Mount Notre Dame Staff, Board of Trustees, and many other interested constituents recently completed a new strategic plan, Achieve More, to guide the school through 2022. Through the process, it was determined that increased philanthropic support was necessary to achieve some of our goals and objectives of the plan. The campaign includes two pieces –growth of the endowment and facilities improvements.
Growth of the Endowment
Currently over 40% of our families receive financial assistance. The majority of this money comes directly from our operating budget, requiring a cycle of annual fundraising to fulfill the need. Expanded endowed dollars will allow us to use the interest earned to help make MND more affordable for some families. It can also help keep down the cost of tuition.
Endowments may also be set up to help fund faculty positions and program expansion. A large endowment will help us stay true to our mission of ethnic and economic diversity and has a high and immediate impact on helping students. The future of Catholic secondary schools and the faith formation of young people will depend on endowment dollars.
The goal in the strategic plan is to grow our endowment to two times our operating budget, ensuring our long term financial sustainability. We realize this amount is not possible to attain in a single campaign but we do hope to increase the current thirty-one endowed scholarships that we have to one hundred, adding to our endowment funds.
MND has a facility need of a renovated and expanded performing arts space. A performing arts space can be used for many things – theater productions, dance performances, chorus and band concerts, class assemblies, meetings, speakers, classes, community gatherings and even as a rental facility.
The renovation and expansion of the performing arts space required a relocation of the current library to the center of the second floor hall. This new space will help fulfill a goal of an environment that encourages student learning and will be named the Learning Commons.
The Learning Commons was created over the summer of 2019 with money collected from the campaign. The newly crafted Master Site Plan includes an expansion of the Learning Commons at a future date.
If you would like to learn more about how you might be able to help with the campaign, please contact MND President, Mrs. Judy Gerwe, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.821.3044 ext. 126.
Matching Gift Program
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