Catholic Schools Council

The Catholic Schools Council consults with and offers guidance to the Archbishop and the Superintendent concerning Catholic schools in the Archdiocese. 

The Council acts as a resource and advisory body to the Catholic Schools Office on the financial health, educational quality, and long-term sustainability of  schools sponsored by or affiliated with the Archdiocese of Boston.  

Members of the Catholic Schools Council have expertise in education, ministry, business, finance, philanthropy, public service, and law. The Superintendent serves as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Council.

Members:

  • John Regan (Chair)
  • Robert Atchinson
  • William Burke
  • Sister Gail Donahue, CSJ
  • Katie Everett
  • Richard Henken
  • Sister Karen Hokanson, SND
  • Reverend William P. Joy
  • Msgr. Frank Kelley
  • Peter Lynch
  • Sean McGrath                        
  • William Mosakowski
  • Michael F. Rogers
  • Ingrid Tucker
  • Peter Zotto  

Campaign for Catholic Schools

Ten years ago, led by Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Boston recognized that the tipping point had been reached in its Catholic schools, particularly in its inner-city elementary schools. With enrollment rapidly declining and schools closing, a major review and strategic planning effort evolved to change the trajectory of Catholic education in Boston. Chaired by Boston business and civic leader Jack Connors, Jr., at the behest of Boston’s Archbishop Cardinal Seán O’Malley, this endeavor came to be known first as the 2010 Initiative for Catholic Education and, in time, as the Campaign for Catholic Schools.

The Campaign for Catholic Schools (CCS) is a change agent for rebuilding Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Boston through new models that introduce lay governance, strong academics, facility improvement, new technology, and innovative teacher support. Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton, CCS' first successful pilot school, was established in 2007. Thanks to the generosity of philanthropists who gave over $10 million in private support, and to Boston’s Suffolk Construction, which undertook major renovations at below cost, three Catholic elementary schools with declining enrollment became one regional two-campus Academy educating 350 mostly low-income students.

Established in 2008, Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy (SJPIICA) was established by the coming together of seven parish schools to form a three-campus Academy. With an enrollment of 1,150 children, age 2.9- Grade 8, SJPIICA is governed by a lay board of trustees and is administered by a regional director.

CCS has also influenced the establishment of three additional academies—Lawrence Catholic Academy, Quincy Catholic Academy, and South Boston Catholic Academy—and has consulted with other struggling Catholic school systems throughout the United States.

Visit the Campaign for Catholic Schools' website to learn more.

Catholic Schools Foundation

The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) is the premier non-profit institution for granting aid to low-income students to attend Catholic elementary and high school in the Archdiocese of Boston. CSF’s tax exempt 501(c)(3) status is separate from the diocese, allowing companies and individuals who are unable to donate to religious organizations to support disadvantaged youth in the Archdiocese. Over the past three decades, CSF has distributed more than $100 million in scholarship aid to over 50,000 students in the Greater Boston community. With their recipients achieving an astounding 100% high school graduation rate, our scholarships are changing lives. We have earned the highest possible rating (4-stars) through Charity Navigator based on our financial health, accountability and transparency.

Visit the Catholic Schools Foundation's website to learn more.

The Lynch Foundation

Carolyn and Peter Lynch established The Lynch Foundation in order to spread the values that were instilled in them throughout their childhood. Both children of educators, they went to public schools and attended college on a scholarship. As they went on to have successful careers, they remembered the importance of education and the generosity of those who had provided them with an opportunity to receive one. As a result, they founded The Lynch Foundation in 1988.

Because The Lynch Foundation views giving as an investment, it places its resources in a diverse portfolio of sustainable organizations, from innovative and promising start-ups to well-established organizations with strong leadership. This diversity allows The Lynch Foundation to serve the largest constituency and help its partners act as a catalyst for effective change.

The Lynch Foundation primarily supports four areas of giving: education, cultural and historic preservation, health care and wellness, and the religious and educational efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. The Lynch Foundation’s relationship with its grantees is a partnership, with the foundation providing the resources and support needed to help its grantees succeed in the Greater Boston community.

Visit The Lynch Foundation's website to learn more.

FACTS

FACTS, a Nelnet company (NYSE: NNI), is located in Lincoln, Neb., and is committed to making educational dreams possible through service and technology. FACTS serves more than three million students and families at over 11,500 schools, and manages $9 billion in tuition funds annually. FACTS offers a comprehensive suite of services including tuition management, a student information system, payment administration and processing, financial needs assessment, and online admissions/enrollment solutions.

In 2014, Nelnet purchased RenWeb and its suite of student administration solutions. After the acquisition, they worked hard to integrate RenWeb & FACTS team members and products into a single entity to better serve our customers, and in 2018 they rebranded to do business as FACTS.

Visit FACTS' website to learn more.

Healey Education Foundation

The Healey Education Foundation grew from faith and business savvy. Robert T. Healey Sr. established the Foundation in 2004 to bring sound business principles to the challenges of revitalizing Catholic Schools. Since then, it has grown to serve 79 elementary and high schools across six dioceses in Delaware, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The Healey Education Foundation partners with dioceses and fellow philanthropists who believe in the value of Catholic schools. As an operational nonprofit, Healey provides resourceful strategies, training and coaching to dioceses and individual schools. Healey partner schools are active participants, every step of the way, in taking charge of their own futures.

Visit the Healey Education Foundation's website to learn more.