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Invest in Catholic Education

There are many ways to invest in Sacred Heart Academy and two distinct entities to which you can provide gifts to help the Academy and its students.

The Sacred Heart Academy Foundation is an endowment fund established in 1976 to support SHA financially. The Foundation makes allocations only to Sacred Heart Academy and has $6 million in assets.

Sacred Heart’s Business Office can also accept donations designated for the Academy and specific purposes related to annual school operations.

Gift of cash

The easiest way to make a contribution is to write a check, use a credit card or donate cash. Your investment can benefit an area of particular interest to you, benefit tuition assistance, or be added to the Academy’s “Greatest Need” fund to be applied where it is most needed.

Make a Pledge

You can make a gift by means of a pledge, payable over time. This allows you to declare a gift, and make payments according to your own schedule, whether it be monthly, semi-monthly, quarterly or annually. Complete the form located here, send it to the Foundation and someone will contact you. Or, click the “online giving option” and select the option of payment terms. If you have questions, contact Lindsay Ley, Director of Development, at (989) 772-1385 or

Gifts of securities

Gifts of appreciated stocks, bonds or other securities can be transferred to Sacred Heart or the Sacred Heart Foundation.  Find the giving instructions here.

Deferred gifts/Legacy Gifts

Sacred Heart can easily be the beneficiary of planned gifts, such as bequests through a will or trust, or gifts of life insurance. This form of legacy giving is truly an investment in future generations of Catholic education.

Memorial or Honorarium gifts

Fitting tributes in recognition of special events or in memory of a loved one.  Contact the Foundation at for information.

Named Scholarships

Establishing a named scholarship is a great way to memorialize a loved one or honor your family while benefitting students of Sacred Heart Academy. Donors can help establish the criteria.

Endowment Giving

When you establish an endowment to benefit Sacred Heart Academy--- for example, for scholarship, technology or building fund use---the principal is never spent. Only the interest is used for benefit and your investment continues in perpetuity.

Fundraising Events

The SHAgala dinner/auction (see SHAgala web page tab for information), Athletic Association Fish Fries, Athletic Association Lottery and other annual events help our school and its students, staff and faculty immensely. Each have immediate impact in the current school year.  

As a private parochial school, Sacred Heart Academy greatly appreciates the voluntary support which helps enhance our mission and educational experiences at all grade levels. Without the benefit of tax dollars or other funding available to public and charter schools, we rely on the charitable support of alumni, parents and friends of the Academy. “Wish List” giving, designated gifts for technology, and contributions for scholarship assistance greatly benefit Academy students. If you are looking to reward the Academy in a certain area (For example, “music”, “science”, “the arts” or any specific grade or topic of study), or you have another investment idea, please contact the Development Office for giving options.

“. . .  Just as you excel in everything, in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us, see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”
--2 Corinthians