The Office of Institutional Advancement
The Office of Institutional Advancement at Carmel Catholic High School is responsible for the coordination of all fund raising, external communications and alumni relations. Our goal is to foster a culture of philanthropy and engagement within the Carmel Community. We do this by providing leadership, service, social and spiritual activities for our graduates, parents and friends and by inviting them to become donors and to join our Annual Fund campaign as well as special restricted and capital drives.
Proud Of Our Past...Focused On Our Future
The Office of Institutional Advancement has several main functions: to coordinate all fund raising for the school, to support a vibrant Alumni Relations program, to facilitate all external communication and to work with external groups who are interested in supporting Carmel Catholic High School. We also share and celebrate the traditions and stories of Carmel Catholic.
The Advancement Office coordinates all unrestricted and restricted fund raising projects. The Annual Fund, the yearly unrestricted fund drive, provides vital budget relieving dollars that support the people, programs and facilities of CCHS. The Advancement Office also coordinates our restricted, capital and planned giving programs. In addition to fund raising campaigns, the office also host two major fund raising events, the STAR Gala, raising endowment funds for need-based tuition assistance, and the Carmel Catholic Golf Classic, raising money to support our athletic programs.
The Advancement Office also provides a vibrant Alumni Relations program. This program provides various mission-centered activities including leadership, service, social and spiritual for our graduates. Additionally, we host an online community that allows alumni to stay in touch and connect virtually to CCHS. A formal Alumni Association provides opportunities for alumni to give back through service and leadership. A program of anniversary and regional reunions allows us to gather frequently and celebrate the Carmel Catholic community. For more information, please contact Sr. Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, Director of Institutional Advancement at 847-388-3342.
Communication is a vital component in linking our over 12,500 alumni as well as our current and past parents, friends and supporters. The Advancement Office manages several external communication vehicles: the Carmel Catholic Web Site (www.carmelhs.org), Our alumni online community (Corsairalumni.org), monthly e-newsletters, Currents-the alumni magazine of Carmel Catholic High School, and our Annual Report.
There are several ways to direct gifts to Carmel Catholic High School. Ways of giving are listed below:
Unrestricted Giving Opportunities
The Carmel Catholic High School Annual Fund
The school’s Annual Fund provides important support for CCHS, bridging the gap between tuition income and operating expenses. The 2008-2009 Annual Fund goal is $400,000. Gifts to the Annual Fund help support the people, programs and facilities of CCHS. The Annual Fund gives alumni, parents, and friends of Carmel Catholic High School the opportunity to support the school on a regular basis. The Annual Appeal runs yearly from July 1 through June 30. If you would like more information about giving a gift to the Annual Fund, please contact Sr. Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, Director of Institutional Advancement at 847-388-3342. You can also give online here.
Annual Giving Gift Societies and Clubs
Donors who make an Annual Fund gift at one of the Gift Society or Gift Club levels listed below, receive special recognition and are listed in our yearly Annual Report.
The Carmel Society
- President’s Circle - $10,000 and greater
- Blessed Titus Brandsma Circle - $5,000 to $9,999
- Mary Frances Clarke Circle - $3,000 to $4,999
- Sustaining Member - $1,000 or more
Please click image for more information about joining The Carmel Society.
You can make a pledge to become a member of the Carmel Society. Click here and print out the PDF file. Then complete the form by writing in the total pledge amount and schedule payments to fulfill the pledge. Pledges must be fulfilled by June 30 of each fiscal year. Mail this form to the Advancement Office, Attn: Sr. Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, One Carmel Parkway, Mundelein, IL 60060 or you can fax it to Attn: Sr. Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, 847-388-3497.
- Corsair Club - $500 to $999
- Brown and Gold Club - $250 to $499
- Spirit Club - $100 to $249
Click here to learn more about the Annual Fund Gift levels.
Philanthropic support is important to CCHS’s continued growth and success. Through our online giving program, you can conveniently make a donation using a major credit card (MC, VISA, AMEX, Disc) and be confident that your donation is safe, secure and private. Click here to go to Carmel Catholic’s Online Giving Site.
Restricted Giving Opportunities
Carmel Catholic High School also offers the opportunities to support specific projects. If you would like to offer restricted support, please contact Sr. Kathleen Sinclair, BVM, Director of Institutional Advancement, at 847-388-3342 so that we can determine if the project can be undertaken.
The Murphy Society
The Murphy Society is named after Fr. David Murphy, O.Carm., the first Principal of Carmel High School for Boys. This Society offers recognition to donors who have made restricted gifts of $1,000 or more. Members of the Murphy Society receive special recognition in the yearly Annual Report and on our Honor Roll of Donors recognition wall located in the main lobby of the school.
Planned Giving Opportunities
If Carmel Catholic has played a significant role in your life or you wish to advance the mission of Catholic education to future generations, please consider making a planned gift for Carmel Catholic. Your planned gift will help our Carmel Catholic community stay healthy and vibrant for future generations of students. A planned gift has added benefits for you by providing income during your retirement or bring tax benefits to your estate, creating a win-win for Carmel, you, and your loved ones. Visit the planned giving area of this website and learn more about this life-affirming process.
Endowments are permanently restricted, investment funds. A portion of the interest income from these funds is used to support a specific need. Current endowments support need-based financial assistance for students, academic and technology support, professional development for our faculty and staff and plant needs. The minimum level to establish an endowment is $25,000.
Honorary and Memorial Gifts
Family and friends can choose to memorialize or honor loved ones by a gift to Carmel Catholic High School.
Carmel Catholic High School External Fundraising Policy
The oversight and coordination of all external fundraising at Carmel Catholic High School is the responsibility of the Office of Institutional Advancement. No member of the faculty, staff, or volunteer acting in the name of Carmel Catholic High School, may contact a prospective donor or solicit a gift or service without the expressed permission of the Director of Institutional Advancement, or in her absence, the President.