Contributing to our Children's Tomorrow
Executive Director of the Foundation
Mrs. Jenna Wood
The McGill-Toolen Foundation was first established in 1978. It began as an organization dedicated to the promotion of alumni support for the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School and to the creation of a diocesan office for the organized solicitation of funds. Under the original Foundation, the Catholic High Schools Alumni Association of Mobile (CHSAAM) was formed and the annual fund solicitation program began. In 1996, with the authorization of Archbishop Oscar H. Lipscomb, the McGill-Toolen Foundation was reconstituted for the purpose of addressing the need for stable, long term financial support for the school. The Foundation's endowment reached $1,000,000 in 1997 and has continued to grow in value through prudent investment of the endowment corpus in publicly traded stocks, bonds and mutual funds, planned giving contributions, and the annual receipt of a share of monies collected by the Annual Fund. Since its inception, the endowment has contributed more than $1,000.000 to the operational budget and special projects.
The mission of the McGill-Toolen Foundation is to secure the financial stability of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School, and so ensure that no child is denied a Catholic high school education due to financial constraints. To effectively assist the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School in maintaining affordable tuition rates the Foundation has targeted three non-tuition revenue sources as priorities:
Scholarships-Every Child Deserves A Catholic Education
Scholarships are one of the main priorities of the McGill-Toolen Foundation to ensure that every child is afforded access to a McGill-Toolen Catholic education. Scholarships allow more students, roughly 25% of our student population, the opportunity to attend McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. Currently, 30 named scholarships have been established at McGill-Toolen Catholic High School awarding approximately $60,000 a year to deserving students.
There are three ways to contribute to our scholarship program:
Endowed Scholarships funds are permanently invested in the McGill-Toolen Foundation and the investment income is used to fund one or more scholarships with a minimum donation of $50,000. The benefactor of an endowed scholarship has the opportunity to name their scholarship in memory or in honor of their loved one. The benefactor also determines the student criteria for the selection process. Once the scholarship is fully funded, the benefactor is invited to a special recognition event and their scholarship is listed in the Annual Report. The Endowed Scholarships awards are based on student requirements and recommendations made by the Scholarship Committee consisting of McGill-Toolen guidance counselors, administration and support personnel. Students are recommended by their partner school principal. These scholarships do not require an application process.
McGill-Toolen Foundation Scholarship Fund
The McGill-Toolen Foundation Scholarship funds are managed under the McGill-Toolen Foundation with a minimum donation of $10,000. A minimum of $2,500 per year with a four year commitment is required. The benefactor of the McGill-Toolen Foundation Scholarship has the opportunity to name their scholarship in memory or in honor of their loved one. The benefactor also determines the student criteria for the selection process. Once the scholarship is fully funded, the benefactor is invited to a special recognition event and their scholarship is listed in the Annual Report. The McGill-Toolen Foundation Scholarship awards are based on student requirements and recommendations made by the Scholarship Committee consisting of McGill-Toolen guidance counselors, administration and support personnel. Students are recommended by their partner school principal. These scholarships do not require an application process.
St. Augustine Scholarship Fund
The St. Augustine Scholarship Fund assists students who embody the values and ideals that we seek in our McGill-Toolen Catholic students, but whose families do not qualify for financial aid. Children of Catholic school teachers, children of first responders and active duty military, children of McT alumni and our Aquinas Scholars are eligible to receive assistance through the St. Augustine Scholarship Fund. To qualify for this scholarship, students must meet standards of academic achievement, be involved in community service and show a commitment to their Catholic faith as well as a financial need. For more information regarding the St. Augustine Scholarship and to learn more about the online application process or eligibility requirements, click here.
Be a Scholarship Saint and Donate
“No child should be denied his or her right to an education in faith, which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
Advancing the Mission of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School
The McGill-Toolen Foundation Endowment sustains McGill-Toolen Catholic High School through fluctuations in enrollment and the economy, helps recruit and retain quality faculty and ensures our students have access to faith-enhancing experiences that deepen their faith. A strong endowment ensures the McGill-Toolen Foundation carries out our mission in perpetuity. The McGill-Toolen Foundation endowment grants an annual subsidy to the school that goes directly to the operational needs of the school. The endowment currently provides $100,000 annually to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. The annual endowment assists in keeping McGill-Toolen’s tuition affordable by reducing the need for tuition aid and builds financial security for the future.
Memorial gifts to the McGill-Toolen Foundation meet two important needs. First, the gift allows you to express your feelings at the loss of a loved one and second, the gift supports McGill-Toolen's unique and time-honored tradition of educational excellence. Memorial gifts may be restricted or unrestricted. Appropriate cards are sent to the bereaved family indicating your memorial gift was made without disclosing the amount of the gift.
It may give you comfort to know your gift is helping us to advance our mission of providing a quality education which enables our students to grow in faith; search for knowledge and truth in mind, body, and spirit; and to continue building the Kingdom of God on earth.
Memorials should be sent to the:
1501 Old Shell Road
Mobile, AL 36604
Light of Life Memorial Campaign
In an effort to raise endowment funds, join the McGill-Toolen Foundation in the month of December for our Inaugural Light of Life campaign. The Light of Life campaign offers individuals a unique opportunity to honor their loved ones during the holiday season. For your generous gift, an ornament will be personalized with your loved one's name and will be placed with loving care onto the Light of Life tree. The tree will be displayed in the McGill-Toolen Catholic High School Agora where it will shine throughout the holiday season.
Gift of $25-Star Ornament
Gift of $50-Dove Ornament
Gift of $100-Angel Ornament
HOW TO DONATE TO LIGHT OF LIFE:
Endowment Funds Are Gifts That Secure the Future!
"Do not forget that the future of humanity is in the hands of those… who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons for life and optimism."
- St. John Paul II
Planned Giving-Building a Legacy, Supporting Our Faith
The McGill family provided the first “planned gift” in 1896 for a Catholic High School in Mobile. Their legacy still lives on today as the earnings from the McGill family gift have supported the school for more than 120 years. The McGill family had a vision and a belief that Catholic education played a vital role in the future of the Church. McGill-Toolen continues to benefit from the generosity of benefactors who share this belief in the importance of Catholic education and determined that a planned gift is the most effective means of supporting the mission of the Church. Planned gifts designated to McGill-Toolen Catholic High School have provided much of the funding for the capital campaign as well as a significant portion of our scholarship funds. Individuals and families who have demonstrated their commitment to Catholic education through a planned gift to the McGill-Toolen Foundation will become a member of the Lipscomb Legacy Society.
How do I join the Lipscomb Legacy Society? To become a Lipscomb Legacy Society member, one must leave a planned gift to the McGill-Toolen Foundation. We ask you complete a planned giving agreement to confirm the intention of the gift. The agreement is signed and filed until the gift is realized. This ensures the intent of your generous planned gift is recorded accurately and that we honor your legacy. For information on how to become a member of the Lipscomb Legacy Society, please click here.
What is a Planned Gift? A planned gift is a contribution that is arranged in the present and allocated at a future date. Commonly donated through a will or a trust, planned gifts are most often granted once the donor is passed away.
Thank you for supporting the mission of McGill-Toolen Catholic High School. You have our deepest gratitude and may God continue to bless you and your family.
To learn more about the type of charitable giving that is right for you, please contact
Jenna Wood, Executive Director of the Foundation