About the Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is a part of St. Catherine of Siena Academy’s operating budget that bridges the gap between the true cost of educating a student and tuition revenue. Funds are generated from events, the Student Fundraiser, and the Annual Appeal. Support of the Annual Fund is essential to St. Catherine providing a high quality, well-rounded education to every young woman who attends. A gift to the Annual Fund helps to secure the future of St. Catherine as a school to educate young women in their dignity and worth as daughters of God. To learn more about how to donate to the Annual Fund, please see our specific web pages for the Benefit Gala, Golf Classic, and Annual Appeal. The Student Fundraiser takes place at the end of January and beginning of February every year.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the cost of education the same thing as tuition?
The cost of educating one St. Catherine student and the rate of tuition are not the same amount. Tuition only covers about 81% of the cost of a St. Catherine education. 15% of this 19% gap is covered through the money raised by the Annual Fund.
Why does St. Catherine not charge the full cost of education?
St. Catherine wants to remain accessible to every family that would like to provide their daughter with a quality Catholic education. Charging the full cost of education would make St. Catherine inaccessible to many who would choose to send their daughters’ to our school.
Is a tuition gap normal?
Yes! Most private schools, both secular and religious, have a tuition gap in order to keep their education accessible.
Who gives to the Annual Fund?
Teachers, staff, board members, present and past parents, alumnae, and community members contribute to the Annual Fund. Participation by present families is essential to gaining support from outside community members because a gift to the Annual Fund is displays confidence in how the mission is being carried out.
What has the Annual Fund done for the school?
The Annual Fund supports St. Catherine in every area. Some examples of things that have been made possible because of the Annual Fund are: repaving the road in front of the school, new classroom technology, expanded class offerings, and so much more!
For any other questions you can contact Grace Henning, Advancement Associate, at (248) 946-4848 x 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org