SJGS Excellence Fund

About the Fund

The SJGS Excellence Fund is an annual fund that supports the essential pieces of Saint Joseph Grade School — the pieces that help us live out our mission of educating hearts and minds in the Holy Cross tradition, making God known, loved, and served.

Your gift to the SJGS Excellence Fund will provide support for teachers and staff, new learning materials, professional development, curriculum and program enhancements, faith development and service learning initiatives, enrichment and extracurricular opportunities, facilities maintenance, as well as endowment funds for tuition assistance and scholarships.

Each contribution helps narrow the gap between tuition and cost per student, allowing us to continue to grow and improve each year. Support from our many generous donors makes a real, lasting impact on Saint Joseph Grade School and our students. Thank you for your generosity this year!

Make a one-time or recurring gift to the SJGS Excellence Fund online now! If you would like to mail in a donation, please send it to: Saint Joseph Parish, Attn: SJGS Excellence Fund, 711 E. Colfax Ave., South Bend, IN 46617. 

Giving Levels

Leadership Guild

The SJGS Excellence Fund’s leadership guild recognizes the highest levels of giving to our annual fund campaign. Donors are acknowledged for their leadership and generosity in advancing the mission of our school forward. Membership in the leadership guild is currently extended to donors contributing $2,000 or more, as well as young alumni (2007-2021) contributing $500 or more, to the annual fund in our fiscal year ending June 30.

St. Joseph Circle ($7,500+)

In honor of our patron saint, a trusting and dedicated servant, this giving circle is comprised of SJGS supporters committing $7,500 or greater during a given fiscal year.

Sorin Circle ($4,000)

In honor of our school founder, Fr. Edward Sorin, C.S.C., this giving circle is comprised of SJGS supporters committing $4,000-$7499 during a given fiscal year.

C.S.C. Circle ($2,000)

In honor of the numerous priests, sisters, and brothers of the Congregation of Holy Cross who have served our school since 1854, this giving circle is comprised of SJGS supporters committing $2,000-$3,999 during a given fiscal year.

Young Alumni Circle (YA only - $500+)

Thank you to our young alumni who have graduated in the last 15 years that commit to supporting the legacy of our mission of educating hearts and minds in the Holy Cross tradition.


The gifts of our SJGS Excellence Fund patrons provide major support for the ongoing development of Saint Joseph Grade School. We are grateful to all of our dedicated supporters for their investment in the future of our students and their teachers.

Blue & Gold Club ($1,000-$1,999)
Eagle Club ($500-$999)
Virtue Club (up to $499)

Ways to Give

Our St. Joe staff is pleased to work with you in structuring gift opportunities that ensure your philanthropic goals are met while best supporting the needs of the school. SJGS is a 501(c)(3), and contributions to the school are tax deductible upon compliance with the Internal Revenue Code.

Cash Gifts

Make checks payable to St. Joseph Grade School and send to:

St. Joseph Parish
Attn: SJGS Excellence Fund
711 E. Colfax Ave.
South Bend, IN 46617

Credit Cards

We accept credit card gifts to the SJGS Excellence Fund. Contact Sean Kennedy at 574-234-3134, ext. 117, for assistance.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many organizations have corporate matching gift programs that can double and sometimes triple the value of your gift. If your company has a matching gift program, please ask your human resources representative for a matching gift form to submit with your gift. We’re happy to assist!

SJGS Excellence Fund

Thank You!

At SJGS, we are blessed by a community of parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners, and friends who are engaged and excited to support the mission of the school.

The SJGS Excellence Fund allows everyone the opportunity to contribute each year to our mission of educating hearts and minds.

Thank you for your generosity and for allowing Saint Joseph Grade School to provide a best-in-class Catholic education to the children we serve.


To discuss giving to SJGS, please contact Sean Kennedy at (574) 234-3134, ext. 117, or