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A.B. McDonell Vision Fund

Since 1907, when A.B. McDonell built the McDonell Memorial High School in memory of his wife and children, philanthropy has been a cornerstone of our Catholic schools. This tradition continues today through the generosity of alumni, current parents, parents of alumni, faculty and staff, grandparents and friends. Our community’s collective annual fund gifts preserve and enhance the MACS experience.
A.B. McDonell made his vision clear: “This school should provide no or low-cost tuition to every family who wishes to obtain for their children a Catholic education.”

What is the A.B. McDonell Vision Fund?
This is an annual fund supporting McDonell Area Catholic Schools. The fund is made up of annual gifts from alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, and friends of MACS. All gifts are unrestricted contributions that allow us to fulfill the vision of A.B. McDonell.

Why is the Annual A.B. McDonell Vision Fund Necessary?
The A.B. McDonell Vision Fund is the cornerstone of all fundraising for McDonell Area Catholic Schools. Without it, MACS would not be able to keep its doors open as tuition does not cover the full cost of educating a student at MACS. The true cost to educate an elementary student is $11,500 and to educate a high school student $14,800. The difference per student must be found through other resources. The most significant contribution any of us can make to MACS is to the A.B. McDonell Vision Fund.

Every Dollar Given Will:

  • Provide teachers and students with the state-of-the-art technology and materials
  • Provide a silent scholarship to each student to help keep tuition low
  • Provide professional development opportunities to maintain highly qualified faculty and staff
  • Support student and employee safety in their work and learning environment
  • Support the Employee and Student Assistance program to help meet social, emotional, and mental health needs
  • Support MACS clubs and organizations that offer extracurricular activities, such as athletics, theater arts, and campus ministry

The A.B. McDonell Society
All gifts of $1000 and above include membership in the A.B. McDonell Society. Membership includes recognition as a top benefactor in the annual report and an invitation to a private reception hosted by the MACS President.

Recognition Levels

Annual Giving Circles and Clubs
(FX) Father Charles F.X. Goldsmith Circle
Annual Gift $15,000+
(PC) Father Eugene Phelan Circle
Annual Gift of $10,000-$14,999
(EC) Sister M. Estelle Circle
Annual Gift of $5,000-$9,999
(XC) Sister Mary Francis Xavier Circle
Annual Gift of $2,500-$4,999
(JC) Mary and Lizzie Jennings Circle
Annual Gift of $1,000-$2,499
(ND) School Sisters of Notre Dame Club
Annual Gift of $750-$999
(HC) Rev. Theodore Hegemann Club
Annual Gift of $500-$749
(SC) Rev. Edmund Sturm Club
Annual Gift of $250-$499
Christian Brothers Club
Annual Gift up to $250


Other A.B. McDonell Vision Fund FAQ:

How should payments be made?

  • Pay in a monthly recurring gift (debit or credit card) or in full
  • Send a check made payable to McDonell Area Catholic Schools or MACS
  • To make your gift online Click HERE

Are other types of gifts accepted?
Yes! Many donors prefer giving through a donor-advised fund, their IRA, or appreciated stock. Donors are encouraged to consult with their financial advisor. Please contact the MACS Advancement office at 715.723.0538 for assistance with any of these options.

What about matching gifts?
Donors are encouraged to inquire about their employers’ matching gift program. These programs match the amount of the donor’s charitable contribution, often doubling their donation. Check with your employer for options.

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Jaynee Brannen '03

Libby Leinenkugel '94
Director of Advancement