Guide to Giving and Getting Involved
Creating a great educational experience takes more than just classrooms and curriculum. The exceptional academic and social opportunities available at Cathedral require the generosity of alumni, friends, faculty, administration, and the entire community. Most of all, it requires committed and selfless individuals like you to support our students and our programs. As a member of the Cathedral family, you have a unique opportunity to become involved in the school and make your contribution of time, treasure, and talent. This guide outlines the many ways you can participate and make both an immediate and a lasting impact on young people at the most formative time of their lives. Your participation is vital to Cathedral. Our students and traditions depend on you.
What can I do? There are three main ways for you to become involved at Cathedral:
Cathedral offers many different ways to volunteer, from working with event committees to helping teachers to getting involved with clubs, sports, and other co-curricular activities.
We depend on the generosity of parents, alumni, and friends to continue to offer need-based tuition assistance and merit scholarships to our students to create a richly diverse academic environment.
Studies prove that word-of-mouth marketing is the single most important type of information parents use in choosing a school for their child. Your ability to talk about what makes Cathedral uniqueâ€”and why you enjoy being part of our familyâ€”is our best advertising.
Raise your hand! Being involved in the life of our school demonstrates your commitment to education and helps us make our valuable resources go further. Some of the ways you can help Cathedral include: Volunteer Activities Student Fundraiser Raffle “Luck of the Leprechaun” Help make packets, collect money, and follow up with students. Open House Our annual Fall Open House, held in mid-November, is the premier event for Cathedral’s admissions department. You can help with registration, greet guests, assist in the cafeteria, help with parking, or assemble information packets. Volunteers are also needed for the Spring Open House held in April. Mailings Assist in preparation of mailings to our families, stuff envelopes, make copies, and add postage. Library Media Assistant Assist in the library one to two days a week. Hall Monitor Help monitor halls in the morning when there are faculty meetings. Ministries Help campus ministry with retreat preparations or Habitat for Humanity projects.
Placement Test Be a representative at our coffees with parents during the High School Placement Tests. Event Parking Park students’ cars on prom night at Cathedral High School or retrieve parked cars at the ShamrAuction in February. Clerical Assistance Work with the athletic department, service outreach, or guidance department two to three hours per week. Chaperone Accompany students on field trips, during dances, and at events. Data Entry Fast, accurate data entry help is always needed in a number of departments and especially in events management. Fundraising Events Help prepare for or work fundraising events for the advancement office. Tasks may include: set up, tear down, committees, and decorating for events such as Grandparents Day mass, the Cathedral Fund Dinner, Trivia Night, the Father Kelly Tradition golf outing, and the ShamrAuction annual gala.
Marketing and Communications Submit event and athletic photos for the website, write articles or stories about student activities, help us spread the word about Cathedral on social media, or help update the website.
Additional ways to be involved include
Back to School Celebration Help welcome students back on the first day of school. Volunteer to assemble packets, do morning arrival, help with lunch, or clean up campus.
Theater and Band Parents Contact Michael Moffatt, theater director, at email@example.com or Kathy McCullough, director of bands, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mothersâ€™ Club Activities
Annual Day of Service Contact Charlene Witka, campus minister, at email@example.com.
Class Representatives Christmas Luncheon Committee Evening of Reflection Committee Finals Food Committee Chicago Bus Trip Committee Grants Committee Teacher Appreciation Week Committee
Contact Mary Myers, volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.968.7460 to help with any of these volunteer opportunities.
Emerging Leaders Alumni Group Assist scheduling and marketing Career Night and Junior/Senior Job Shadowing.
Spirit Shop Contact Sarah Rogozinski, Spirit Shop manager, at email@example.com. Athletic Team Parents Talk to your studentâ€™s coach for ways you can volunteer your time for the team.
Make a gift! As a private, independent Catholic school, Cathedral receives no financial support from the Archdiocese or state. We are 100 percent funded by tuition and through the donations of our Cathedral alumni, parents, and friends.
44% Percent of students who receive need-based tuition assistance or scholarships.
cost to educate each student over and above tuition.
Each year, we must raise more than $2.4 million to continue to offer the high caliber of education our students enjoy. We depend on the donations from faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and parents, with a goal of 100 percent participation each year.
You may choose to have your gift directed to any of the Cathedral Fund “Family of Funds:”
Here are ways you can give back to Cathedral:
The Cathedral Fund The Cathedral Fund is our annual campaign that raises more than half of the total funds needed each year. The Cathedral Fund supports every facet of a student’s experience here—from professional development for teachers, scholarships and awards, and new academic initiatives to theater, music, club, and sports activities to maintaining our beautiful and historic campus. Shamrock Scholars You also may choose to invest in the Cathedral Fund through a unique tuition-assistance program called Shamrock Scholars. Donors are matched with an individual student on the basis of interest, background, or need. Shamrock Scholar supporters sometimes may want to develop a relationship with their student or can remain anonymous. Currently, Cathedral has more than 450 students whose tuition is completely or partially funded by individuals or corporations through the Shamrock Scholars program. To find out more about the program, visit shamrockscholars.com.
Academics and Faculty Athletics Facility Maintenance and Enhancement Service and Spirituality Technology Tuition Assistance Or choose to have your donation be unrestricted and used wherever Cathedral needs it most. Go to thecathedralfund.com to make a gift. Or for more information, contact Michelle Rhodes, director of the Cathedral Fund, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.968.7311.
