Annual Fund FAQ

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What is the Annual Fund?
Your gift to the St. Catherine University Annual Fund goes immediately where it is needed most — to current students in all of the University's schools and colleges. Annual Fund gifts ensure that each year St. Catherine University is able to provide students with much-needed financial aid, up-to-date technology, library resources, career counseling, academic support and more.


What difference does my gift make?
Your gift makes an immediate and profound difference at St. Catherine University. Annual Fund gifts reach out to all corners of the University, helping shape every student's experience. Each year, your gift ensures that current St. Kate's students have all the tools and support they need to leave the University prepared to lead and influence.


Does my participation matter?
Organizations that rank U.S. colleges and universities look at alumnae participation as an indicator of the quality of an institution. In addition, many foundations and corporations look at alumnae participation as a basis to determine whether the University is a good investment. Your gift, when combined with the thousands of other gifts from alumnae and friends, adds up to big support for St. Kate's students. Your gift makes a statement that St. Catherine University is an institution worth investing in.


Can I make a gift in honor or in memory of someone?
Tribute gifts are a wonderful way to remember someone who has had a special connection to the University. It is a great way to remember your favorite faculty member, a mentor, a roommate or a friend. When you make your gift, by check or credit card, indicate whom the gift honors and where you would like us to mail a note about the tribute gift.


Is a gift to the Annual Fund tax deductible?
Yes. St. Catherine University is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


How can I make a gift to the St. Catherine University Annual Fund?
It's easy. You can make a gift with a check or by phone with a credit card. You can also make a credit card gift on our secure online site. The University also accepts stock transfers. Read more about stock transfers ». Have any questions about stock transfers? Call Karen at (651)690-8725.


What is the St. Catherine Scholarship fund and how does it work?
Launched in 2008, the St. Catherine Scholarship is a non-endowed scholarship of $10,000 and is awarded to a current student at St. Catherine University. The St. Catherine Scholarship helps with the immediate cost of tuition, room and board and covers approximately one-third of the total expense of one year on campus at St. Catherine University. Up to four donors can fund one St. Catherine Scholarship by making a gift of $2,500 each.


My employer offers a Matching Gift program. Should I participate?
Absolutely. Many companies sponsor matching-gift programs to encourage employees to support charitable organizations. Some companies will match your gift dollar for dollar; it is an easy way to significantly multiply your gift to St. Catherine and enhance the education of our students. Not sure whether your employer or your spouse's employer has a matching-gift program? Browse our list of companies that match gifts » Please check with your employer's Human Resources office to initiate a matching gift to St. Kate's. You may also direct questions to matchinggifts@stkate.edu.


What is the TeleFund?
You may receive a call from our TeleFund this year. The TeleFund is a group of hardworking day students who help raise money for the Annual Fund. The callers are a wonderful resource for describing what it is like to be a Katie today. Your gift to the Annual Fund supports these students and all of their classmates.