“What a tremendous honor for my father and me to be a small part of the work happening behind the scenes at Catholic schools. It's a privilege to witness your game-changing innovations and forward motion benefiting families and children.”
Our SAGE 2019 award winners are among a group of current and alumni school applicants whose leaders shared their stories and results. Just a few of the applicants’ achievements:
All Saints Catholic School (Wilmington, DE) — Welcomed 64 new students in September 2019 to attain a 45% increase in new students, with 98% of those new students being new to Catholic education.
Bethlehem Catholic High School (Bethlehem, PA) — Developed and executed the fundraising campaign Can You be One of the 100 to Give 100 Dollars? resulting in 40% first-time donors.
Blessed Trinity Catholic School (Richfield, MN) — Hosted a “Change Maker Breakfast” with giving levels of change maker, agent of change, hero.
Community of Saints Regional Catholic School (West St. Paul, MN) — Established a $1 million capital campaign to purchase the property they were formerly renting; with results in all areas of governance, enrollment and development, received the SAGE 2019 Founder’s Award.
Notre Dame Academy (Minnetonka, MN) — Executed a donor engagement tactic called “Thanks a Bundt” and achieved a 49% increase in donors from their first Annual Fund to their second; consistently strong in all areas of advancement, also received the SAGE 2019 Enrollment Innovation Award.
Our Lady of Hope (Blackwood, NJ) — Following a tragic fire, demonstrated community-building transformation when the board’s Advancement Committee developed a plan to continue the fire recovery fund with a strategy to plan for future programs.
Our Lady of Mercy Regional Catholic School (Maple Glen, PA) — Welcomed 25 new students in grades 1-8 and also instituted a Kindergarten incentive program, automatic re-registration and tuition restructuring.
St. Alphonsus Catholic School (Brooklyn Center, MN) — Expanded tuition transfer incentives to include more grades and recruited various cultural groups to the board’s Enrollment Committee for better marketing insights.
St. Dominic School (Northfield, MN) — Combined funding sources to develop a STEM lab equipped with cooktops, convection ovens, sewing machines, a green screen and robots; introduced a partnership with Bellevue University for a new Civics program and selected as one of 18 schools within the Archdiocese to join the Believe and Read Cohort.
St. Jerome Regional School (Tamaqua, PA) — Grew enrollment by 106% (130 new students) since the start of its partnership with Healey; executed rebranding, new policies for tuition collection and tiered registration discounts plus curriculum improvements including those through more than $70,000 in instructional technology grants.
St. Mary Magdalen School (Wilmington, DE) — Welcomed 58 new families; expanded the school’s outreach and communications outside the district to include PA and NJ.
St. Mary School (Vineland, NJ) — Collaborated with Cumberland County College to introduce a Summer STEM Camp and developed a relationship with Rowan University for robotics and engineering; has consistently delivered groundbreaking and leading-edge educational programming resulting in an average of 94% enrollment retention since 2011.
Saints Peter and Paul School (West Chester, PA) — Raised $191,000 for an inaugural capital campaign to create the Margaret Egan Center for Innovation without sacrificing the school’s Annual Fund goal; received the SAGE 2019 Development Innovation Award.
Congratulations to all for your forward motion in taking charge of your schools’ futures.
Photo Above: Students from Community of Saints Regional Catholic School (West St. Paul, MN), our 2019 Founder’s Award winner.