Giving Opportunities

Annual Giving

Each year, St. Mary’s High School faces several opportunities and challenges as we prepare our students for the future. The Annual Fund Drive, a program that allows graduates, families and friends to contribute to the school’s well-being, helps assist in this endeavor. The series of Annual Fund Appeals that we send are the foundation of our fundraising efforts. These gifts provide necessary funds to fill the gap that tuition alone cannot cover, in addition to helping to enhance academic programs and facilities to give our students the best educational experience possible.

Please, click here to read the 2017-18 annual appeal letter.

If you would like to give online, you can do so here: Give Now!

Alumni create brighter futures

Your continued financial support helps ensure the outstanding quality of our academic programs, provides opportunities to compete on the athletic field and exercise artistic talent in the performing arts. Strengthening our students’ Catholic faith is always foremost in our endeavors, along with educational excellence. With your help, all of these various facets of school life make our students well-rounded citizens of tomorrow. We hope that you will consider one of the many ways to give back to St. Mary’s.

For questions on anything below please contact either Amanda Rebeck at arebeck@smhlancers.org or Kevin Kelleher at kkelleher@smhlancers.org or by calling (716) 683-4824.

Planned Giving

Charitable gifts are one of the most important and fulfilling ways you can help shape the world around you. The time you spend deciding how much and where to give is an important process that can bring special rewards. By carefully considering what to give, when to give, and how to give, you assure maximum impact from your gifts.

There are several planned giving vehicles available at St. Mary's High School that will not only benefit the students but can provide you with valuable tax savings, including Bequests, Charitable Gifts, Insurance, Trusts, and Annuities.

For bequests specifically, if you wish to make a provision including St. Mary’s in your will you may do so by asking your attorney to add the following language: “I bequeath $____ or ____% to St. Mary’s High School, Erie County, NY (Federal ID#16-1401191).” If you have already designated St. Mary’s in your will or trust, please let us know so we can thank you personally.

Name a Scholarship

Scholarships are a great way to honor or remember a loved one while helping the future students of St. Mary’s High School. If you choose to fund a scholarship you set the guidelines (grade point average, need, interest, etc.) and we will fulfill your criteria.

Present funded scholarships include:

  • Judy Brzuszkiewicz Memorial Scholarship
  • Gus Galasso Academic Scholarship
  • Judy Hokaj Scholarship
  • Gordon Hoppe Memorial Scholarship
  • Huefner Family Scholarship
  • Katherine Czapski Kipp Memorial Scholarship
  • Albin Kocialski Memorial Scholarship
  • Msgr. David LiPuma Scholarship
  • Father Leon Ross Scholarships

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities are available to all members of the community. Sponsors are sought for all of the events at St. Mary's, including the Auction, the Car Show, the Golf Tournament, and more.

As a St. Mary's sponsor, you will receive:

  • Advertisement in the event's publications
  • Link on our website
  • Name in press releases regarding the event
  • Mention in event ceremonies

In addition, St. Mary's is looking for individuals and organizations to advertise in programs (plays, musicals, auction, etc.) and those who would be willing to donate services and/or products.

Corporate Matching Gifts

There are currently hundreds of companies that will match the financial contributions of their employees. Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses too. By taking advantage of a company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution. Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses, retirees, and widows/widowers. Most corporate procedures are very simple. Request a matching form from your human resources department to learn about your company’s criteria.

Target Visa card
We've discovered a terrific way to raise funds for SMH. It's super-easy, and all you have to do is use your Target® Visa® Credit Card. We will receive a percentage of the amount of each purchase in the form of a cash donation from Target through the Take Charge of Education® program. It's easy. Just visit target.com/tcoe.

TOPS in Education
Register your Bonus card with Tops and designate SMH as your school of choice. When you purchase participating TOPS brand, Full Circle™ , TopCare® , Tippy Toes, Valu Time® and Best Yet® products with your TOPS BonusPlus®, they will contribute up to 5% of your purchases to the school you have chosen. The more you shop, the higher percentage donated!.