Eight Catholic Schools Receive SAGE 2016 Awards for Excellence in Advancement
The Healey Education Foundation awarded $50,000 tonight for excellence in enrollment management and fundraising by Catholic schools. The awards were presented at the Foundation’s fourth annual Celebration of Achievement attended by 248 guests at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Three schools from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia were among the winners, including Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School (Philadelphia), recipient of both the $15,000 Founder’s Award and an Enrollment Award. Two schools in the Diocese of Allentown, two in the Diocese of Camden and one in the Archdiocese of Baltimore also earned awards.
The Reverend Daniel R. J. Joyce of the Society of Jesus spoke at the event. Father Joyce is Executive Director of Mission Programs and Director of the Alliance of Catholic Education at Saint Joseph’s University. He is also a Senior Fellow in The Program for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society at the University of Pennsylvania.
“Catholic schools have over decades helped shape good citizens,” Father Joyce said. “They give our children a spirituality that allows them to be self-possessed but not too proud.”
He spoke of the need to “make the case for what we do in Catholic schools,” suggesting a more intentional approach to telling the story of Catholic education “with a little more tenacity than we have in the past.”
Father Joyce addressed an audience of philanthropic leaders, diocesan officials, pastors, school principals, and school advancement, development and admissions directors all united around the mission and work of Catholic school sustainability.
The evening began with a musical performance by students of St. Mary School (Vineland, NJ), recipient of the 2015 Founder’s Award. The Foundation’s newest partners in Saint Paul and Minneapolis were featured via a video of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, sponsored and planned by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE).
Lisa Anderson, Director of Schools who had recently begun work with schools in the Twin Cities, was welcomed by Christine Healey, President of the Healey Education Foundation.
Jason Morrison, Healey Vice President of Operations, and Kathy Link, Senior Director of Schools, led the awards presentation. Joining on stage was Kim Flaville, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, Connelly Foundation, co-sponsor of the Annual Fund Awards.
Robert T. Healey, Founder and Trustee, shared stories of his youth and acknowledged “the cause people” in the audience before presenting the Founder’s Award. The organization’s CFO, Rick DeCarolis, then closed the event with a prayer.
2016 WINNERS – SCHOOL ADVANCEMENT GRANTS FOR EXCELLENCE (SAGE)
FOUNDER’S AWARD ($15,000)
- Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School (Philadelphia) Bruce Robinson, President; Hugh Quigley, Principal; Shaniqua Rudd, Director of Institutional Gifts; Anthony Ragno, Director of Admissions
ENROLLMENT AWARDS ($5,000 EACH)
- Highest Percentage Growth in Enrollment, K-8, Elementary School
St. Jerome Regional School (Tamaqua, PA), 62.8%
Amy Hannis-Miskar, Principal; Manda Smarr, Advancement Director
Achieved through exceptional efforts to increase enrollment through retaining students in the Catholic school system
- Highest Percentage Growth in Enrollment, High School
Saints John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School (Philadelphia), 5.2% Bruce Robinson, President; Hugh Quigley, Principal; Anthony Ragno, Director of Admissions
- Highest Percentage Growth in Enrollment, Healey Alumni School
Guardian Angels Regional School (Gibbstown and Paulsboro, NJ), 12.4%
Sr. Jerilyn Einstein, Principal; Marcie Voight, Advancement Director
ANNUAL FUND AWARDS ($5,000 EACH)
- Highest Percentage Growth in the Annual Fund, Elementary School
Mother of Providence Regional Catholic School (Wallingford, PA), 169%
Therese Waters, Principal; Linda Rooney, Advancement Director
- Highest Percentage Growth in the Annual Fund, High School
Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA), 24%
Thomas S. Fertal, President; Jennifer Tuberosa, Director of Institutional Advancement
- Highest Percentage Growth in the Annual Fund, Alumni School or Special Learning Center
Cape Trinity Catholic School (North Wildwood, NJ), 93%
Sheila Murphy, Principal; Julie Roche, Advancement Director
- Retention Award: Highest Percentage of Current Students Re-registering for the 2016-17 Academic Year, Elementary School
Monsignor Slade Catholic School (Glen Burnie, MD)
Alexa Cox, Principal; Carrie Hilmer, Advancement Director
- Advancement Staff Awards: Exemplary Achievement as Advancement Director; Director of Development/Admissions
Elementary School: Trinity Academy (Shenandoah, PA) in recognition of Christine Fannick, Advancement Director
High School: Cardinal O’Hara High School (Springfield, PA) in recognition of Jennifer Tuberosa, Vice-President of Development
The Healey Education Foundation invests in PK-12 Catholic schools. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, the Foundation provides a high-impact program delivered through a coaching relationship with dioceses and schools that are ready to embrace change. Healey’s work For the Future of Catholic Schools empowers grant recipients to deliver sustainable results through effective governance, enrollment management and fundraising. Since its establishment in 2004, the Foundation has grown to serve more than 60 elementary and high schools across five dioceses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Minnesota.
See related news announcement on Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools. For further information: Contact Valerie Asuncion, Director of Communications, Healey Education Foundation