Scholarship Granting Organizations
Faith in the Future Capital Campaign
Events and Sponsorships
If you choose to give back to Cathedral through tuition assistance, making your gift through a Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO) means the impact of your dollars can be immensely increased. You receive up to a 50 percent Indiana state tax credit in addition to a federal deduction on the full amount of your gift. For example, see the chart below to see how a $10,000 gift through our SGO might result in a net cost of just $3,500.
From time to time, Cathedral asks her family and friends to contribute to a capital campaign in addition to their annual fund gift. Currently, the Faith in the Future campaign is working to raise money to provide additional resources for teachers, technology, tuition, and to maintain our schoolâ€™s unique tradition of excellence in the arts and athletics.
If you are a business owner, you can both support Cathedral and reach a large and committed audience of families, alumni, and the Indianapolis community through events and sponsorships. From running an ad in the sports programs to sponsoring a table at ShamrAuction, there are numerous ways to benefit both your business and our school. For more information, contact Monica Pollom, director of events and corporate relations, at email@example.com.
$10,000 tuition assistance gift Non-SGO gift
Gift through SGO
State tax credit
To find out more details on how this innovative program works for individuals or for corporations, visit gocathedral.com/SGO.
Please visit faithinthefuturecampaign.com for more information and to make your own contribution. For an updated list of naming opportunities or for questions about our capital campaign, contact Nicole Beasley, vice president for advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.968.7383.
Legacy Gifts Planned giving continues to be a way Cathedral supporters of any age can remember the school in their insurance and estate plans. Younger individuals can easily and affordably use life insurance to support Cathedralâ€™s future needs. Estate plans can create a legacy for your family at Cathedral. For more information on legacy gifts, contact Mike Feeney, director of planned and major gifts, at email@example.com or 317.968.7348.
Contact Nicole Beasley, vice president for advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317.968.7383 to learn more.
Total Funds Raised: $2.4 million Cathedral Fund Events such as ShamrAuction Endowment Student Fundraiser Spirit Shop
Ways to give You can support Cathedral, her traditions, and help enhance the Cathedral experience in so many ways. • • • • • • • •
Cash and pledges Gifts of real estate and stock SGO Gifts-in-kind Sponsorship of events and programs Advertising One-time gifts Recurring gifts
• Rewards programs Cathedral participates in several rewards programs that benefit our students. These include gooddining.com, the Marsh Fresh Ideas for Education program, and Target’s Take Charge of Education. For an up-to-date list of our current rewards programs, check the list on our website, gocathedral.com, under “Ways to Give.”
• Matching gifts Many companies will match your donation and increase the impact of your gift. For information on how to find out if your employer has a matching gift program, go to matchinggifts.com/cathedral-irish.
Spread the word! One important and easy way to help Cathedral is to just tell others what you like about the school. Whether at work, at neighborhood get-togethers, or on social media, your word-of-mouth marketing is the most powerful way for others to learn about what makes Cathedral special. From wearing Cathedral gear from our Spirit Shop or putting a decal on your car to talking about Cathedral on Facebook and Twitter, you spread the word in positive ways about being part of the Cathedral family. Bring friends to the spring musical or a fall football game. Put a yard sign out for Open House. Or just let people know what Cathedral means to you. Snap a photo at the game or Tweet about a service project at the school. Invite your neighbors to Open House. It all makes a difference in making your community aware of what a great school Cathedral is.
2. Cathedral creates lifelong connections.
Here are some key messages that, stated in your own words, will help others understand the unique qualities of Cathedral:
With students from more than 150 schools and eight counties, Cathedral lives out her vision of educating a diverse group of students. Here, students come from different geographic, socioeconomic, racial, religious, and academic backgrounds. And we are all the better for it.
1. Cathedral has been living Holy Cross values since 1918. That means we are dedicated to educating the whole person— body, mind, and spirit. The school was originally founded by the Brothers of Holy Cross, the same order that founded the University of Notre Dame, and who created a unique approach to academics and spiritual life.
If you ask alumni what’s special about Cathedral, the majority say it’s like a family. Cathedral is a caring environment where students bond with one another, with teachers, and with the school. Our special kind of school spirit is what brings our more than 11,000 alumni together and gives a student a special “Cathedral Connection” with business, community, and civic leaders in Indiana and beyond.
3. Cathedral is uniquely diverse.
4. Cathedral has a different definition of academic excellence. Every student, whether in the International Baccalaureate or the Language Support program, achieves to the best of his or her potential. Because we select our students on the basis of character and not solely on test scores, our student body is service-oriented, spiritually mature, and academically excellent.
Social Media Mentions Spreading the word about Cathedral is easy. Here are some sample Facebook and Twitter posts to get you started: I’m proud to be a Cathedral parent. Ask me why! We’ve made such great friends at Cathedral. (My child’s name) loves Cathedral. Great friends, great teachers, great school! Every student and teacher at Cathedral participates in the annual Day of Service. (My child’s name) was profoundly affected by his retreat experience. If you’re interested in finding out more about Cathedral, just ask! Cathedral’s Open House is coming up. Everyone is welcome! If you are posting on Facebook, please tag Cathedral by typing @Cathedral High School in your post. On Twitter, use the hashtag #gocathedral. You can also use these in your email signature or include the school’s web address, www.gocathedral.com. Do you know a family that would be a good fit for Cathedral? Tell Duane Emery, vice president for enrollment management, at email@example.com or 317.968.7360. We appreciate all referrals.