NDHS Education Fund Foundation

Our mission is to develop, promote, and sustain Catholic secondary education exclusively at Notre Dame Regional High School in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, through the stewardship of the endowed and designated funds entrusted to the Foundation. We believe that every child has the potential to be an apostle of Jesus Christ. We are motivated by our core values of academic excellence based upon the Gospel values centered in the Roman Catholic Church.

We are organized under I.R.S. Code Section 501(c)(3). Gifts to the Foundation and Notre Dame Regional High School are tax-deductible.

Our History

The Notre Dame Education Fund Foundation was established in 1980 to ensure financial stability for Notre Dame Regional High School. The purpose of the Foundation is to assist in defraying the rising cost of educating Notre Dame students. The contributions received are endowed, invested, and reinvested with earnings on investments transferred to the school annually.

Since contributions are endowed, donations continue to give, grow, and help sustain Catholic secondary education in southeast Missouri.

The first stipend was awarded in 1983, only three years after the Foundation’s inception. It totaled $7,000. The Margin for Excellence drive in 1985 successfully reached its goal of $2.5 million endowed monies to serve as a solid base of funds.

Stipends have been awarded each year since 1983. Funds which have been transferred to the school during that time total in excess of $2 million.

Today, the endowment continues to provide over $130,000 in operating expense and over $79,000 of assistance from designated funds, to the school, on an annual basis.

The Foundation currently has approximately $7.4 million of total assets ($7.1M endowed), under its management. The funds are invested by the local Foundation Board of Directors, consisting of 12 elected members, the Bishop of the Springfield-Cape Girardeau Diocese, and the school principal. The advancement director is an exoficio member.

Firmly built on the foresight and sacrifice of the past, the Notre Dame Education Fund Foundation stands as a sturdy financial base to sustain and promote Catholic secondary education for students in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and the surrounding region throughout southeast Missouri and southern Illinois.

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