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Support St. Bede Academy

Without the philanthropic and volunteer kindness of our St. Bede Family and Friends we would not be able to continue to provide a nurturing place for our students to grow academically and spiritually. Please explore below the variety of ways you can support St. Bede . Both your financial and volunteer support play an important role to continue the traditions embodied by the founding monks since 1890. Thank you as you are vital to our success in ensuring our students receive a dynamic and strong Catholic education for another 125 years

Ways to Give

Outright Gifts

Sustain the ongoing growth.

A gift of cash, check or credit card is the simplest and most immediate way to contribute to St. Bede. Gifts may be given outright, pledged or online. An unrestricted gift to the annual fund for the greatest needs of the school is of a particular benefit, but gifts may be designated for specific purposes.

Recurring Gifts

A convenient and green way to make a difference every day.

Your love for St. Bede is second nature. Showing your support with a recurring gift can help the environment too. A recurring gift is an ongoing, specific gift amount determined by you that can be done through your bank's bill pay account or that we can charge to your credit card when you indicate. Set up your gift one time  and it will automatically deduct from your credit card.

Matching Gifts

Double or even triple your generosity.

Matching gifts are an easy way to double or triple your donation to St. Bede. Contact your HR department.

Memorial and Special Acknowledgement Gifts

A memory and an honor.

Through memorial and special acknowledgment gifts, hundreds are remembered in the prayers of the St. Bede monks and students. To view our St. Bede memorial/special acknowledgement packet click here. Please contact Jeannie Margherio in the Development Office at 815-250-0347 or for packet requests.


Special Gifts Club

A St. Bede education is a special gift.

It is for this reason that we ask you to support our Special Gifts Club which includes a variety of specific areas that require financial support. Your generosity in the total or partial funding of these items  that  may be of particular interest to you will make a significant difference.

Individual Retirement Account

Alumni & Friends age 70½ can help St. Bede with a tax free gift.

At age 70½, the government requires you to take out a certain minimum amount each year and be subject to income tax. However the law allows you to donate this amount directly to St. Bede and be free of federal income tax. More information is available on our website under support .

In-Kind Giving & Services

Share your connections and resources.

In-kind gifts are professional services or goods made directly to St. Bede. If these goods or services are ones that we would otherwise have to purchase, the gift may be recognized for tax purposes at the fair market value.

Class Gifts

Show your strength in numbers.

• Class members can join together to support St. Bede through a class gift.

• The Golden Bedan Wall of Fame Class Challenge Gift is extended to all classes to match or exceed $25,000 as a class gift as they celebrate their 50th Anniversary of graduation.


Gifts of Securities

Twice the savings.

A gift of securities, stock or bonds entitles the giver to an income tax deduction; a gift of appreciated securities may also reduce your capital gain tax liability. The form is located on our website under support.

Special Events and Auction

We couldn't do it without you.

Underwriting and sponsorship of St. Bede events serve to defray the school's expenses of producing these fundraising events.

Planned Giving

Commit your legacy to future Bruins.

Naming St. Bede as a beneficiary  in your will assures that future generations benefit from a high quality education in the Benedictine tradition.

Real Property

Unearthing charitable dreams.

St. Bede will receive gifts of real estate; including land, personal residences and commercial properties under certain circumstances.

Gifts of Life Insurance

An affordable legacy.

Life insurance is a practical and affordable way for you to do more than you may have thought possible with tax benefits you can enjoy during your lifetime.

Gifts of Endowment

A gift that carries on.

When you establish an endowment or make a contribution to an existing endowment, you are truly making a gift for the future of St. Bede.


Please contact the St. Bede Development Office at 815-250-0359 or for more information about giving to St. Bede.

Shop and Give

St. Bede is a glad to be part of these programs that we hope you will consider when shopping or buying or selling tickets.

Did you know when you shop on Amazon, through Amazon’s designated link, you can help St. Bede as well? Click on the logo above and every purchase you make Amazon will donate 0.5 % back to Saint Bede!  AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on The only difference is a designated website SaintBedeAmazonSmile and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchases to Saint Bede.