Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education

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

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


A Note about the Foundation’s (FCSE) administrative costs…

One hundred percent of the Foundation’s administrative costs are paid through the generosity and foresight of separate, private funding via the Audrey, Dennison and Marguerite Mohler Funds.  In other words, every dollar donated to the Foundation goes directly into funding scholarships and other special projects for our Catholic high schools.  No donated monies are used to cover operational expenses.


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 2012 through 2019 the Foundation donated $2,457,808 in tuition assistance to Catholic Central and West Catholic students. Forty-six percent (46%) of all students attending Catholic Central or West Catholic are receiving some form of tuition assistance.

   2012           2013           2014       __  2015           2016    __ _   2017____       2018______2019___

   $266,935    $237,514    $317,177    $290,474    $319,227    $328,046    $336,888       $361,547


Contributions to the Foundation

From 2012 through June 30, 2019 the Foundation raised $3,735,151 in donations.

_   2012           2013           2014           2015            2016        __ 2017 __     _  2018_          2019__

      $303,695    $326,726     $371,258     $374,709     $275,869    $304,982    $517,840    $1,260,072   


 Federal ID # 38-2175690 



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.

Audited Financial Statements and Form 990:

  • 6-30-18 and 17 FCSE Financial Statements
  • 6-30-17 and 16 FCSE Financial Statements
  • 6-30-18 FCSE Form 990
  • 6-30-17 FCSE Form 990

Mark Scott, President, FCSE Board of  Directors




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