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A Life Changing School and a Life Changing Opportunity

Each year, Kolbe Cathedral depends on gifts from alumni and other friends of the school to close the gap between the operating expenses and income from tuition, and other sources. Now more than ever, your contributions are needed to help support our scholarship and financial aid programs. These vital programs allow us to remain affordable and offer much needed assistance to many students who desire a Kolbe Cathedral education. By donating to Kolbe Cathedral, you give more than money, you give a well-deserving community of children an equity of opportunity; every one of our students graduates, every one of them gets accepted to college, and every one of them is given a unique opportunity to excel in life. Our school has changed the course of thousands of children’s lives over the years, and has empowered them to change their fate and the fate of their families and communities. But we can only continue to do this with your support. Please be a part of changing a deserving child’s life. Contact Rick Ryan at rryan@kolbecaths.org today to see how your donations can make that happen.

Giving Opportunities

  • Annual Harvest
  • Endowment Fund
  • Scholarship Funds
  • Planned Giving
  • Restricted Gifts
Annual Harvest
Annual Harvest

Annual Harvest Fund

We are proud to announce that Kolbe Cathedral will launch its first-ever fund in 2021-2022. Our Annual Harvest Fund will provide vital, flexible-use resources and discretionary income that will allow Kolbe Cathedral to sustain its educational mission. The proceeds from the 2021-2022 Annual Harvest Fund will go to student financial aid and to much-needed building upgrades.

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Endowment Fund
Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund

An endowment is an aggregation of assets invested by an institution to support its mission in perpetuity. It represents an understanding between donors and an institution that links past, current and future generations. Unlike annual gifts which are expended upon receipt, an endowed gift keeps giving over time as the invested capital funds continue to grow. With up to 5% of endowment returns spent annually, and in addition to many other advantages, it enables Kolbe Cathedral to have a financial reserve for operating expenses and financial aid which supports its students and their underserved community.

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Scholarship Funds
Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Funds

A variety of scholarships, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are available at Kolbe Cathedral based on academic performance, financial need, or both. Scholarships offer many of our students a way to afford the Kolbe Cathedral education that they deserve. 

  • Maximillian Kolbe Scholarship
  • Leah Rondon Fund
  • Philip "Doc" H. Broadhurst Scholarship

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Planned Giving
Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Planned Giving allows donors to name Kolbe Cathedral High School as a beneficiary through their estate plan or will. Planned giving provides for the school through a variety of ways such as his/her will, retirement account, charitable gift annuity, or charitable trust. This extraordinary group of benefactors can make their giving a perpetual legacy for themselves and an example for alumni, friends, and family to follow. It also creates a means of support that makes Kolbe Cathedral stronger so that the school can thrive for generations to come. If you have already made this provision through your estate plan, please let us know. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Ryan at .
Restricted Gifts
Restricted Gifts

Restricted Gifts

Restricted gifts go directly towards a specific endowed fund or toward an established operating program. Restricted gifts tend to be larger in size and can be paid over several years, as they are often used to support an academic scholarship, or other defined need, over an extended period of time. Kolbe Cathedral High School administers several restricted gifts for various special interests.
  • Annual Harvest
  • Endowment Fund
  • Scholarship Funds
  • Planned Giving
  • Restricted Gifts
Annual Harvest

Annual Fund

We are proud to announce that Kolbe Cathedral will launch its first-ever fund in 2021-2022. Our Annual Harvest Fund will provide vital, flexible-use resources and discretionary income that will allow Kolbe Cathedral to sustain its educational mission. The proceeds from the 2021-2022 Annual Harvest Fund will go to student financial aid and to much-needed building upgrades.

LEARN MORE >

Endowment Fund

Endowment Fund

An endowment is an aggregation of assets invested by an institution to support its mission in perpetuity. It represents an understanding between donors and an institution that links past, current and future generations. Unlike annual gifts which are expended upon receipt, an endowed gift keeps giving over time as the invested capital funds continue to grow. With up to 5% of endowment returns spent annually, and in addition to many other advantages, it enables Kolbe Cathedral to have a financial reserve for operating expenses and financial aid which supports its students and their underserved community.

LEARN MORE >

Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Funds

Need names of funds and description.

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving

Planned Giving allows donors to name Kolbe Cathedral High School as a beneficiary through their estate plan or will. Planned giving provides for the school through a variety of ways such as his/her will, retirement account, charitable gift annuity, or charitable trust. This extraordinary group of benefactors can make their giving a perpetual legacy for themselves and an example for alumni, friends, and family to follow. It also creates a means of support that makes Kolbe Cathedral stronger so that the school can thrive for generations to come. If you have already made this provision through your estate plan, please let us know. If you have any questions, please contact Rick Ryan at .

Restricted Gifts

Restricted Gifts

Restricted gifts go directly towards a specific endowed fund or toward an established operating program. Restricted gifts tend to be larger in size and can be paid over several years, as they are often used to support an academic scholarship, or other defined need, over an extended period of time.

Kolbe Cathedral High School administers several restricted gifts for various special interests.

Ways to Give

Cash/Check

The easiest and quickest way to support Kolbe Cathedral is by giving cash, writing a check, or donating through PayPal.

Gift as Stock

Giving a gift of appreciated stocks is an economical way to donate, and one that comes with the most tax advantages.

Matching Gift

Many companies will match their employees' charitable gifts, so when giving, don't forget to check with your employer first.

Memorial Gift

Make a donation in memory of someone dear to you so that their legacy can live on through your charitable gift to Kolbe Cathedral.

Planned Giving

Plan for a future donation by designating Kolbe Cathedral as a beneficiary of a trust, life insurance policy, or estate.

Reasons to Give

A New Start

In May 2019, the Diocese of Bridgeport delegated all financial and academic governance to an independent Kolbe Cathedral Board of Directors. In 2021, the Kolbe Board hired its first-ever Director of Development and an Assistant Director of Development & Alumni Relations to help develop a robust and sustainable model for donor cultivation, solicitation, accountability, and stewardship. Our plan includes substantially growing the support of alumni, parents, donors, and friends, and launching a new group of fundraising initiatives:

  • Major Gift Campaign
  • Annual Fund (Our “Annual Harvest”)
  • Annual Golf Tournament (The “Kolbe Cathedral Cup”)
  • Celebrity Breakfast/Speaker Series (Our “Kolbe Conversations”)
  • Grant Writing Effort
  • A Planned Giving Project

An Unparalleled Rate of Success

Private, Catholic education for the underserved has historically produced better outcomes for students than a public education. Our faith-based, smaller classrooms are designed to be safe environments that are more conducive to learning.

Our current student body of 325 is 45% Black, 43% Hispanic and 12% Asian/White. These students share the same difficult socioeconomic challenges, but in stark contrast to the public high schools, Kolbe Cathedral graduates 100% of its students, with a 100% college acceptance rate. 

Fundraising In Action

Donate Today!

Be a part of changing a deserving child’s life.

Contact Rick Ryan at: rryan@kolbecaths.org

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