The St. Mary’s Fund is the single most important philanthropic priority for our school. This Fund supports our community by providing substantial financial support, separate of tuition, to develop and advance our programs. Contributions to the St. Mary’s Fund are directed toward our school’s highest priorities while augmenting the difference between tuition and necessary programming to cultivate world-sized hearts and world-class minds. This funding is imperative to the health of our school. Healthy funds represent the difference between a solid education and a truly exemplary one, where innovative ideas and state-of-the-art resources for teaching and learning practices are not held back by operating budget constraints.
Like tuition, the St. Mary’s Fund supports the daily operations of our school. Your donation supports low student-to-faculty ratios and our ability to hire exceptional faculty to carry out our mission of developing world-sized hearts and world-class minds. Unlike tuition, gifts to the St. Mary’s Fund are tax-deductible.
St. Mary’s relies on contributions to the St. Mary’s Fund every year from Trustees, parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff. It is our expectation that 100% of our families will partner with us in providing our students with an exceptional educational experience by contributing to the St. Mary’s Fund. How much each family contributes is a personal decision. Our hope is that every family is able to be as generous as possible given their financial circumstances. Gifts range from under $1,000 to over $25,000. Every gift, of any size, has a direct impact on all St. Mary’s School students.
Programs Enhanced by the St. Mary’s Fund
The St. Mary’s Fund strengthens and sustains the educational experience of a St. Mary’s student each and every day. The following six areas represent the core elements of our unique curriculum. Every donor has the ability to choose where to direct his/her gift.
- Academic Programs
- Fine Arts
- Technology and Innovation
- Faculty Professional Development
- Visionaries Circle: $25,000+
- Millennium Circle: $10,000 – $24,999
- Head of School Circle: $5,000 – $9,999
- Sustainers Circle: $3,000 – $4,999
- Benefactors: $1,500 – $2,999
- Patrons: $1,000 – $1,499
- Supporters: $500 – $999
- Friends: Up to $499
(All donors are recognized in the annual Report on Philanthropy and are invited to the Donor Appreciation Breakfast. Donors who give $3,000 or more are invited to the Leadership Reception the following Fall.)