THE IRISH FUND
Previously referred to as the Annual Fund, your gift to the Irish Fund is the most important gift you can give to St. Patrick. Without the Irish Fund, St. Patrick would have to dramatically raise tuition or undertake steep budget cuts.
At St. Patrick Catholic High School, tuition covers about 75% percent of the cost of educating a student; the difference must be raised by other means. The Irish Fund provides the largest source of financial support for making up that difference. Through the generosity of the St. Patrick community, we work tirelessly to keep the cost of tuition as low as possible. Your gift to the Irish Fund provides a margin for scholars, disciples, and champions at St. Patrick, supporting a wide range of needs across campus. Your Irish Fund gift provides unrestricted support, allowing the school administration to determine the most pressing needs while relieving the burden on tuition.
This year, our operating expenses are substantially higher due to the extra measures we must take to keep students and teachers safe from COVID-19. We are asking our generous donors to go above and beyond.
The entire St. Patrick community – current parents, alumni, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents, and friends – are invited to participate in the Irish Fund.
As Catholics, we are called to give our blessings to support one of the most essential missions of the Church, training disciples in our schools. Since every St. Patrick student benefits from the Irish Fund, every family is called upon to contribute annually. Your consistent support enables us to continue to provide an outstanding educational experience for your child.
Catholic schools have a tradition of asking their constituents to contribute to bridge the gap and to keep tuition competitive with peer schools. In the current economic climate, Irish Fund gifts are more critical than ever.
Appeals are mailed to parents throughout the year. You may also receive a phone call from a parent on the Advancement Committee or an Emerald Ambassadors encouraging your participation. Of course, we welcome your initiative! You can donate online anytime. Contact our director of advancement, Patrick Miller, if you’d like to help raise support for the Irish Fund.
We hope you will make giving to St. Patrick a philanthropic priority, especially while your child attends school here. We are grateful for each gift. Individual Irish Fund gifts range from $25 – $20,000, and gifts of any size make a difference. We encourage all parents to give according to their financial situations. Contributions to the Irish Fund are tax-deductible.
Join us and become a monthly donor by registering for our SP12 program benefitting the Irish Fund. SP12 donors make their support throughout the year on a monthly (or quarterly) basis via an automated deduction of $10 or more, made on a credit card. We’ve partnered with Salsa Labs to make the process even easier for you, offering a safe and secure way for donors to make recurring gifts to support St. Patrick Catholic High School. With a one-time setup, your gift will automatically be charged to your credit card each month.
One way you can double, or even triple your gift, is through your company’s matching gift program. By utilizing the matching gifts program, and increasing your gift, you may qualify for one of the leading donor levels. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions or volunteer hours made by their employees. Check with your employer to find out if your company has a matching gift policy.
If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, send it completed, and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift to St. Patrick Catholic High School may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.
We strongly encourage you to make your gift by May 31, 2021. This will ensure your donation is put to use this school year, and that you are properly recognized in the school’s Annual Report published in the late summer. The final gift deadline for the 2020-21 Annual Fund is June 30, 2021. If you are a current parent, we kindly ask you to make a gift or pledge by December 31.
- COVID-19 Related Expenses
- Extracurricular Activities
- Bus Transportation
- Catholic Identity
- Tuition Assistance
- Teacher Professional Development
St. Patrick Breastplate Society ($20,000+)
Benefactors Society ($10,000 – $19,999)
Partners in Mission Society ($5,000 – $9,999)
Century Society ($2,500 – $4,999)
Principal’s Leadership Society ($1,000 – $2,499)
Gold Club ($500 – $999)
Fighting Irish Club ($150 – $499)
Friends of St. Patrick ($1 – $149)
Student Giving Society (Graduation Year)