The William V. Fisher Catholic High School Foundation Endowment Fund was initiated in 1986 to establish an on-going financial resource for the school. Originally raising nearly one million dollars, the funds investment income represents a significant contribution from many benefactors and strong support of the Diocese of Columbus. This original investment from the founding father and the community enabled the Foundation to quickly become an important part of the stability of Fisher Catholic High School. Since its inception, the foundation has provided over one million dollars tuition assistance to needy families.
Mission: Encourage stewardship and philanthropy by providing a legal entity to accept and invest tax-advantaged gifts to be held forever in trust, as a means to build a permanent endowment for the contribution of secondary Catholic education in Fairfield and surrounding counties via William V. Fisher Catholic High School, in accordance with the gospel values and the teaching of the Catholic Church.
If you have questions about the Fisher Catholic Foundation, please consult our FAQ's below or email Dawn Burley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018-2019 Fisher Catholic Foundation Members
Dr. Christian Tencza
Erin Hesterman (Secretary/Treasurer)
Kevin Crabtree (President)
John McGraw ( Vice President)
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Fisher Catholic Foundation and why does it exist?
A: The William V. Fisher Catholic High School Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, founded in 1986 by concerned citizens of the community. The future of Catholic education in Fairfield County was in doubt and the founding fathers of the foundation wanted to assure that the resources were available to support future generations in their desire for quality Catholic education.
Q: How does the foundation serve the school and community?
A: The Fisher Catholic High School is awarded yearly gifts as identified by the William V. Fisher Catholic High School Foundation Board, the principal of the school and the wishes of contributors. The awards are made from the proceeds of the investments with some portion of the investment growth being reinvested back in the foundation so that the main core principal is grown and safeguarded for future generations. This allows a donor's gift to be perpetual and yet directed according to the donor's wishes. Since its inception the Foundation has given the school over one million dollars while growing the principal.
Q: Who governs the Fisher Catholic Foundation?
A: A board of volunteer members of the business community (approved by the Bishop), a member of the clergy, the principal of the high school, and a financial representative of the Bishop, oversee the investment strategy as defined by the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops guidelines. All investments are made in a socially responsible way and in keeping with the tenants of the Roman Catholic Church.
Q: What are the benefits of working with the Fisher Catholic Foundation?
A: There are many benefits from your association with the William V. Fisher Catholic Foundation. Giving to the foundation guarantees that your gift will remain in memoriam and provide benefits to the Fisher Catholic education system forever. Another benefit is the tax advantage for you or your family, as can be identified by your tax accountant or financial advisor. The Fisher Catholic Foundation is an ideal place to help you keep more of what you have worked hard for and develop a living legacy for the generations to come.
Q: How do I make a gift to the Fisher Catholic Foundation?
A: You can make a gift to the foundation at any time. Gifts of cash, property or insurance policies are common for the foundation. Work with your trusted financial advisor, CPA, or attorney. Contact the Fisher Catholic Foundation Board for further details.
Q: Is there a minimum dollar amount I need to have to participate?
A: No. Most gifts are at the discretion of the donor. The William V. Fisher Catholic High School Foundation is here to assist you in fulfilling your charitable intentions. Your gift can be in the form of a prepaid insurance policy or cash.
Q: Can I choose the use of my gift?
A: Yes, the majority of the gifts given are directed toward tuition support of needy students but there are also gifts dedicated to a department of the school like the library, computer technology, chapel, science or band. If you desire, your donation may support other school needs, and may be identified at the time the gift is established.
Q: Do I have to be Catholic to have an affiliation with the Fisher Catholic Foundation?
A: No. The Fisher Catholic Foundation welcomes participation from anyone that has an interest in supporting the education and religious development of Catholic education.
Q: How do I get started?
A: Contact the Fisher Catholic High School, the principal of the high school, a board member of the Foundation, your attorney, financial advisor, or accountant and let them know your intentions. They will contact the appropriate personnel to set up your gift.
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