Growing the Endowment

In a time of escalating costs, our strategic plan identifies the need for enhanced revenue strategies to ensure our future ability to continue the Prep's mission.

Our endowment will be a critical tool for meeting this objective; however, our current endowment of $20 million falls far short of that of our competitors and of our Jesuit peers across the country. We need to address this to ensure the future of the Prep.

"My father insisted that I receive a Jesuit education. He was right. The values, learning disciplines and the sheer determination to excel in any endeavor, all of which I gained at the Prep, have served me well throughout my life. It is my privilege, as well as my duty, to afford promising students of future generations the same experience of a Jesuit education. As I look back, I owe much to my Prep years. Time for me, and my family, to give back." 
                                        - Columbus R. Gangemi, Jr., Esq. '65

By Growing Our Endowment, WE WILL...

Ensure that qualified young men from all backgrounds can attend the Prep

Since the Prep’s earliest days, the sons of bricklayers, bus drivers, bankers, and surgeons from across the region have studied side by side, forming an uncommon bond of brotherhood. Critical need-based and merit scholarships funded by the endowment will maintain the extraordinary racial, ethnic, geographic and socioeconomic diversity that makes the Prep unique among private schools.

Sustain our Jesuit identity

Ongoing investment in retreat opportunities, faculty formation, service learning and other mission-related endeavors will become increasingly imperative for maintaining our Jesuit, Catholic identity for generations to come in the face of declining numbers of Jesuits and other religious.

Attract and retain top faculty through endowed positions, professional development opportunities, and resources

Ninety-seven percent of our dedicated, world-class faculty holds a master’s degree or higher. Ensuring that we can continue to attract, retain, and support top faculty is important for maintaining the Prep’s rigorous academic standards.

Enhance our approach to comprehensive cura personalis goals with endowed funding

For over 80% of our students, the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis—care of the whole person—includes the opportunity to test their mental, as well as physical abilities, bond with teammates and classmates,
and cultivate personal relationships inside and outside of the classroom that will last a lifetime. By supporting endowed positions and programs, our students benefit from increased access to state-of-the-art equipment and sustained activities. From robotics to STEM initiatives, endowment resources will provide students with top-notch academic and extracurricular opportunities.

Allow greater flexibility in addressing emergent needs

By taking stress off of operating funds, the endowment will allow for a more nimble approach as new opportunities and needs emerge.


Betsy Courtney P '08, '10
Chief Development Officer

St. Joseph's Preparatory School
1733 West Girard Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19130
tel: 215.978.1950
fax: 215.765.1710
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