How We Support BK
Like any fast-growing institution that is committed to maintaining the highest standards, Bishop Kelly High School has many needs. The Foundation provides additional non-tuition revenue that addresses both short and long term needs via:
- Scholarship funds for students in need
- Operating funds to minimize tuition increases
The BK Foundation provides this financial assistance to the school via an annual grant which is comprised of proceeds from the annual Winner’s Choice Dinner and Auction as well as revenue from the general endowment. In addition, the Foundation provides a substantial scholarship grant, comprised of private scholarship donations, revenue from scholarship endowments, and the scholarship proceeds from the auction.
In addition, the Bishop Kelly Foundation partners with the school in capital campaigns. In 2006-2010, the Campaign for Bishop Kelly raised close to $9 million. This has increased the value of the endowment, and also allowed the school to undergo a massive renovation: The remodeling of 20 classrooms, two laboratories, an art studio and all adjoining areas including floors, ceilings, bathrooms, lockers, electrical upgrades, air conditioning, new bleachers, and a new parking lot/entry area with an alumni plaza for the students’ use. The E.L. Wiegand Student Commons area was completed in 2012, which renovated the front of the school, providing more enclosed space, a multimedia/multiuse room, and a new adminstrative area to better serve our student population. In 2014, a Performance Training Center was completed, the Father Fraser Library was expanded and renovated, and beautiful new eight-court tennis courts were added to the campus.
There is more work to be done, and the Bishop Kelly Foundation stands ready to assist the school. The current capital campaign, BK2020 Vision, is underway, and the two primary objectives are to complete a classroom wing dedicated to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), education skills critical in today’s workplace. Classrooms currently housing those classes will be used to accommodate Bishop Kelly’s increased enrollment and allow continued smaller classrooms sizes, which is vital to maintaining the culture of BK.
A portion of the proceeds from the BK2020 Vision Campaign will be dedicated to the Foundation’s endowment, helping to ensure that the Foundation is able to financially support BK and its students in the future at the same rate that it does today.
Please consider being a part of Bishop Kelly’s future by contributing to the Bishop Kelly Foundation with donations of cash, securities or real property or through endowed scholarships, gifting appreciated assets or other estate planning methods.
To donate securities, please contact the office for routing instructions, or contact the Foundation’s investment advisors at Riedel Miles Family Wealth Advisory Partners at Raymond James, 208-908-6140.
Contact Rita Franklin, Executive Director, at (208) 323-4789 for more information on how you can make a lasting contribution to Bishop Kelly, or visit https://bk.nolatepayments.com/page/support to give online and make a difference today!