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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.

“Another thing I enjoyed about the school was the athletics. I played four different sports at this school and I had the same experience with all of them. The coaches really cared about me, not just how well I was performing and I was treated respectfully on and off the court. Further more, I felt that I was really being pushed physically and mentally during practice which I value in any activity.”

Alumna

You receive a spiritual hug when you walk through the door at St. Catherine of Siena Academy. Christ is at the center and He is opening up His arms saying “these are your friends, this is your family.” – Erika, SCA Alumnae

Erika

“This high school experience is like none other you can get anywhere. There is joy and comradery and the girls are happy and excel. They are being supported and encouraged by staff. You can watch a girl come in who had a bad experience elsewhere, bloom here and become a different girl in a short time. Can’t say enough good about it. Thank God the founders had this vision and followed through with it. Well needed and we are very thankful!”

SCA Parent

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

SCA Parent

“[Teachers] care about the success of each student. They come early to help students and stay after school if necessary. They are a super dedicated faculty.”

SCA Parent

“My first day of freshman year was something I never expected, Saint Catherine just felt like home. The atmosphere, staff, and the student body were all so amazing. I knew from the second I came to the school that it was where I was meant to be. I am currently a senior and my experience so far has been one too remember I have grown mentally, physically, spiritually and my journey has been one to remember. I love SCA and all the girls I have met are truly going to be my sisters throughout my life, its an amazing school and is a place I will call home forever.”

Alumna, Class of '18

“This school is not only college prep, it is life prep. I know that my daughter is being educated to go out and make a positive difference in the world. She will graduate with the confidence and courage to lead wherever she goes in life. I love the principal, the teachers, and the families. It is such a blessing to be a part of the SCA Family. I know the friends my daughter has made will be her sisters for life.”

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

“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

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

Leighanne