About the Annual Fund
The Annual Fund is an ongoing fundraising effort that helps bridge the gap between tuition revenue and the actual cost of educating students. Gifts to the Fund provide crucial resources for initiatives such as curricular enhancements, faculty and staff development, campus improvements, technology upgrades, athletics and fine arts, service programs, and tuition assistance. Every gift makes an immediate impact on St. Catherine students and on the life of the school!
Similar to our educational cornerstones of Faith, Reason, Leadership and Sisterhood—the St. Catherine of Siena Academy Annual Fund is also built on cornerstones—the Annual Appeal, Student Fundraiser, Events and Grants—and support of each one of these cornerstones is crucial for St. Catherine to continue our commitment to affordable tuition while maintaining our academic excellence.
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. The 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 email@example.com