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Your support ensures we are able to provide students with an exceptional education and a bright future.

Advancing Our Mission

Contributions to Saint Thomas Aquinas have a significant impact in providing opportunities for students to develop their God-given spiritual, intellectual, social, and physical potential and help them become life-long learners and responsible citizens guided by Catholic values.

The Advancement Office is responsible for furthering the mission of the school through careful planning and management of all fundraising initiatives, including annual, capital, endowed, and planned gifts, alumni relations, special events and communications. 

It is by living with love and offering Christian witness in our daily tasks that we are called to become SAINTS.

Pope Francis

What is Annual Giving?

Annual Giving is the lifeblood of any school. Annual Giving sustains programs and activities that are not covered by tuition. More importantly it ensures our mission continues to thrive in the lives of our students and families. 

We promote Annual Giving all year long, but we kick off the Annual Giving program in August by asking school families and other supporters of the school to donate to our annual fund - recently renamed as the Saints Community Fund. Previously referred to as the Saints Annual Appeal, every student benefits from the Saints Community Fund. This annual fund is the most important giving priority at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School because it allows us to maintain our tradition of excellence in education.

Participation in the Saints Community Fund will make a real and meaningful difference to our students, our faculty and future generations of students who will have access to everything a Saint Thomas Aquinas education has to offer. Gifts to this fund are unrestricted, allowing the school’s leadership to determine where this support is most needed, and can do the most good.

We invite you to help us maintain our tradition of excellence in education by donating to the Saints Community Fund each year. Gifts of any amount are appreciated and valued! 

Give to the Saints Community Fund

Annual Giving Opportunities

Saint Thomas Aquinas Leadership Giving Society

Saint Thomas Aquinas recognizes donors who have made gifts totaling $1000 or more to the school within the current calendar year. 

Members are invited to a reception in January, in recognition of their philanthropic leadership giving.

Current Campaign

As a Catholic high school, we are called to inspire and educate our students so they may discover and use their God-given gifts to spread His love to others.

We must examine our current reality and find ways to improve programs and facilities to help our students explore and apply their gifts. We are all called. How will you answer?

Donate Today

Your gift will help us develop programs that fulfill the mission for our students to share God’s gifts and use those gifts to build strong relationships.

Learn More About Our Latest Developments

Advancement Events

Our biggest fundraising event is our Extravaganza. As a Saints community, this past year's event  (Saints of Time Travelers) surpassed the $1 million mark for the first time ever—a record-breaking and historic milestone for Saint Thomas Aquinas. This momentous accomplishment directly benefits our students and their day-to-day activities. 

 

EXTRAVAGANZA

Past Events

  • Grandparents Mass (Fall)
  • Saints Trivia Challenge (Winter)
  • Saints Golf Classic (June)
  • Hall of Fame

Planned Giving

Gifts are facilitated through the Catholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas (CFNEK).

With planned giving, you can provide long-lasting support for Saint Thomas Aquinas while enjoying financial benefits for yourself and your family. Many alumni, parents and employees feel their years at Saint Thomas Aquinas were an important time in their lives, and they want more students to share in this experience. Planned giving can help you provide for your family's future and share the gift of a Catholic education.

To make a gift to Saint Thomas Aquinas, follow these steps:

  1. Visit CFNEK
  2. Enter your Primary Information
  3. Scroll down to "Create your Donation and Select your Fund", select Catholic Education
  4. Click "Select Your Fund" and scroll down to St. Thomas Aquinas High School Donor Endowment (hssta2)
  5. Choose your Payment Method

Advancement Team

Our team is grateful for the generosity of caring alumni, parents, and friends of Aquinas. Please do not hesitate to reach out to any team member via email or phone to discuss options for giving or volunteering. We look forward to engaging with you! 

Brian Schenck
President

913-319-2420
bschenck@stasaints.net

Samantha Paradise, '03
Director of Community Relations

913-319-2437
sparadise@stasaints.net

Michelle Holzmeister
Advancement Manager

913-319-2425 mholzmeister@stasaints.net

Tim Zande, '02
Director of Advancement

913-319-2446
tzande@stasaints.net

Bryan Thrasher
Director of Content and Integration

913-319-2426
bthrasher@stasaints.net

Judy Callahan
Director of Strategic Communications

913-319-2404
jcallahan@stasaints.net

Christine Darden, '06
Director of Special Events

913-319-2437
cdarden@stasaints.net