Our Alumnae, parents and friends know what an impact a Saint Joseph Academy education can have on a young woman’s life. They know that our students are being offered the best education, the best possible start that they can have. Some 98% of our young women advance to a college or to a university, which is doubly impressive as about two-thirds of them are the first in their family to go to college. It is this first step, this important time, during which an incredible faculty and staff work with them to help them learn and to help shape them into compassionate, thoughtful, and well-prepared young women ready to go out and make the most of their journeys. It is support like yours to the Annual Fund today that forms a basis for this education, for this launchpad. We hope that you will read on and learn about the many ways that you can support young women like these.

Your gift can help us make a true difference in the life of a young woman. Annual Fund gifts are accepted via personal check, credit card, or in stock. For your convenience, you may make a gift today online by simply clicking here.

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: What is the Annual Fund?

    The Annual Fund is the school’s yearly program seeking unrestricted gifts to support ongoing needs. While we do our best to keep tuition low for our families, this creates a gap between the cost of an education, and the tuition. The gap this year is close to $1,200. Gifts like yours will provide for important things like support for our families and students who need it most. Annual Fund support is also used for general tuition assistance operations, and for helping where the needs are greatest.
  • Q: Why is the Annual Fund important?

    Saint Joseph Academy needs your support. Our Annual Fund is necessary to sustain the life of the school through enriched academic, service and spiritual programs, faculty development and overall operating expenses. Tuition and fees cover only a portion of operating costs. We rely on private support to keep tuition low and enrollment high. All students at the Academy have benefited from the Annual Fund in the past. Continued support will keep Saint Joseph Academy operating at the level of excellence the community has come to expect.
  • Q: Why not just raise tuition rather than solicit gifts?

    As a school of the city, Saint Joseph Academy is proud of its wide socio-economic diversity and the rich experiences this provides all of our students. Although raising tuition would generate a certain level of revenue, it will not solve the ongoing needs facing the school. Furthermore, in order to generate the total support necessary, we would have to increase tuition for each family nearly $1,200 to cover education costs.
  • Q: What is our Goal?

    We are setting ambitious goals for the 2016-17 academic year (fiscal year is July 1 through June 30). We plan to raise more than $525,000. More importantly, we are hoping for high donor participation. Gifts like yours can inspire other donors, and broad based annual participation plays a large role in encouraging significant support from corporate and foundation donors. A gift of any size to the Annual Fund is, in effect, a vote of confidence in Saint Joseph Academy. 
  • Q: Who is being asked to participate in Annual Giving?

    All members of the community who have been impacted by Saint Joseph Academy and support our mission are being asked to give. Our alumnae, faculty, staff, parents, SJA’s Board of Directors and friends have generously supported us the past with Annual Fund gifts. We rely on their continued support every year.
  • Q: What are employer matching gifts?

    Many corporations will match employees’ gifts to the school of their choice. Some companies may double or even triple the amount of your gift!

    It's easy to do:
    1. Check out the human resources website for your company – they often have the forms right there or -
    2. Call Development Director Geoff Powers at 216.619.1938.  We often keep common companies' paperwork on file, and can mail or email the form to you.
    3. Send the matching gift form along with your gift to SJA
    4. We’ll process the matching gift form and contact you when the gift is received!

  • Q: Why Me?

    We know each individual is unique and each family has their own financial circumstances. Be assured that when you do give to Saint Joseph Academy, your gift at any level is put to good use right away. Each tax-deductible gift will make a difference for every young woman at the Academy.

Annual Fund Donor Recognition Levels

All donors to the Annual Fund will be recognized in our annual Honor Roll of Donors and invited to our special Donor Appreciation Mass in October.

Saint Joseph Society: Gifts of $25,000 and above
Le Puy Society: Gifts $15,000 - $24,999
Medaille Society: Gifts $10,000 - $14,999
President’s Society: Gifts $5,000 - $9,999
Holy Family Society: Gifts $2,500 - $4,999
Academy Society: Gifts $1,000 - $2,499
1890 Society: Gifts $500 - $999
Sursum Corda Society: Gifts $250 - $499
Purple & Gold Society: Gifts $100 - $249