TRIP stands for Tuition Reduction Incentive Program. This program is also known to some as SCRIP or Manna. It is a gift card fundraising program
that is free to participate in and can raise thousands of dollars for our school and parish!
You purchase gift cards through St. Christopher. You pay, for example, $100 and receive a $100 gift card at one of the many retailers.
The retailer offers a discount percentage to purchase the card which is split between the school and the participating family.
St. Christopher has partnered with the Manna Group who acts on behalf of churches, schools and other non-profit organizations to purchase large
amounts of gift cards from grocery stores, department stores, and other retailers. Because the gift cards are purchased with cash up front,
the participating retailers offer a substantial discount. Our organization buys the gift card from The Manna Group at a discount, and re-sells
the certificates to families like yours for full face value. The discount, ranging from 30% to 2% , is our organization’s revenue.
Orders are placed each Monday
and delivered on Thursday
. If you have a student in school, gift cards
will be sent home with your
student if you choose to do so. Otherwise, gift cards can be picked up at the Parish Office
after 2pm on Thursday
If you have any order related questions please contact Patty Powers in the Parish Office at 708.388.8190. If you have general questions on
the program or on tuition credit, contact Katie Cate at
StChrisTRIP@gmail.com or 708.597.1421.
Frequently Asked Questions
Any one! If you have a student enrolled in the school or in religious education, half of the rebate will be applied to that family’s tuition.
You can still participate in the fundraiser with 100% of the rebate being given to the school. If you know a student/family of a
student you can have half the credit applied to their account. Just be sure to mention the family name on the order form.
Yes, you can! In fact we encourage you to purchase all
your gift cards through TRIP! You can shop for a wide variety of gift cards
from Babies R Us to The Home Depot to Bed, Bath and Beyond. Gift cards are great for birthday gifts and stocking stuffers.
Most cards do not have an expiration date, so they can be used at any future date.
The school calendar states when TRIP orders will be placed each month. The calendar is sent home in the parent folder and is posted online at
The Parish Bulletin also posts when TRIP orders are due.
No. You can pay by either check or cash dropped off at the parish office.
Yes, we still have popular gift cards on hand at the parish office for those quick last minute purchases including, Berkots, Visa Gift Cards, Kenootz, Kohls, Speedway Gas, Walmart, and Target to name a few.