The McDonell High School Foundation was created in 1977 by various community leaders who wanted to promote Catholic high school education as an alternative to public school education in Chippewa Falls. In 1979, the Foundation kicked off the "Century II" campaign to boost the corpus of the Foundation's assets. Our board's vision was to continue the strong tradition of Catholic education begun in the Chippewa Falls area in the late 1890's. Since the Foundation's inception we contributed over $2 million to McDonell High School. Since 2000 alone, the Foundation contributed over $1.6 million toward the general operation of the McDonell Area Catholic Schools, for an average of over $125,000 each school year.

Members of the McDonell High School Foundation Board of Directors are volunteers who have a vested interest in the vitality of the school system. Many members are Alumni of McDonell and have family members who are intricately connected wtih the schools, whether through employment or enrolled as students.

Board members attend semi-annual meetings, review investment performance, set distribution policy, and determine marketing plans. All community members are welcome to get involved with the Foundation and related activites. Please contact a board member for more information.

Name, Grad Year Position Parish
Mary Rose (Bell) Willi '71(Parent of McDonell graduates; current grandparent of MACS students) President St. Charles
Rusty Volk (Parent of McDonell graduates) Vice President Holy Ghost
Mike Stoffel '86 (Current parent of MACS students) Secretary/Treasurer St. Peter
Chuck Frenette '67 (Parent of McDonell graduates) Director Holy Ghost
Jack Stelter '70 (Parent of McDonell graduates; current grandparent of MACS students) Director Holy Cross
Dave Wogernese (Parent of McDonell graduates) Director
Tom Davis '81 (Parent of McDonell graduates) Director Notre Dame
Jeff Zander (Parent of McDonell graduates) Director St. Charles
Jeanne (Quigley) Boisvert '68 Director Holy Cross
Rolly Endres '96 (Current parent of MACS students) Director Notre Dame

Since 1977, McDonell Foundation has given over $2 million to McDonell Central Catholic High School while preserving the principle of our fund.

Gifts to the McDonell High School Foundation can be made in various forms - cash, stock, securities, estates, donor trusts, and life insurance poilicies with the beneficiary as the McDonell High School Foundation.

The policy of the McDonell High School Foundation is to distribute 5% of the market value of all assets to McDonell Central Catholic High School each year. However, the Board of Directors has ultimate authority and flexibility to determine annual gifting levels to McDonell with the fiduciary responsibility of maintaining the corpus of foundation assets.

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Planned Giving
Long term giving from your estate

Gifts of cash, stocks, bonds, real estate,or other assets of any size can be made to the Foundation at any time. Normally your charitable gift qualifies for tax advantages under Federal and State tax regulations. Check with your tax advisor for tax benefits available when making a gift.
In planning your estate you can designate a gift or a portion of your estate to the McDonell High School Foundation, Inc. and in select cases receive a substantial reduction in Federal and State gift and estate taxes. Check with your tax advisor when preparing your estate plan for any such tax benefits.
Creating a Charitable Gift Annuity today can provide you and your spouse with tax benefits today. You can designate cash or specific property to a trust that pays income to you or another named beneficiary for life. After your death and the death of the named beneficiary the remainder of the trust will transfer to the McDonell High School Foundation. You will receive tax benefits in the year in which the trust is created.
You can place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to the McDonell High School Foundation for the number of years that you select. Once this specific time frame comes to an end the assets held in the trust are transferred to beneficiaries you have named. Potential Federal and State gift and estate tax benefits may be available to the donor. Check with your tax advisor when establishing such a trust.
Name the McDonell High School Foundation as the beneficiary of your life insurance policy. Better yet, transfer ownership of the policy to the Foundation or purchase and contribute a new policy to the Foundation.Any such gift will entitle you to an income tax deduction and any future premium payments made by will also be tax deductible.

Archangel Funds
Investing in smaller amounts with specific purpose

McDonell alumni and friends are a critical component of the ongoing success of Catholic education in Chippewa Falls. Your support of one or more of the newly-established Archangel Funds will help our Catholic schools to continue producing graduates who surpass local, state and national education standards!

St Gabriel the ArchAngel

For 100 years, our Chippewa Falls Catholic schools were staffed entirely by religious. Since these teachers were paid subsistence wages, the financial burden to the schools was minimal. As the number of religious declined, the burden of paying salaries increased dramatically. The challenge today is to attract high-quality teachers and to retain them with just wages.

The establishment of the Saint Gabriel the Archangel Fund is an outgrowth of the McDonell High School Foundation board's mission to build financial support for the challenges McDonell faces, including faculty salaries. Earnings from this fund are designated specifically for the enhancement of teachers' salaries. Academic excellence cannot be achieved without excellent teachers, and excellent teachers who devote their lives to a faith-based education deserve a just wage.

St Michael the ArchAngel

The newest facility in our Catholic school system is over 50 years old. Much has changed for both students and faculty in those 5 decades. In particular, the need to update and maintain our aging facilities to provide a safe and comfortable atmosphere for our students, staff, and volunteers is ongoing. The administration of our supporting parishes and schools alike understand that the physical surroundings are an important component of high-quality Catholic education. Unfortunately, parish subsidies and student tuition cover only a portion of our operational costs, leaving scantly funding for facility upgrades.

The Saint Michael the Archangel Fund will provide the means for constructing, expanding, or renovating facilities to help promote academic excellence and the dynamic practice of our Faith. This fund will help to ensure that spaces are adequately-sized, and that they are safe and meet the needs of the students and faculty.

St Raphael the ArchAngel

Our Catholic schools view technology as a key to life-long learning. We believe that the proficient knowledge and use of technology is an essential tool for helping students to make the transition from the educational environment to the competitive world, while increasing their ability to function in, and contribute to, a technology-rich society. It is our desire that our students will have the ability to exercise responsible, digital citizenship which reflects the moral teachings of our Catholic Faith within the context of our curriculum.

The Saint Raphael the Archangel Fund will provide for adequate technical support for technology, ongoing upgrades to curriculum and staff development, for the seamless integration of technology into learning and teaching.