St. Philip Neri School receives $20K from Healey Foundation

St. Philip Neri School in Linthicum received $20,000 from the Healey Education Foundation Nov. 8 for its fundraising and development efforts, according to a news release.

The school received the $15,000 Founder’s Award for entrepreneurial spirit in action. It also received Healey’s highest honor in the development awards category — $5,000 for highest percentage growth (50 percent) in annual fund for a current partner school.

Since partnering with the Healey Foundation in 2015, St. Philip Neri’s enrollment has increased by 24 percent and the school has seen its new Annual Fund rise to more than $75,000 in unrestricted dollars.

“When my father started this foundation, he was convinced that schools needed to think outside the box. Through creative ideas and insights, finding points of value and building strategic partnerships, he thought we could make the otherwise unachievable, possible,” said Christine L. Healey, president of the Healey Education Foundation in the news release. “St. Phillip Neri School represents all of this and much more. Through nimble and responsive thinking, they have reached well into the wider community, creating an incredible learning environment.

“From creating a partnership with a local university, to physically knocking down walls to expand an experimentation lab, to exciting additions like 3-D printing, robotics and drones, we can’t express how proud we are of what St. Philip Neri School has accomplished in such a short time.”

Through a partnership with Notre Dame of Maryland University, the school participated in the Academy of Catholic Educators program to inspire and equip teachers to take full advantage of technology in the classroom and a new Maker Space lab. The school’s results included a 11 percent enrollment growth from 365 to 408 over the prior year.

“We are extremely proud of St. Philip Neri School’s strong enrollment management and continued success on the advancement front, which has driven the overall sustainability and growth of the school,” said Jim Sellinger, Chancellor of Education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

On the development side, the school moved from more traditional candy and bake sale fundraising methods and incorporated the Healey Methodology. With no annual fund prior to Healey’s involvement, the goal was to tie the dollars to visible signs of progress in the school.

This has come to fruition through tuition assistance, technology, and overall building improvements, according to the news release.

This is the sixth annual awarding of School Advancement Grants for Excellence for the Healey Education Foundation, and the awards recognize significant improvement in enrollment and fundraising as well as innovation by the Foundation’s partner schools.

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