Philanthropy at St. Patrick's
For generations, St. Patrick’s has benefited from a strong culture of philanthropy. From our humble beginnings as a six-student nursery in the Church basement, each generation of St. Patrick’s families has provided generously for the students of both the present and the future. We believe that, as the beneficiaries of previous families’ vision and generosity, we must be responsible stewards of this special place not only for our own children and their classmates but also for future generations.
As is true at most independent schools, tuition does not cover the full cost of each child’s St. Patrick’s education. We rely on our community to ensure that we are able to meet our strategic goals—attracting and retaining the most talented faculty and staff, promoting a diverse student body from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds, maintaining our outstanding physical plant, continuing to enhance the student experience, and achieving financial sustainability.
The two largest fundraising efforts at St. Patrick’s are the Annual Fund, which raises approximately $1 million, and the annual IDEALS Fund-A-Scholar Program and Auction, which frequently raises $500,000.
- My family already pays tuition. Why am I being asked to contribute to the Annual Fund?
- If you already ask for donations for the Annual Fund, what is IDEALS for?
- Which requests for support from the Day School are most important?
- How much should I give to the Annual Fund? When do families give? How much of a difference can my gift really make?
- Will I be asked to make additional gifts to St. Patrick’s?
- Does St. Patrick’s raise funds for other organizations?
- We receive financial aid. How can we give a meaningful gift?
- What else can I do to ensure the strength and financial stability of the Day School?