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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. 

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Day School Financial Snapshot

These graphs show St. Patrick’s revenue and expenses during the 2018-2019 school year, the most recent full year for which information is available. Contributions to annual giving, which includes the Annual Fund and the Auction to Benefit the Financial Aid Program, are particularly important as they comprise 7.4% of annual revenue and directly support the operating budget.