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the Bridge

for St. Catherine of Siena Academy, our annual appeal.

In honor of our patroness, St. Catherine of Siena, we named our annual giving campaign, the Bridge. In addition to tuition, we rely on the generosity and charitable giving of our friends and supporters to help us bridge the gap between the tuition revenue and the cost of educating our STARS.

The Bridge provides vital resources for initiatives such as curricular enhancements, faculty and staff development, campus improvements, technology upgrades, athletics, and fine arts, service programs, and tuition assistance. The Bridge makes up about 20% of the Annual Fund and every gift makes an immediate impact on St. Catherine students and the life of the school. This annual appeal gives donors the opportunity to direct their funds to an area that they would like to support.

Make a gift online.
Single or recurring gifts can be given online via credit card today. Caring for our STARS has never been easier!

Mail-in a gift.
28200 Napier Rd. Wixom, MI 48393
Download the donation form and include your check or credit card payment.

the Bridge

The Bridge is a reference taken from the third Chapter in the Dialogue. In it, God enlightens Catherine (by means of analogy) that the way to salvation is Jesus Christ. He is “the Bridge” who, “stretches from heaven to earth” connecting us to the Father and his everlasting love. Using the imagery of “Jesus as the Bridge” to our salvation, we continue to teach our STARS that they must be active participants in their faith life by walking, ever forward, on that bridge.

The President's Leadership Society and Gift Clubs

The President’s Leadership Society:
The St. Catherine of Siena Society: Gifts of $10,000 or more
The Dominican Society: Gifts from $5,000 to $9,999
The Dialogue Society: Gifts from $2,500 to $4,999
The President’s Circle: Gifts from $1,500 to $2,499

Gift Clubs:
Principal’s Club: Gifts from $500 to $1,499
Dean’s Club: Gifts from $250 to $499
Purple Club: Gifts from $100 to $249
Gold Club: Gifts from $50 to $99
Lilies of St. Catherine: Gifts up to $49

Recurring Gifts

Recurring Giving is an amazing way to give more than you normally would be able to give to St. Catherine while not putting a financial strain on your family. A gift as small as $20 a month will allow you to make an impact on the everyday lives of St. Catherine students.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about the Annual Appeal, please email Diahann at dsproule@saintcatherineacademy.org.

How can I donate?

Donations can be made online, by mail, or in person. Online donations may be made here. If you would like to mail in a check or cash, please fill out this Annual Appeal Donation Form and mail it in with your donation to:

St. Catherine of Siena Academy
Attn. Advancement Office
28200 Napier Road
Wixom, MI 48393

Is there a minimum donation?

No! The majority of our Annual Appeal is comprised of small donations. Small donations from a large group of donors will make as much of an impact as a single large donation. Giving to the Bridge for St. Catherine Academy is not about giving a large amount but giving what you can. There is a minimum donation of $10 if you would like to make your donation online.

Can you explain The President’s Leadership Society and Gift Clubs?

No gift is too small. Even a $5 donation helps further our mission. The key to a successful annual appeal is 100% participation from parents, alumnae, and staff at St. Catherine of Siena Academy. We ask that you prayerfully consider an amount that makes SCA your philanthropic priority. A monthly donation of $125 to the Bridge helps to show your commitment and enroll you in the President’s Leadership Society, as shown below. We will recognize those who give with a special Mass and reception as well as their names listed in our annual report.

If I already pay tuition, why is more needed?

The actual cost of educating one student is over $14,000. Tuition alone does not cover operating costs including classroom needs, new curriculum, upgrading Wi-Fi, repaving the road, and purchasing state-of-the-art equipment. By donating to The Bridge, St. Catherine Academy can continue to make improvements while making a St. Catherine of Siena Academy education accessible to all.

Are gifts to the Bridge tax deductible?

Yes! St. Catherine of Siena Academy is a 501 (c) 3 organization. Our tax ID is #90-0530541.

Doesn’t the Golf Outing, Student Fundraiser, and Gala raise money for the annual fund?

Yes, these events raise money for specific needs of the school. The Student Fundraiser and a portion of the Gala revenue go towards financial assistance. The Golf outing directly benefits athletics and the upgrades that are needed to keep us competitive. St. Catherine Academy awards financial assistance based on some form of a merit or need-based scholarship. In addition to tuition, we rely on the generosity or charitable giving of our friends and supporters not only to help bridge the gap between the tuition revenue and the cost of educating our students but also to allow us to offer more young women the gift of a St. Catherine education. The Bridge adds to the unrestricted general fund of the school’s budget for use in areas of greatest need—ensuring the continuation of quality education and impacting the most students.

What if St. Catherine raises more than their goal?

Raising more than our goal would be fantastic! This would give St. Catherine flexibility to address needs as they arise both during the year and in the future.

“SCA proves you can educate young women to both get into Heaven and Harvard!”

SCA Parent

“This place (SCA) is about the best Catholic high school you can go to, in my opinion. The whole school isn’t just a school, but a family where everybody knows everybody. It’s a small enough school for that to be possible-and it’s really awesome! What makes SCA different is the people that make up the SCA family. There are no bullies and no one is mean to you. Everybody looks out for you and your teachers become friends….This place is really close to my heart.”

Alumna, Class of '12

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved! Everyone has a different opinion and all students, staff, and faculty are respectful of it. I have never been in an environment that was so inviting and welcoming. It is easy to find a home in this school because the staff genuinely care about you and want you to succeed. It really is a beautiful place and a great experience. I am very lucky to have gone through high school there.”

Alumna

“I was among one of the very first classes SCA ever had. As a pioneer and a student to be a part of the foundation of clubs and classes that continue today, I am beyond proud of how far the school has come. There were many ups and downs during my four years but an amazing experience overall. Today at college I still look back on and cherish my times at SCA, thankful for the connections, education and sisterhood I acquired. I am looking forward to seeing many more young women carry on the traditions my class and recent classes have set for the future.”

Alumna, Class of '14

“As a graduate of this school, I can attest to not only the strong education I received from SCA but also the strong foundation I was given in which I could build my own faith upon. I felt fully prepared for the ‘real world’ both academically and spiritually.” 

MaryKatherine

“Recently attended an event at this school – very beautiful!”

Kenneth

“I loved every minute at St. Catherine! The friends I made there will always be a part of my family. This school taught me how to be a strong, intelligent, independent woman who is strong in her faith. I am blessed to say I got to experience SCA.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“The community service, the focus on virtuous living, and the sisterhood really instills compassion and respect for all of humanity.”

SCA Parent

“This school has a very strong faith atmosphere! The school is fairly new, but is starting to build a name for itself both spiritually and academically. The faculty and staff rock!”

Student, Class of '19

“An excellent community for families that want to stay involved!”

Leighanne

 

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