“It’s OK to Be Good Here.”
The Campaign for Nativity School of Worcester
TOTAL RAISED: $10,600,000
During the 14th Annual Spring Auction celebration, we announced surpassing our $10.5 million goal of our “It’s OK to Be Good Here” campaign. More than 500 individuals, corporations, and charitable foundations have given to the school’s efforts toward creating a more financially stable future since the campaign’s inception in 2013.
“I am incredibly grateful to our benefactors for their generosity and enthusiasm for our mission,” said Nativity Worcester President Patrick T. Maloney. “We’ve asked our community, which already helps us to raise our entire operating budget year after year, to dig even deeper and help us to provide a more long-term financial stability. Keep in mind that the vast majority of these supporters are not alumni, nor are they families, but rather a group of people dedicated to our Nativity Men and their futures without any benefit to themselves. It’s incredible to witness and a blessing to be a part of.”
This was our school’s first ever-capital campaign and was publicly launched in October 2013.
Campaign funds are being used to retire the long-term debt that the institution had on its school building and a residence that houses some of the teachers, fund capital projects in both of those properties, and establish an endowment for the school, all while still raising the funding needed to operate the school on an annual basis.
In addition to a dedicated advancement staff, Maloney also credited dedicated volunteers and trustees, including capital campaign co-chairs Charles Weiss, Ph.S. and Michael Tsotsis, along with Board of Trustees Chair, J. Christopher Collins, for their guidance and leadership.
“Our school community’s support for this campaign has been overwhelming,” said Collins. “Every gift was important. Everyone who has been connected to this incredible school, including graduates, parents, trustees, and faculty have all come together to support this effort.”
And yet, despite the campaign’s success, its co-chairs remain adamant that much more needs to be done.
“While er should be immensely proud, our work is never done,” said Weiss. “We have to work every year to ensure the opportunities available at Nativity Worcester continue to be here for the most at-risk students in Worcester.”
“There are a lot of students in Worcester that can benefit from a Nativity Worcester education,” said Tsotsis. “That need continues and will not go away anytime soon.”
“It’s OK to Be Good Here”: The Campaign for Nativity School of Worcester will ensure that future generations of boys from low-income homes in Worcester will benefit from this mission. At the very heart of this three-year comprehensive fundraising effort ($7.5 million to capital programming; $3 million to annual operating expenses) is the compelling need to strengthen programming, improve facilities, and solidify the finances of this immensely successful school.
The comprehensive Capital Campaign realized four goals:
- Retire the debt and renovate the school facility at 67 Lincoln Street and the teaching fellows’ residence at Casa Maria in the Main South neighborhood ($2.5 million)
- Establish the Nativity Scholarship Fund (Educational Endowment of $ 3.5 million)
- Ensure the mission for the three years of the campaign ($3 million)
- Unrestricted gifts to the Capital Campaign ($1.6 million)