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Making the Difference: Marist School Community Gives Back Through the Annual Fund

Since 1901, the generosity of the Marist School community has allowed our school and mission to thrive, carrying forward our longstanding traditions of academic excellence, Catholic education, and Marist spirituality.
The culture of philanthropy—giving back and paying it forward—is ingrained at Marist and sets our community apart. Support of the Annual Fund from our entire community helps Marist provide a world-class education infused with the spirit and values of the Society of Mary.

As Marist’s top fundraising priority, the Annual Fund is vital to the school’s financial well-being and allows us to provide the extraordinary education that prepares our students to lead and serve with compassion, integrity, and a sense of purpose. This yearly initiative funds approximately 7% of Marist’s operating budget and not only bridges the gap between tuition and the actual cost of a Marist education but also supports the academic, extracurricular, and spiritual experiences that form our students into tomorrow’s servant leaders.

Through recent and upcoming events, members of the Marist community have once again stepped forward to support this year’s Annual Fund. From March 17-24, Marist parents were invited to participate in the “Make Your Mark” Parent Annual Fund Challenge. The goals of the challenge were to increase parent participation and unlock up to $25,000 in challenge gifts from a generous current parent donor, Natalie Smith Childs ’86. Thank you to all the parents who made this challenge a success, which led to an increase of 25.1% in parent participation, resulting in receiving the entire challenge gift.

On Wednesday, April 14, Marist School President Fr. William Rowland, S.M. hosted members of the President’s Circle for a virtual gathering. The President's Circle honors donors who contribute $10,000 or more to the Annual Fund at the Pope Gregory XVI Guild, the Fr. Jean-Claude Colin Guild, and the Fr. John Gunn Guild levels. Giving at these leadership levels significantly impacts the advancement of Marist School's mission and helps maintain our tradition of excellence.

The evening included updates from Marist School administration and remarks from the special guest speaker, Bishop Joel M. Konzen, S.M., auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta and former principal of Marist School. After the presentation, participants enjoyed a question-and-answer session and the opportunity for fellowship.

As the end of this school year approaches, Marist’s soon-to-be newest alumni in the Class of 2021 also will be called upon to do their part in giving back to Marist. During their time at Marist, students participate in community service and are encouraged to use their talents and resources to help others. We hope to inspire our seniors to continue that service and begin a tradition of giving back to Marist as alumni. During the week of May 10, seniors will learn about Marist’s senior pledge drive, entitled “Count Me In.” We will ask seniors to consider making a pledge to Marist School’s 2021-2022 Annual Fund in the amount of $5, $10, or $20.21, to be fulfilled during their first year as alumni. All contributions will support the overall Marist experience, provide tuition assistance for students in need, and assist in addressing our school’s most pressing needs.

Vice President for Institutional Advancement Angela Dorsey said, “We are so grateful to the Marist School community for all the ways they support Marist each and every day. The time, talent, and financial resources that the collective community contributes to Marist truly makes a difference.”

Visit marist.com/annualfund for more information about the Annual Fund.

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An Independent Catholic School of the Marist Fathers and Brothers