Fundraising Activities 2019 ∙ 2020

St. Catherine’s Montessori is blessed to have a community that is deeply committed to the school’s mission and gives generously in support of our advancement. As an independent non-profit school, we rely on tuition income and charitable contributions to support our operating expenditures and capital projects (campus expansion). We do not receive support from state or local agencies, the Archdiocese, or a parish. St. Catherine’s has been able to grow and continue as an exceptional institution because of volunteer parent participation and a tradition of giving. 

This year, the Advancement Office will coordinate the following fundraising activities:
SCM Fund
The first and most important philanthropic contribution a family makes to St. Catherine’s Montessori is to our annual fund – the SCM Fund. The SCM Fund directly supports classroom materials, salaries and benefits for our guides and staff, professional development, campus utilities and maintenance, and also allows us to plan for future growth.
Advancement mails appeal letters and commitment cards in August. We ask that all families make a gift or pledge before December 31, 2019 and keep in mind that pledge balances are to be paid in full by May 31, 2020. We also encourage parents who work for companies with employee matching programs to submit the appropriate paperwork to request the company match their contributions to the SCM Fund.
Sociables are parent-sponsored parties and activities hosted throughout the school year that build community and provide additional support for the school through ticket sales. Families sponsor children’s events for Infant Community through the High School, activities that are fun for the whole family, as well as parties just for adults. Sociables can be hosted at a home, at school (depending on space availability), or at a specific venue. Ticket sales begin September 20 with Sociables Sign-up Day, followed by online purchasing.
 Steps 4 Students
Steps 4 Students is a 5K Run/Walk that raises awareness for Catholic education and supports the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. St. Catherine’s organizes a team and raises funds for the school via registration fees and donations made in support of team members by a wide network of friends and relatives, in Houston and beyond. All proceeds – less a small processing fee for every registrant – come back to St. Catherine’s in support of our Tuition Assistance Program, which provides tuition aid directly to SCM families. This year’s race is Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Great Conversations
Maintaining affordable tuition and providing education to children from diverse backgrounds are deeply-held, founding values at St. Catherine’s. In non-gala school years, the school hosts a dinner to raise funds in support of the SCM Tuition Assistance Program, which provides tuition aid directly to St. Catherine's families. This year Great Conversations will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020.