Annual Fund

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund supplies monies for Holy Cross High School’s yearly operating budget. The cost of a private school education is such that tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of educating each student. The difference is made up by gifts to the Annual Fund which is critical for the support of the school’s entire program. Holy Cross students benefit directly.

If that’s the case, why not just raise tuition?

Holy Cross, like all other private schools, cannot be tuition-driven. Tuition costs would be unrealistic, and the diversity of the student body would be compromised. Holy Cross covets a diverse setting and believes an inclusive community is integral to the educational experience.

What does it pay for?

Unrestricted donations support a number of items including financial aid, technology upgrades and athletic equipment, to name a few. Annual Fund dollars are spent within the school’s fiscal year, which ends June 30th.

What about major renovations? Does the Annual Fund pay for those too?

No, those are paid through Capital Giving dollars which is comprised of major gifts. Capital gifts meet building and endowment needs that cannot be covered by tuition. Unlike Annual Fund dollars, Capital donations do not have to be spent within that fiscal year.

What is the difference between Annual Giving and Capital Giving?

Simply put, the Annual Fund pays for day-to-day expenses. Capital Funds pay for major projects. Annual Giving yields survival. Capital Giving yields growth and expansion.

I can’t afford to make a large donation. Would any gift I give make a difference?

Actually, yes. All gifts matter and make a difference. Participation by all is extremely important. Our Holy Cross community is comprised of 11,000+ alumni, 500+ present parents and an infinite number of people who have been affected by Holy Cross. Can you imagine how much money would be raised if all gave a minimum of $25-$50? Your generosity reaffirms, nourishes and strengthens the value of a Holy Cross High School education.

Your Annual Fund gift supports....

Areas of Need

Allow Holy Cross to use your Annual Fund dollars where they are most needed.

The Arts & Athletics

Provide students with the necessary resources to achieve success on the stage, fields and courts.

Financial Aid

Make the Holy Cross experience available and affordable to everyone.

Our Faculty

Give Holy Cross the opportunity to offer our faculty and staff attractive benefits, professional development and in-classroom resources.

How can I give back?

  • Contact the Advancement Office at 203.574.5422
  • Send a check to Holy Cross High School, Advancement Office
    587 Oronoke Road Waterbury, CT 06708
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