Giving Opportunities

Your gift has the power to make a difference in the lives of our students. Our goal is to ensure that all Saint Mary's students can access our enriching educational opportunities in the Holy Cross tradition. There are several creative ways you can support Saint Mary's students:

The Saint Mary's Fund

To make the most immediate impact on the highest priority projects for the College and its students, make a gift to the Saint Mary's Fund. When you make an annual Saint Mary's Fund gift, you support students, faculty, and the beautiful campus you know and love.

Major Strategic Projects

The College is currently engaged in several projects to ensure that students can continue to access a Saint Mary's education. 

The quick transition to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic caused students nationwide to incur unanticipated expenses. Our most economically vulnerable students needed assistance to meet these expenses. To ensure that all Saint Mary’s students are able to graduate on time, we asked for – and received – strong support for the Student Emergency Fund. Saint Mary’s awarded over 250 grants, including $100,000 from federal grants and $100,000+ from donor gifts. 

During the leadership of Interim President Nancy Nekvasil, the College sought to raise vital funds for scholarships, study abroad support, and student-faculty research. We received generous support to establish funds that will endow support for these key areas.


To make the most enduring impact on the College, consider establishing an endowed fund. Strong colleges go hand in hand with strong endowments. At Saint Mary’s, the $200 million endowment solidifies the longevity of our institution.

Many choose to endow a scholarship to invest in future Saint Mary’s students, but there are many areas on campus that could benefit from the stable support that endowment provides. Going even further, annual gifts to your endowed fund continually increases the impact of your philanthropy.

Gift Planning

We’re proud that many of our alumnae and friends choose to entrust their legacy to us. These forward-thinking gifts are truly the future of the College and allow donors to make a bigger impact than they ever imagined. Saint Mary's welcomes bequests from a variety of financial plans and can work with you on creative ways to make an impact and maximize tax savings. The College is also pleased to offer charitable gift annuities and charitable unitrusts as a way to leverage planned gifts for future Saint Mary's students and faculty. 

Did you know any gift to Saint Mary’s can be made in honor of someone? Visit our Memorial and Tributes page for more information.