“We learn with faith. We learn with caring. We learn with respect."
- Martin, St. Cecelia Interparochial School
The 2014 Catholic Foundation Celebration is set for February 8, 2014. This incredible evening supporting our Catholic schools through tuition assistance is now celebrating its 5th year of success. Make plans to join us for this night promoting the importance of our Catholic schools. We return to the A La Carte Event Pavilion and soon, we'll announce this year's keynote speaker. For now, though, you can go ahead and register online today and reserve your table for this event.
The Catholic Foundation, in partnership with the Riley Family Education Foundation, created a new program this year to help Catholic families throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg seeking a Catholic education to be able to afford one. The Florida Step Up For Students Program is an incredible program designed to provide scholarships to low-income families who want a private school education. Even with the generous support of a Step Up scholarship, many families still struggle to access our Catholic schools. Through this partnership, as well as partnerships with the Couch Family Foundation and Mary Help of Christians Foundation, we have been able to provide more than 150 scholarships to help families access a Catholic school education that desire one.
"This is just the beginning!" shares Scott Riley, Catholic Foundation board member and the founder of the Riley Family Education Foundation. "Our goal, in partnership with the Catholic Foundation is to help ensure that every seat is filled in our Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of St. Petersburg."
To find out if you qualify for one of these scholarships, simply contact one of the schools of the Diocese of St. Petersburg.
IRA Charitable Rollovers
It's not too late! Legislation signed into law on January 2, 2013, allow individuals to make charitable rollovers from their IRA to benefit not-for-profits around the country, including right here in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, through December 31, 2013. You can choose to benefit your parish, one of our Catholic schools, the Foundation, Catholic Charities or Spirit FM.
To help promote this at our local parishes, we provided these simple resources for you to learn how to take advantage of this opportunity. Parishes or schools, feel free to use this information in your own publications.
- Summary of how to proceed with an IRA Charitable Rollover
- Sample bulletin insert regarding the IRA Charitable Rollover
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us online or call us at 727.374.0220.
Now in its 3rd year, the High School Special Tuition Assistance Fund continues to provide help to our high school students. Families of students attending the four high schools of the Diocese of St. Petersburg may be eligible to receive up to 75% of their 2013-2014 high school tuition as a grant paid for by the Catholic Foundation.
In the past two years, the Catholic Foundation helped 33 students with grants totaling more than $68,000. This year, because of the overwhelming success of the Catholic Foundation Celebration, the Foundation continues to be able to provide for this program as well as others. Feel free to register today for the 2014 Celebration.
Dr. Thomas Barton was directed by St. Petersburg Catholic High School to the Foundation because he wanted to do something else to benefit his high school alma mater. He already committed to help the school annually for the next ten years. He began by creating a charitable gift annuity naming St. Petersburg Catholic as the sole beneficiary.