Giving Opportunities

Annual Giving

Each year, St. Mary’s High School faces several opportunities and challenges as we prepare our students for the future. The Lancer Fund, a program that allows graduates, families and friends to contribute to the school’s well-being, helps assist in this endeavor. The series of Annual Fund Appeals that we send are the foundation of our fundraising efforts. These gifts provide necessary funds to fill the gap that tuition alone cannot cover, in addition to helping to enhance academic programs and facilities to give our students the best educational experience possible.

St. Mary’s has come so far in the past five years alone, continuously cementing our place among the best private high schools in Western New York, in part because of the generous benefactors whose contributions allow us to continue to grow and innovate. St. Mary’s High School is preparing to enter the 2021-22 school year with over 430 students – the largest our student body has been in decades!

We have some ambitious things in store for the 2021-22 school year, which will continue to make all of our supporters proud to be Lancers:

We will continue to offer the highest quality, in-person educational program in Western New York five days a week. We are committed to this effort, as we were the only high school in the area to successfully complete an entire year of in-person learning, navigating in the unchartered territory of mask-wearing, testing, and social distancing.

As the 7th-ranked school in Western New York academically (out of 131 schools according to Buffalo Business First), we will continue to work with our students to help them get into the best colleges in the country.

We will connect our alumni, not only with one another, but with our current students as well, to gain experience in their potential fields.

We will expand our relationship with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres and the special program we created for their students, where they will attend St. Mary’s while also training at LECOM HarborCenter. This year, we will also have the only school-specific girls ice hockey team among all Catholic schools in WNY.

While we look back on these accomplishments with great pride, we look to the future with even greater anticipation and promise. We have created a committee to explore an academy setting, allowing our students to explore specific areas of interest, including business and finance, the sciences, healthcare, hospitality, as well as the performing arts and athletics.

Thank you for partnering with us so that St. Mary’s can continue to be a second home for generations of Lancers to come. We are excited for all the future has in store but know it is not possible without your support.

If you would like to give online, you can do so below...

Alumni create brighter futures

Your continued financial support helps ensure the outstanding quality of our academic programs, provides opportunities to compete on the athletic field and exercise artistic talent in the performing arts. Strengthening our students’ Catholic faith is always foremost in our endeavors, along with educational excellence. With your help, all of these various facets of school life make our students well-rounded citizens of tomorrow. We hope that you will consider one of the many ways to give back to St. Mary’s.

For questions on anything below please contact Kevin Kelleher at or by calling (716) 683-4824.

Planned Giving

Charitable gifts are one of the most important and fulfilling ways you can help shape the world around you. The time you spend deciding how much and where to give is an important process that can bring special rewards. By carefully considering what to give, when to give, and how to give, you assure maximum impact from your gifts.

There are several planned giving vehicles available at St. Mary's High School that will not only benefit the students but can provide you with valuable tax savings, including Bequests, Charitable Gifts, Insurance, Trusts, and Annuities.

For bequests specifically, if you wish to make a provision including St. Mary’s in your will you may do so by asking your attorney to add the following language: “I bequeath $____ or ____% to St. Mary’s High School, Erie County, NY (Federal ID#16-1401191).” If you have already designated St. Mary’s in your will or trust, please let us know so we can thank you personally.

Name a Scholarship

Scholarships are a great way to honor or remember a loved one while helping the future students of St. Mary’s High School. If you choose to fund a scholarship you set the guidelines (grade point average, need, interest, etc.) and we will fulfill your criteria.

Present funded scholarships include:

  • Judy Brzuszkiewicz Memorial Scholarship
  • Gus Galasso Academic Scholarship
  • Judy Hokaj Scholarship
  • Gordon Hoppe Memorial Scholarship
  • Huefner Family Scholarship
  • Katherine Czapski Kipp Memorial Scholarship
  • Albin Kocialski Memorial Scholarship
  • Msgr. David LiPuma Scholarship
  • Father Leon Ross Scholarships

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities are available to all members of the community. Sponsors are sought for all of the events at St. Mary's, including the Auction, the Car Show, the Golf Tournament, and more.

As a St. Mary's sponsor, you will receive:

  • Advertisement in the event's publications
  • Link on our website
  • Name in press releases regarding the event
  • Mention in event ceremonies

In addition, St. Mary's is looking for individuals and organizations to advertise in programs (plays, musicals, auction, etc.) and those who would be willing to donate services and/or products.

Corporate Matching Gifts

There are currently hundreds of companies that will match the financial contributions of their employees. Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses too. By taking advantage of a company’s matching gift benefit, you may be able to double or even triple the amount of a contribution. Each company has its own guidelines for employees, spouses, retirees, and widows/widowers. Most corporate procedures are very simple. Request a matching form from your human resources department to learn about your company’s criteria.