Types Of Gifts


Unrestricted gifts provide the greatest flexibility for Friends’ mission to support our schools.  These are the largest portions of our donations and are placed in our endowment to be invested and accumulate long term. A percentage of the investment income from the endowment, as determined in Friends’ funds distribution policy, is gifted to Pope John and Shawe annually, thereby ensuring that your donation will continue to make a difference for our schools year after year.

Sustaining Operations Fund

The Sustaining Operations Fund provides the support Friends needs to operate. Gifts to the fund provide the “nuts and bolts” of the operation – salaries, office expenses, etc. The Board of Directors and the staff at Friends are diligent in keeping expenses down so that all other money raised can go directly to the schools.

Your gift to the Endowment or your gift to sustaining our operations, may be made in memory of or in honor of a loved one, a friend or your graduating class.

Memorial and Honorarium Donations

It is very painful to lose a loved one. Many of our supporters have, during their time of grief, remembered Friends by asking their friends and families to donate to Friends of Shawe and Pope John Schools, Inc. in memory of their loved one. Every year Friends celebrates a Mass, commemorating these memorials and the kind families. Memorial arrangements can be made through the Friends’ office or the funeral home of your choice.


Friends of Shawe and Pope John, Inc. (“Friends”) accepts donations in memory of, and in honor of, family members and loved ones, living or deceased, by check, cash or online contribution (www.friendsofshawepj.org).

Donations to the Unrestricted Fund will grow in endowment and the earnings distributed as an annual gift to Shawe Junior/Senior High School and Pope John XXIII Elementary School.

In those situations where family members want to establish a named Restricted Fund for a particular project or need, the founding donor and Friends must reach an agreement. All attempts will be made to comply with the Donor’s conditions on the use of the gift and the income derived. Note that Friends cannot set school policy nor dictate how gifts to the schools shall be used.

The minimum donation to establish a named Permanently Restricted Fund is $20,000. All distributions from the Restricted Fund shall be in accordance with the then current Friends’ Gifting Policy. The historic dollar value of the fund may not be expended for a Permanently Restricted Fund.

If the Founding Donor designates the fund Temporarily Restricted all amounts donated will be disbursed in accordance with the donor’s conditions.