2018 Innovation in Catholic Education “Total community involvement, including fundraising” Finalists


  • Location: Butler, Pennsylvania
  • Diocese: Pittsburgh
  • Enrollment: 275
  • Grade levels: PK-8
  • Principal: Sr. John Ann Mulhern
  • Website: butlercatholic.org

As at many Catholic schools, tuition at Butler Catholic School does not cover the cost of all school expenses, and other fundraisers are required to raise ample funds. With four major fundraisers every year, many of the same businesses were solicited multiple times to donate to the school. With the creation of an innovative and comprehensive yearlong sponsorship plan called the Community Partnership Program, organizations can choose one of four financial levels of commitment. Each financial level clearly communicates how the donor will be recognized at each of the school’s three benefit events, as well as additional visibility throughout the school year. The funds generated through Butler Catholic School’s Community Partnership Program are used to enhance curriculum and student experiences. For the 2017-2018 school year, two special new programs were offered thanks to support from the school’s Community Partners: “STREAM Friday Enrichment” and “Academic Leadership Lab at Slippery Rock University.”

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  • Location: Dallas, Texas
  • Diocese: Dallas
  • Enrollment: 150
  • Grade levels: K-12
  • Principal: Theresa Francis
  • Website: notredameschool.org

For the past seven years, The Notre Dame Spring Show has brought the community together in a fundraising effort that supports The Notre Dame School of Dallas. The event features performances by every student attending Notre Dame in an exciting experience that allows every child to feel like a true star! With a different theme each year, parent and volunteer involvement makes this event special. Community support comes from donations from over 50 businesses; this has allowed the school to raise over $100,000 to assist children with developmental disabilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

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  • Location: Medina, Ohio
  • Diocese: Cleveland
  • Enrollment: 494
  • Grade levels: PK-8
  • Principal: Bibiana Seislove
  • Website: sfxmedina.org

A 5K race and fun walk is the primary fundraiser for the Mary Grace Memorial Foundation, whose goal is to provide funds for life’s necessities to those affected by all forms of cancer. This year, with 1,465 participants and 37 teams, the foundation netted over $74,000! The school’s enthusiasm and commitment are stronger than ever, as participants work many hours behind the scenes and in the booths, as well as at the starting line. This year, the faculty team, “The Holy Walkamolies,” raised $800, and the student team, “Kickel’s Kids,” broke the bank with a $2,000 total.

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