In 1986, a small group
of dedicated men and women in our local
community organized Friends of Shawe and Pope John with a vision of providing long-term financial support
to our Catholic schools
. From an initial capital campaign
of $500,000 to establish Friends, to our more recent Friends for the Future drive that successfully raised $2.5 million, Friends has carefully invested your donations to provide endowed funds that make yearly grants
to each school and their teachers. In recent years, Friends has both increased the invested endowment to over $4 million and provided for immediate needs at both schools in the library, technology and tuition assistance.
Friends strives to cultivate its donor base to continue
generous gifts to the unrestricted fund in our endowment and encourages planned giving
as a way to support our schools into the future. As a 501(c)(3) supporting organization
of Prince of Peace Catholic Schools
, donations to Friends are tax-exempt.