Foundation ensures endurance of “A New Day” Gifts

This summer Dennis (Denny) DeMers ‘66 teamed up with Mark Brickson to take the helm of the Sacred Heart Foundation, initiated in 2014. DeMers is serving as Executive Director and Brickson is serving as the Donor Relations Officer.

Foundation Director Denny DeMers ‘66 speaks at the recent Capital Campaign Celebration as Mark Brickson, Donor Relations, and Carl Adolphson, SHS President look on. DeMers also shared a congratulatory message from Dan Whalen ‘65 , who was unable to attend the celebration.

With the leadership of the Board of Directors the Foundation has established as their mission “to provide opportunities for giving at Sacred Heart that will lead to a sustainable financial foundation for generations to come.”

What does this Mission Statement mean and how will it drive giving at Sacred Heart? It provides a direction for Sacred Heart in enhancing present giving opportunities while creating new opportunities for alumni, families, friends and supporters to be moved by the Holy Spirit in ensuring the long-term viability of the Parish and School into the 22nd Century. “Our forefathers took the leap of faith in establishing the Parish and School a century ago,” says DeMers. “We must not let their vision and dreams fade. Instead, we must stretch our hearts to continue, enhance and expand our commitment to our faith and faith formation for our children.”

There is much to do in making the Sacred Heart Foundation an efficient and effective support for the parish and school. “Our goals are to develop a system of giving that will build upon our past successes, support the present giving opportunities and create new and exciting giving opportunities,” says DeMers.

The Board of Directors has established three new campaigns to embark on in the near future. These are:

Networking Our Classes
This will be a campaign to connect through multiple means 50 SHS graduating classes in order to evolve a network of relationships in support of our parish and school.

The Good Problem
With increased enrollment comes the need for more classroom and learning space for the new students attending Sacred Heart.

Fill the Scholarship Gap
With enrollment up in the school and associated costs increasing the school knows they will experience more demand to help families afford sending their children to Sacred Heart. The school has made a commitment that no child will be denied a Catholic education due to financial circumstances of the family. Thus, the Foundation recognizes a need to continue growing existing Scholarships and Endowments in order to meet this challenge.

DeMers is extremely excited to be called to this endeavor. “Our past is full of sacrifice, faith and leadership. We owe so much to those who had the courage to create Sacred Heart, says DeMers. “Those who work in the parish and school today do so with love, commitment and passion for what they do. Tomorrow is full of challenges and opportunities. Together we can make dreams become reality.”

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