The Santa Catalina Fund
The Santa Catalina Fund is an essential revenue source for the school's annual operating budget. As is true at all independent schools, tuition income does not fully cover the cost of educating our students. That's why each year we rely on the generosity of the entire school community to support the Santa Catalina Fund. Your annual tax-deductible gifts go to work immediately and impact every corner of the campus.
The Veritas Challenge
In June 2019, a group of anonymous donors joined together to pledge $5 million to rally the Santa Catalina community to finish the Legacy Campaign by June 30, 2020. The pledge, known as The Veritas Challenge, is for the school’s tuition assistance endowment. It also aims to increase annual giving through new and increased gifts to the Santa Catalina Fund. Here’s how the challenge works:
First-time donors to the Santa Catalina Fund will be matched 1:1, with Veritas funds going directly to the tuition assistance endowment.
Returning donors to the Santa Catalina Fund who increase their previous year’s gift will be matched 1:1 on the increase, with Veritas funds going directly to the tuition assistance endowment.
Family of Funds
Your contributions to our greatest need allow us to respond to opportunities as they arise and to promote Santa Catalina's reputation as a place for dynamic discovery.
Santa Catalina is committed to keeping pace with technological advances for education. Gifts to this fund provide our students with global information access, hardware and software upgrades, and technological upgrades across every facet of the curriculum.
We believe that the arts are an essential element of a well-rounded education. Gifts to this fund provide enrichment and funding for productions, musical instruments and their maintenance, art supplies, and additional resources that encourage creative expression.
All boys and girls are encouraged to participate in athletics, thereby reaping the benefits of reaching a personal best, good health, fun, and valuable lessons of sportsmanship. Gifts to this fund provide uniforms, travel expenses, equipment, and support the expansion of our athletic facilities.
Teaching and Learning
Your gifts to this fund provide ongoing professional development for faculty and staff, as well as enhancements to the curriculum. This advanced training translates into creative approaches to teaching that ultimately benefit our students.
With our distinguished history of recognizing and encouraging diversity, our Tuition Assistance program is a key element in ensuring that Santa Catalina's learning environment remains both diverse and inclusive.
Gifts to the Santa Catalina Fund from parents and our greater Catalina community help support what we call the “everyday magic” of Santa Catalina. From professional development for our teachers, guest speakers, and field trips, to upgrades in technology, the Santa Catalina Fund serves as a financial backbone for it all.
Every year the Santa Catalina Fund parent campaign begins with a fall push. While our main message during this time is PLEDGE NOW, full payment is not due until June 30.
In 2018, the Lower and Middle School made history when parents achieved 100% participation! This high level of support is essential when Catalina submits grant requests to foundations. Of course, increased participation across all grades would not be possible without our wonderful team of Santa Catalina Fund parent volunteers who reach out to their fellow parents each fall.
Santa Catalina Fund Committee, 2019-20
Parent Volunteers: Nikki and Jacob Ahrenstorff, Maria Avelino, Angelica Blatt, Francois Brenot, Jon Burke, Brendan Connolly, Shelly Do, Sonda Frudden, Rebecca Green, Marciel John, Courtney Jones, Jennifer Khalsa, Sarah Kline, Deborah Kosmont, Roseanne & Dan Pierre, Poulami Roy, Melissa Sheets, Stefanie Skinner, Leslie Svetich, and Jeannette Witten
Every gift, at every giving level, makes a difference in the lives of our students and faculty.
All donors to the Santa Catalina Fund are acknowledged in the Annual Report.
- Founders' Circle — $20,000 and above
- Veritas Circle — $10,000 to $19,999
- Hacienda Circle — $5,000 to $9,999
- Legacy Circle — $2,500 to $4,999
- Patrons' Circle — $1,500 to $2,499
- Associates' Level — $500 to $1,499
- Friends' Level — $250 to $499
- Contributors' Level — Up to $249
The 1950 Society
Donors who make gifts at the Patrons' Circle level and above are considered members of the 1950 Society, founded to recognize the school’s most loyal and generous supporters whose gifts provide the foundation of annual support to the Santa Catalina Fund each fiscal year (July 1 through June 30). We honor 1950 Society members annually at a special, exclusive event in Monterey.
If you would like to make a gift to The Santa Catalinian 1950 Society or have questions about being a member, please contact the Development Office.