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Development Office

The mission of the Development Office is to establish and maintain long-term relationships with and among alumni, parents, and friends through reliable and consistent communications. Through a variety of activities, this office provides our constituents with opportunities to reconnect with each other and to give back to Sacred Heart. Gifts to Sacred Heart Catholic School are investments in the future of our students and our community as a whole.

For more information, please contact Dianna Chmelicek, Development Director, at dchmelicek@shshattiesburg.com or 601.450.5736.

Ways to Support Sacred Heart

Financial gifts to Sacred Heart Catholic School supplement the cost of education not covered by tuition. Like most independent schools, Sacred Heart's tuition and fees do not cover the total cost of educating its students, and additional support from all members of the Sacred Heart community is key to bridging this gap. These gifts enable enhancements to our existing programs, provide academic support, and fund tuition assistance. The caring support and enthusiastic involvement of our constituents enables Sacred Heart to flourish in the tradition of Catholic education and carry out its mission of academic excellence and service in a safe, nurturing environment. Thank you to our donors whose support enables us to change lives through education!

Sacred Heart is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Gifts may be made online, in person or by mail. Visit in person or send gifts by mail to:

Sacred Heart Catholic School

Development Office

510 West Pine Street

Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Make an Online Gift

Designate your gift to a specific area or fund before submitting your payment on the “Review” page. Please use the “Special Instructions” section.

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Types of Gifts

Cash Gifts

Cash gifts are the simplest and easiest gifts you can make. They can be made through credit/debit card transactions, outright cash, or personal checks, cashier’s checks, or money orders made payable to Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are an easy way to double or even triple your donation to Sacred Heart. Obtain a matching-gift form from your employer and provide it to Sacred Heart with your contribution.

Gifts In-kind

Some donors take the opportunity to give to the school by providing tangible items such as computers, office or athletic equipment, books or other items related to our educational programs. The Development Office can help you determine the acceptability of gifts as well as potential tax benefits and implications of gifts-in-kind.

Planned Gifts

You can remember Sacred Heart Catholic School by leaving a gift in your will or estate plan. Making a planned gift may allow you to give more than you ever thought possible and, at the same time, you may experience tax advantages or income for a number of years or life.

Gifts of Securities

If you hold securities that would incur a tax on capital gains if sold, your outright gift to Sacred Heart could mean significant savings. You obtain a tax deduction for the full market value of the gift, and you may avoid a tax on the increase in value.

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Legacy Campaign - Annual Giving

As Sacred Heart Catholic School looks toward its 118th year of educating students, it is imperative that we strive to achieve financial stability for the next 100 years. Through the dedication and financial support of generations of teachers, parents, parishioners, and others in the Pine Belt Community, we have remained the best choice for a quality Christian Catholic education in the area. We want to continue this standard of excellence.

In 2017, Sacred Heart introduced the Legacy Campaign. This annual campaign will provide financial support for specific programs and/or the school’s general operating budget. The Legacy Campaign will begin with the new fiscal year in July of each year. Elementary and high school students will benefit immediately from your participation. Gifts of $2,500 or more will be offered a naming opportunity. In 2018, Sacred Heart became one of three schools in the Diocese of Biloxi to be eligible to receive up to $500,000 in matching funds from an anonymous donor. These funds will be strictly used to retire debt. Sacred Heart has a five-year period to make the match, beginning August 1, 2018 and ending July 21, 2023. If the match occurs before the five years expires, all funds will be released. As a result of this opportunity, Sacred Heart is launching the "Crusader Challenge" as a part of our Legacy Campaign this year. This is a unique opportunity for us to retire a large amount of debt in a limited time period and enable us to focus on educating our students.

Leaders $1,000+

  • Recognition on The Legacy Wall/Leaders
  • Recognition in the Newsletter/Web Site
  • Auto Decal

Innovators $5,000+

  • Recognition on The Legacy Wall/Innovators
  • Recognition in the Newsletter/Web Site
  • Auto Decal

Visionaries $10,000+

  • Recognition on The Legacy Wall/Visionaries
  • Recognition in the Newsletter/Web Site
  • Auto Decal

The 1900 Society $25,000+

  • Recognition on The Legacy Wall/ The 1900 Society
  • Recognition in the Newsletter/Web Site
  • Auto Decal

Founders Circle $100,000+

  • Recognition on The Legacy Wall/Founders Circle
  • Recognition in the Newsletter/Web Site
  • Auto Decal

Partners for Education - Corporate Sponsorships

  • $100/year for 5 years
  • $500/year for 5 years
  • $1,000/year for 5 years

Recognition on the Legacy Wall/Corporate Sponsor, in the Newsletter/Web site and decal for business.

Tribute Giving

A Tribute Gift is a unique way to mark a special occasion or to honor or remember a person who has touched your life in some way. At the same time, your gift contributes to the betterment of our students and the society that they will eventually lead.

For gifts in Honor or Memory, an acknowledgment card will be sent to the Honoree. Gifts will be listed in the newsletter/website. Examples are listed below:

  • A celebration of student accomplishments
  • Recognition of exceptional teachers and staff
  • In Honor of:
  • A celebration of the Retirement of:
  • A celebration of a special occasion
  • In Memory of:
  • Birthdays
  • Milestones
  • Etc.

Giving Clubs

Spirit Club $100+ ($10.00 x 10)

$10/month for 10 months (August-May)

  • Spirit Wall in the entry hallway
  • Recognition in the newsletter
  • Auto Decal

Blue & White Club $120+ ($10.00 x 12)

$10/month for 12 months (January-December)

  • Spirit Wall in the entry hallway
  • Recognition in the newsletter
  • Auto Decal

Major Gifts & Naming Opportunities

Naming Opportunities for Classroom Doors: Opening Doors to Learning.

$2,500.00 Donation

Sample Dedication: This doorway to the future was provided by a generous gift from: The Smith Family

Naming Opportunities for Individual Rooms:

Sample Dedication: The Development Office is sponsored by a generous gift from: The Smith Family

  • Development Office  $4,000.00  
  • Music Room     $5,000.00
  • Art Room    $5,000.00
  • Computer Lab   SOLD
  • Cafeteria    $10,000.00
  • Classroom Wing   $10,000.00
  • Adoration Chapel   SOLD
  • Athletic Office   $4,000.00
  • AD Office    $4,000.00
  • Alumni Office   $3,000.00
  • Alumni Archives   $3,000.00
  • Spirit Shop    $6,000.00
  • Office Waiting Room  SOLD
  • Administrative Hallway  $4,000.00
  • Locker Room    $3,000.00
  • Percussion Room   $5,000.00
  • Volunteer Office   $4,000.00
  • Elementary Principal’s Office $4,000.00
  • Elementary Campus  TBA
  • High School Campus  TBA

More naming opportunities will be added as specific areas are identified. 

Thank you to our donors whose support enables us to change lives through education!