Believe in Kelley Annual Fund Reaches 65% of Goal

By the first week of May, $325,000 had been donated to the Believe in Kelley (BiK) annual fund for the 2016-2017 school year, leaving the school 35% short of its $500,000 goal.  With only 17% of the fiscal year remaining, Bishop Kelley needs donors to come forward now through June 30, 2017 so that the school’s largest-ever annual fund goal can be achieved for its current and future students.

 

Thus far, fewer than 500 current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, faculty, and other friends of BK have given to the annual fund which helps maintain high levels of spiritual and academic excellence for more than 900 students enrolled. Individual gifts have ranged from $25 to $10,000 and they all help in allowing BKHS to provide a wonderful learning environment.

Tuition income covers the cost of operating the school; however, tuition does not cover the cost of special projects that are provided only by the generosity of donors to projects such as the school’s annual fund or construction projects.

This year the funds from the BiK annual fund drive will go toward Furniture, Frequency and Financial Aid.

Bishop Kelley needs furniture to replace cafeteria seating and tables that are older than our students. Also, new furniture is needed to replace worn out furniture in the Commons where students, parents and guests often gather.

“Frequency” refers to a new school-wide public address system plus four individual sound systems (the chapel, cafeteria, and large and small gyms). It’s important that students be able to hear messages, not only for information or so that they can hear a homily, but also for safety purposes.

Increasing financial aid has been a continuous goal of the school. It's most important in carrying on the tradition of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, who sacrificed a life of privilege to help educate children who could not afford a strong, Catholic education. The school distributed about $750,000 in tuition assistance to families for the current school year and hopes to move that figure to over $800,000 for the 2017-18 school year to assist more families in sending their children to Bishop Kelley.

In 2015-16, BiK surpassed its goal of $425,000 by $10,000. Let's make 2016-17 a record year for our Believe in Kelley annual fund. Thank you to those who have given already. If you have yet to give, please consider a donation. Click here to make a gift to Believe in Kelley.