations rely on to keep their programs running. Behind every program, are people in need—people whose lives are made measurably better by regular gifts from people who care. People like you!

If you believe that a first-class education should be available to anyone, not just those who can afford it, consider signing up to make a recurring gift.  You’ll become part of a family you never knew you had:

“Most of you don’t know me. But we are family. Through your generosity, you have made it possible for me to attend Mustard Seed School. You have loved me. Encouraged me. Helped me to keep going when I wanted to give up. Thank you for being part of the glue that keeps the pieces together. Thanks for being part of my family.”

-MSS Financial aid recipient

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Ellen Francois


Ellen Francois has been Mustard Seed’s Director of Development since 2016.  She’s full of gratitude for all that she’s been given and enjoys giving back.