A message from Dan Carmody, President, Cathedral High School

Dan Carmody

Cathedral's rich and vibrant history is one that speaks to the school's abiding dedication and devotion to serve nearly a century of immigrants, first and second generation American and inner city youth.

For almost over 100 years, the incredible generosity of Cathedral donors has made our education - our mission possible for thousands of families who would have otherwise not had access to a strong, Catholic education. I am delighted to share with you information about the Sister Mary Black Legacy Society to benefit Cathedral High School and the Adopt-A-Student Foundation.

Your consideration of an estate gift and your generosity through the Sister Mary Black Legacy Society will impact generations of Cathedral scholars today and always. My deepest gratitude for your consideration.

God Bless,
Dan Carmody President

Reach Your Philanthropic and Financial Goals with Planned Giving

A legacy gift enables you to support Cathedral High School, and can provide you with tax benefits. Legacy gifts of all sizes combine to help us meet our current goals and ensure AASF's donors stay open for generations to come.

By including The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF in your will or trust, naming The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF as a beneficiary of your IRA or life insurance policy, or taking advantage of many other giving opportunities, you can preserve your assets now and support AASF for years to come. Your gift will have a real, and lasting impact.

Let us help you make the gift that's right for you. Request a confidential, no-obligation conversation to get started.

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Cathedral Now, Cathedral Forever

The Adopt-A-Student Foundation is the charitable foundation for the exclusive benefit of Cathedral High School.

Gifts to the Adopt-A-Student Foundation (AASF) Cathedral Now, Cathedral Forever Campaign will be utilized for student financial aid, investing in teachers, capital improvements and the long-term general support of Cathedral High School.

In 1990, John Remondi '54 Jim Curvey, and John Drew founded The Adopt-A-Student Foundation, a Massachusetts charitable trust to support the mission of Cathedral High School through scholarships, educational programs, teacher professional development, and capital improvements. For the past 30 years, the foundation has grown significantly in the number of scholarships provided to students, due to the dedication and support of truly generous donors.

Sister Mary Black Legacy Society

Join The Sister Mary Black Legacy Society

Sister Mary Black, CSJ has done so much for Cathedral High School for over 60 years. From her early days as a teacher and mentor to our students, to her tireless and legendary work as development director and today, through her volunteer work on behalf of The Adopt-A-Student Foundation annual Gala dinner, Sister Mary has set an example of selflessness, perseverance, and determination for the entire Cathedral High School family.

When you make a gift to The Adopt-A-Student Foundation from your will or trust, you'll be welcomed into Sister Mary Black Legacy Society and join other supporters and friends of our important mission.

The Sister Mary Black Legacy Society recognizes those who have made a commitment to Cathedral High School through a planned gift. The first one hundred members will be recognized as Founding Members of the Sister Mary Black Legacy Society. To become a member, simply inform the Office of Advancement of your planned gift by calling (617) 542-2325 x102 or filling out the form below.

Sister Mary Black Legacy Society Members

James P. Allen, III, D

Margaret Chisholm

Paul Chisholm

Gertrude “Trudi” Brown Clark ’66

Janet Richards Daley ’55

Michael Daley ’54

Carolyn Hollis

Michael Hollis

Mary C. Keith, D

Mary Laspada, ’47, D

Dorothea Anne Mercier D

Ernest Nedder ’59

Pat O’Neill

Robert O’Neill

Linda Ramrath

Rob Ramrath

Mr. James P. Scanlon ’54, D


D - Deceased

Planned Giving

How will you leave a legacy?

Learn how leaving a legacy with Cathedral High School can help support the causes you care about, while continuing to meet your current financial needs.

How to Give

Not only do you have options for how your gift to The Adopt-A-Student Foundation will be used, you also have options on what to give and how to give. There are gifts that cost you nothing now, gifts that pay you income throughout your lifetime, and gifts that allow you to decide what happens when.

Gifts from your will

Through a provision in your written and executed will, you can make a gift in the form of cash, securities, real estate or personal property. There are many types of bequests. Choose the one that best fits your needs and intentions.

Beneficiary Designation and Grants

Designate The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF as a beneficiary to receive all or a portion of the balance of your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) through your fund administrator. You also can make a grant to us at any time from your donor-advised fund.

Retirement Accounts

Naming The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF as the beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan asset such as a 401(k), 403(b), IRA, Keogh, profit-sharing pension plan or other donor-advised funds, will accomplish a charitable goal while realizing significant tax savings.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distribution

If you're 70 ½ or older, you can make a gift of up to $100,000 per year directly from your IRA to The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF. While there is no charitable deduction for a rollover gift, you avoid the income tax on the donated portion of your required minimum distribution, and you can avoid eventual estate taxes too.

Beneficiary Designation and Paid-Up Policies

Name The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF as the beneficiary of an existing life insurance policy; donate a paid-up life insurance policy you no longer need; or purchase a new life insurance policy and name The Adopt-A-Student Foundation or AASF as the owner and beneficiary.

Gifts of Real Estate

Using real estate to make a gift allows you to turn an illiquid, highly appreciated asset into support for students, claim a charitable income tax deduction, and save capital gains taxes. Donors can contribute vacation homes, undeveloped land, commercial real estate, personal residences, and condominiums.

Appreciated Stock

When you donate appreciated stocks, bonds, or mutual fund shares instead of cash, you'll receive a charitable deduction for the fair market value of the securities, reduce your income taxes, and eliminate capital gains taxes on any appreciation of the assets.

Other Planned Giving Vehicles

There are many ways to support The Adopt-A-Student Foundation and Cathedral High School through various planned giving vehicles. Charitable Gift Annuities, Charitable Trusts and more may be good options for you. We can show you creative ways to use your assets to benefit Cathedral High School, while at the same time preserving the benefits of those assets for you during your lifetime.

Meet Our Donors

Donors just like you have made a real impact just by adding a few words to their will or using one of the many giving options available.

Let's get in touch

Dan Carmody
  • Dan Carmody



    (617) 542-2325 x102

    74 Union Park St.

    Boston, MA 02118

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