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Community Greening Award for SKS

SKS School Awarded $20,000.00 Grant


Recognized by the Healey Education Foundation for Advancement Successes


 Saint Katherine of Siena School in Philadelphia was awarded a $20,000 grant by the Healy Education Foundation at the Celebration of Achievement event earlier this month.

The foundation's School Advancement Grants for Excellence (SAGE) recognize outstanding work in implementing the foundation's Catholic School Development Program (CSDP) Methodology to achieve sustainable growth. Saint Katherine of Siena was selected from among 17 schools that submitted proposals on how the award would be used to significantly strengthen advancement efforts.

"Its proposal was not only visionary and detailed just as any grant proposal should be, but it demonstrated a real understanding of the CSDP Methodology," said Christine Healey, president of HEF.

The Methodology establishes best practices in five key areas: governance, enrollment management, development, communications, and operations. Saint Katherine's winning proposal highlighted its early achievements: enrollment growth of 11% in just one year, the successful opening of two Pre-K classes in 2012-13, formation of a 21-member board of limited jurisdiction, contact initiated with more than 5,000 alumni, and introduction of an annual fund. It then provided an action plan and budget for upgrading marketing materials, implementing data management systems, and creating an advancement team to achieve its broader public relations goals and represent the mission of the school.

"We are most grateful to the Healey Educational Foundation for recognizing the wonderful work of Saint Katherine of Siena School who has shown boldness and innovation with their CSDP initiative," said Christopher Mominey, Secretary for Catholic Education. "This stands as another example of the excellent Catholic education that we are building upon here in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia."

Saint Katherine of Siena School is one of six elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia participating in the pilot project PACE (Partners Advancing Catholic Education), made possible through the HEF partnership with the Connelly Foundation


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