Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is The FUND for HENDRICKEN?
A. The FUND for HENDRICKEN is the foundation of Bishop Hendricken’s fundraising efforts. The FUND for HENDRICKEN dollars are unrestricted funds, which directly support the school’s operating budget. Approximately 4% of Bishop Hendricken’s budget is provided for by gifts from alumni, parents, parents of alumni, grandparents, students, faculty, staff and friends.
Q. Why does Bishop Hendricken need The FUND for HENDRICKEN?
A. The FUND for HENDRICKEN is critical to the school’s financial health. In 2016-17, The FUND for HENDRICKEN exceeded $500,000 and this year we are on our way to a $600,000 goal, which will be the largest in school history! Tuition dollars do not fully support the actual cost of educating a Bishop Hendricken student and there is a $1900 gap between the cost of educating a student and the actual cost of tuition. Like every private or Catholic school, Hendricken needs unrestricted support from its constituents to close this gap, which helps us keep tuition affordable for all.
Q. Why is my participation important?
A. Bishop Hendricken relies on your support of The FUND for HENDRICKEN each year. Your gift has an immediate impact on the educational experience of the 920 young men enrolled at Bishop Hendricken. In addition, the participation of those closest to Bishop Hendricken is an important indicator of the strength of our school to prospective families and peer schools.
Q. What does my The FUND for HENDRICKEN gift support?
A. Every aspect of Bishop Hendricken campus life, including:
- Tuition Assistance
- Classroom and Laboratory Enhancements
- Campus Ministry Retreats
- Options Program
- Arts Programs
- Athletics Facilities and Equipment
- Faculty Professional Development
- Technology Upgrades
Q. Can I pledge now and make my payments over time?
A. Yes. The FUND for HENDRICKEN year ends each June 30, and pledges should be fulfilled before then. You can also elect to pay in installments. Remember, to gain maximum deduction for income tax purposes, full payments must be received before December 31. All gifts to The FUND for HENDRICKEN are tax deductible.
Q. How much should I give to Bishop Hendricken?
A. Given the importance of The FUND for HENDRICKEN to the pursuit of academic excellence at Bishop Hendricken, we ask that you make as generous and meaningful a contribution as you can. We hope you will consider making the school a priority in your charitable giving. Although gifts of any size can make a significant impact at Hendricken, the school considers a gift of $1,000 or more a major gift, which qualifies a donor for special recognition.