FACS Announces Anonymous Donation to Support Catholic School Education

BLOOMFIELD, CT – January 24, 2013- The Foundation for the Advancement of Catholic Schools (FACS) is pleased to announce a generous gift in the amount of $100,000 from an anonymous donor.

According to FACS Board of Trustees President Maureen E. Kerrigan, for the past four consecutive years, FACS has been fortunate and very grateful to be the recipient of five anonymous donations, which support its efforts to help schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford.

“Namelessly notable! That’s how I would describe the incredibly generous donor who once again directed $100,000 to FACS through a local law firm,” said Kerrigan. “This donor can be assured that their generosity will make a life-changing impact for the recipients of the tuition assistance provided.”

FACS supports the poor and underserved students in Catholic schools across the Archdiocese, and it is donations from generous individuals and businesses, special events and planned gifts that make it possible, said Executive Director Cynthia Basil Howard. She is proud of what FACS has been able to accomplish for its Catholic elementary and secondary schools.

“In the Archdiocese of Hartford we have had an exemplary record in academic and other achievements. So many of our graduates have gone on to achieve success in various walks of life. We are so pleased and inspired that an anonymous friend of FACS has faith in our organization, recognizes the value of a Catholic school education and has faithfully committed funds to help students. We send this friend a great big thank you,” continued Howard.

Based on the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau Public Education Finances Report from 2009, Catholic schools saved the State of Connecticut $474,159,860 in operation costs. In the Archdiocese of Hartford alone, $232,429,258 is saved annually.

The Most Reverend Henry J. Mansell, D.D., Archbishop of Hartford is the Chair of the Foundation Board of Trustees and Maureen E. Kerrigan is President of FACS.