Ways To Give

Ways To Give to St. Mary Catholic School Cash Gifts

Gifts may be paid by cash or a check made payable to St. Mary School and sent to:

St. Mary School Office

217 S. 4th Street Wilmington, NC 28401

On-Line Giving

Contributing on-line is a convenient and safe option to make your gift. Visit the school website for online giving:

Recurring Gifts

You can arrange to make a set monthly gift to SMS, enabling both you and SMS to plan and budget most efficiently. Your monthly gift will go to work immediately to ensure that SMS can continue to offer an exceptional Catholic elementary education for generations to come! EFT is safe, convenient, and free!

Matching Gifts

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs that match donations by current and retired employees. If you are interested in such a gift, please contact the employer for proper procedure. Once the gift is made to St. Mary School, we will be happy to confirm the contribution with your employer for the match. A matching gift may double your gift to the annual fund.

Stocks, Securities & Mutual Fund Shares

Gifts in the form of appreciated securities are tax deductible in accordance with IRS regulations. To transfer stocks or bonds, contact the Development Office.

Planned Giving

Gifts through estate planning are a great and often easy way to support St. Mary School today and into the future. Bequests, gift annuities, life insurance and other financial vehicles are available, often with substantial tax advantages for the donor and their heirs.

Annual Fund | Planned Giving

Investing in St. Mary School

In 1869, with determination, sacrifice and extraordinary gifts of time, talent and financial support, the Sisters of Mercy established the Academy of the Incarnation; North Carolina's first Catholic school. Later, the school became what we know today as St. Mary Catholic School

Today, support for St. Mary School comes from parents, grandparents, friends, foundations and corporations. Gifts to the SMS Annual Fund and the Falcon Scholars Fund support the current operating budget and tuition assistance needs. Membership in the Boundary Oak Society for Planned Giving provides lasting support to the long term success of our school. The Annual Fund is a yearly campaign to raise financial support for a wide range of programs and initiatives that continue to provide St. Mary students with a solid educational foundation to succeed in high school and beyond. All alumni, parents and friends of the school are asked to make a gift to the Annual Fund through a variety of solicitation methods including: a personal ask from a Development Office staff member; a direct mail letter; a phone call from a parent or student; or electronic media.



 The Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund

Be firm, be steadfast.
Do not fear
Nor be dismayed,
For the Lord, your God
Is with you
Wherever you go."
(Joshua 1:9)


In 2002, the Joshua 1:9 Scholarship Fund was established through the NC Community Foundation. Its mission has been "to provide tuition assistance for Catholic Elementary School children in Wilmington who are children of a single parent or African American or Hispanic children."

In order to be eligible, a family must also demonstrate current financial need. The goal of the fund is to provide the benefit of the loving, yet challenging, Catholic School environment to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity.

Over the past 10 years, this endowed fund has provided financial assistance ranging from full to partial tuition, books, uniforms and lunches for students from qualifying families. Some of these families have experienced sudden illness, unemployment or other financial distress. Proceeds from the fund are distributed annually based on financial need. Some awards are needed for more than one year.

Corporate Sponsor

Platinum Sponsors - $50,000.00

Gold Sponsors - $20,000.00

Silver Sponsors - $10,000.00

Bronze Sponsors - $5,000.00

Corporate Sponsors are partnering with St. Mary School to advance the education of our community youth. Your advertisement will be placed on our website and in one of our school-related programs.

Questions about Donations?