Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education

 Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools, Grand Rapids, Michigan

The mission of the FCSE exists to promote and financially support the religious, charitable, and educational endeavors of Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools and its Diocese through responsible investing and distributing of resources according to the Gospel and the wishes of each donor.


History and Purpose

The Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education was founded in 1975 by a dedicated group of individuals and friends who foresaw the importance of private support to the schools’ futures.

The Foundation is an independent, not-for profit 501 (c) (3) corporation that operates for the advancement and development of philanthropic support to Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools.

The Foundation seeks gifts to support tuition reduction for families in need, support the professional development of faculty, and to enhance the academic curriculum and campus facilities through permanent endowment funds, planned and estate gifts, and annual giving.

The Foundation welcomes gifts of all sizes so that the joy of ultimate stewardship may be shared by everyone, whether donor means are modest or substantial.


Grants to Support GRCSS

From 2010 through 2015* the FCSE will have donated $1,524,420.00 in tuition assistance to Catholic Central and West Catholic students. Forty three percent (43%) of all students attending Catholic Central or West Catholic are receiving some form of tuition assistance.

     2010                2011              2012               2013              2014               2015*   

  $194,096       $212,698       $266,935       $237,514       $317,177       $296,000

*The 2015 figure of $296,000 is estimated at 90% of actual income. We will have an accurate figure after the June 30, 2015 statements of accounts are received from the Catholic Foundation of West Michigan.


Contributions to the FCSE

From 2010 through June 30, 2015* the FCSE will raise $1,549,208.00 in donations.

     2010                2011              2012               2013              2014               2015   

  $76,129        $171,400      $303,695       $326,726       $371,258       $300,000*

*Total income for fiscal year 2014/2015 will be available at the end of our fiscal year which is June 30, 2015. The $300,000 figure is a conservative estimate.


The FCSE has a beneficial interest in the Audrey Mohler Fund and the Dennison and Marguerite Mohler Fund. The interest from these two funds covers the entire operational expenses of the FCSE; no donated monies are used to cover operational expenses. 100% of your donation is used to directly fund the endowed scholarships or the general endowment per the donor instructions.

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The Foundation fulfills its mission through:

  • Cost-effective fund-raising programs, in conjunction with Catholic Central and West Catholic Development Offices, that seek participation from a variety of constituents;
  • Prudent and responsible administration of the funds entrusted to it by its many constituents; and
  • Effective distribution of its resources to areas of priority within Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools.

Mark Scott, President, FCSE Board of  DirectorsRead a message from Mark Scott, president of the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education Board of Directors.

See a list of Foundation Board members here.

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Michael Wolfston Thumb Read a message on recognizing the impact of a planned gift from the executive director of the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education of Greater Grand Rapids, Michael R. Wolfston.





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