There are many worthy projects and programs to choose from at Saint Mary's as you consider how to direct your gift. Here are some examples to inspire your philanthropic spirit.
Saint Mary's Museum of Art is home to one of the country's most comprehensive collections of works by William Keith, California's master landscape painter. The only accredited museum in Contra Costa County, the Museum of Art's exhibitions and award-winning art collection draw visitors from the Bay area and beyond. Join us in shaping the future for the Museum by supporting the SMCMoA Fund.
CILSA promotes a culture of service and social justice education consistent with Catholic social teaching, Lasallian values and the liberal arts, training students to be leaders and bringing faculty, staff, students and community partners together to foster intellectual inquiry, civic responsibility and social justice. Your gift can keep CILSA operations and endowment strong; support summer immersion experiences for college students; support Carnival 4 Kids that introduces under-served children to the dream of going to college; and forge partnerships with West Oakland neighborhoods to provide educational outreach in financial literacy, nutritional/fitness literacy, cultural/arts education, and parent education.
The new Center for Environmental Literacy explores and promotes educational programming and professional development opportunities for educators to integrate nature and the arts into academic curricula designed for elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as for Saint Mary's research and coursework. It is also the new home for River of Words.
The late Lamont Madden, '96, noticed that some of his fellow students could not afford text books. He gave his books back to campus to form a lending library of standard texts, and asked his friend to do likewise. Your gift to the Madden lending library could add books to the permanent library of general studies texts or provide vouchers to low-income students to purchase their own texts.
A half-acre student-run garden plot now exists on campus to grow pesticide-free food for the student dining hall. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff have contributed more than 1,000 hours of work in the garden--planting, cultivating, and mulching the beds, and putting ground cover around the perimeter. Your gift will support annual operating costs and efforts such as irrigation expanision, electricity, fencing and future projects.
One of the greatest resources we offer to promote our five Lasallian Core Principles is the Mission and Ministry Center. Your gift will support: student leadership, faith formation, Lasallian mission, liturgy and prayer, residential ministry, retreats and vocation or a scholar-in-residence.
Bricks have been integral to Saint Mary's storied history for nearly 150 years - from the first campus in San Francisco to the "Brickpile" campus in Oakland to Moraga's hills, our home since 1928. Leave a legacy for your Saint Mary's graduate in the beautiful brick patio in front of Brother Jerome West Hall.
Wedding Chapel Plaques
As part of an ongoing effort to restore Saint Mary's Chapel, a plaque has been placed just outside the Chapel to commemorate couples whose marriage began at Saint Mary's. As you plan your wedding or celebrate the passing years, this is a great opportunity for you (or family and friends) to leave a special legacy on campus. Bride and groom names, along with the wedding date, will be listed below the invocation: "Saint Mary, our patroness and mother of the Holy Family, bless our marriage which began here." A donation of $500 to the Restore the Chapel Fund is requested.
To learn more about these and other opportunities, contact Daniel G. Lewis '00 at (925) 631-4616.