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“We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give.”
— Winston Churchill

St. Bonaventure High School’s Advancement Department is committed to cultivating resources that will help meet the growing demands of upgrading classroom equipment, technology, and facility improvements.

As we advance the mission of our school, we continue to seek innovative ways to welcome the time, treasure and talent of parents, alumni, friends, and businesses who support our efforts in Catholic education.

There are many ways in which to fill the gaps between tuition and the actual cost of a Catholic education. While some programs supplement revenue other programs have *no direct cost to the donor. Instead, their contributions are made by way of labor, special skills, materials, supplies, and corporate contributions.

We invite our St. Bonaventure families to choose 3 Ways of Giving during the school year. With your help, we can continue to offer the best in Catholic education now and in the years to come.

Your contribution will help our efforts in providing the best in Catholic education now and for future generations. Thank you in advance for your generous support of St. Bonaventure High School.

Annual Appeal (Year-round)*

Type of gift: Tax-deductible cash donation
Category: General Fund
When to give: Recurring or one-time donation
Benefits: Department in greatest need

The Annual Appeal is a year round program with the major campaign running from November 1- March 1. It is open to alumni, businesses, vendors, current families, and friends of
St. Bonaventure. Proceeds are applied to the general fund and are allocated to the department or program with the greatest need. 


Cost of Education Partnership (COEP) (September-March)*

Type of gift: Tax-deductible cash donation
Category: General Fund
When to give: Monthly or one-time donation
Benefits: Subsidizes tuition costs and allows for classroom improvements

The Cost of Education Partnership was launched in 2012 to bridge the gap between tuition and the actual cost of education. Revenue generated from this campaign allows for keeping tuition costs low and supports campus-wide improvements and technology upgrades.


In-Kind Donations (Year-round)*

Type of Gift: Volunteer time of labor or special skill, and/or tax-deductible donation of materials, equipment and supplies
Category: Department of choice
When to give: One-time or continuous donation
Benefits: Department or fund-raising event of choice

In-kind donations are non-revenue resources, whereby, labor, special skills, materials, equipment, and supplies are provided to St. Bonaventure.


Matching Gift Program (Year-round)*

Type of gift: Employer’s cash donation
Category: General Fund or area of choice
When to give: Check with the Human Resource Department at your place of employment for details
Benefits: Department in greatest need or donor’s choice

Many companies have established giving programs to support the communities in which they conduct business. For every volunteer hour or cash donation made by the parent or donor, their employer makes a matching cash donation to St. Bonaventure.


Sponsor-A-Student (August-May)*

Type of gift: Tax-deductible cash donation
Category: Tuition Assistance Fund
When to give: Annual donation (Registration fee, half-tuition or full-tuition per year)
Benefits: Tuition costs for students in need

The Sponsor-A-Student Program provides tuition assistance for students in need. The donor may designate the student(s) who will receive assistance or the choice of sponsorship may be made by the St. Bonaventure Sponsor-A-Student committee.


*VONS eScrip, Scrip, Ralphs & Target (Year-round) - Make it a Scrip!

Type of Gift: Retailer’s cash donation
Category: General Fund
When to Purchase: Year round
Benefits: Department in greatest need and Professional Development for faculty and staff

  • Register your store card for eScrip at VONS, Ralphs, Target and other participating stores EVERY SCHOOL YEAR. For every purchase you make, SBHS receives a retailer’s cash donation.
  • St. Bonaventure buys Scrip gift cards from many retailers at a reduced cost and sells them at full face value. They can be used in place of cash, checks, or credit cards for everyday shopping. Gift cards can be ordered through SBHS’s business office. To place an order call: 805-648-6836 Ext.126.


Fund-raising Events (Seasonal)

Type of Gift: *In-kind donations and Cost of Admission
Category: General Fund
Events: Tickets required for:


  • Einstein & Wine (Winter)
  • FIESTA (Spring) Mandatory for all current St. Bonaventure families
  • Galas (alternates from year-to-year)

Benefits: Proceeds from the events are allocated to the department or program in greatest need. Parents, faculty and staff provide their time treasure, and talent in preparation for these events and/or purchase tickets to attend the event of choice.

Custom Giving

There are many ways in which to make tax-deductible donations through the Custom Giving program. While some donors honor a loved one, others build a long-term family legacy at SBHS.

Family Scholarships
Over the years, St. Bonaventure has met the request of donors by establishing family scholarship programs. Working with the school’s by-laws, the donor sets the criteria for the award and the recipients are then selected by a scholarship committee consisting of members of the administration, faculty, and donor’s family.

Planned Gifts
Planned giving is a way in which the donor can name St. Bonaventure in their estate planning. Some ways to give include:

  • Bequests or Gifts by Will
  • Charitable Gift Annuity
  • Charitable Remainder Trust
  • Lead Trust & Life Estate Reserved
  • Gifts of Life Insurance & Retirement Plans


*A tax-deductible donation.