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The Friends of Marist, an independent 501(c)(3) organization, is committed to helping Marist High School fulfill its mission: “To make Jesus known and loved through the Christian education of youth, especially those who need it most.” Located in Bayonne, NJ the school has served students from Hudson and Essex County for the past 62 years. However, the rising cost of a quality values-based, college preparatory education has led to a decrease in enrollment and an increase in the operating deficit that the high school cannot continue to withstand. Marist High School will close at the end of the 2016-17 School Year if they cannot close this gap.
The Friends of Marist Inc. plan to raise $1.5 million through the "Save Marist NJ" Campaign by April 24th to keep the Marist tradition alive. Watch the video below on why Marist is worth saving and why you should donate today.
*Reminder – Please make all checks out to:Friends of Marist Inc.1241 Kennedy BoulevardBayonne, NJ 07002
Refer to https://www.marist.org/about/friends-marist-inc/ to read their mission statement and see their officers. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Friends of Marist, Inc. is listed on Guidestar and can accept donations from corporations and individuals whose donations must go to an organization listed there. While Marist High School is a non-profit, it falls under the 501(c)(3) status of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. All donations to Friends of Marist, Inc. will go in their entirety to the SaveMaristNJ Campaign without incurring overhead costs.
Marist High School is owned and operated by the Marist Brothers of the Schools. Their Provincial Council serves as the Board of Trustees. They acknowledge that Marist High School is a very strong school with a vibrant culture, serving a uniquely diverse population with longstanding success. Over the last several years, the Board of Trustees has closely monitored the school’s declining enrollment, which has been adversely affected by the rise of Charter and Magnet schools, the closing of the many Catholic elementary feeder schools, the lack of access to public elementary schools, and the economic impact on the school’s families. The school has been enrolling only half the number of freshmen it did back in 2008. Fewer students results in less revenue, creating a deficit that has depleted the school’s reserves. The Marist Brothers are not in a financial position to assist Marist High School going forward.
Marist is a unique school, currently home to 306 students, some of whom you met in the video above. In addition to the students whose video you just viewed, here are a few other reasons why Marist is worth saving.
If Marist High School does not remain open, all donors to the campaign will receive a 100% refund.
See if the company you work for will match your donation. Our Employer Identification Number is 45-4077680. Also, start a “givalanche” by sharing your donation on social media.
If you cannot donate at this time, encourage others to do so by sharing our donation page www.marist.org/savemaristnj via email, text, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and all other social media platforms. Let’s keep the Marist tradition alive by going viral!!
Marist offers deep tuition discounts in the form of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Over $650,000 or 20% of our revenue, supports those who need it most. This is the Marist way. In the past few years, the dwindling enrollment has created an annual deficit. The campaign goal is set to keep the school financially solvent for years to come.
The current Administration of Marist High School has indentified key areas that affect the enrollment and is in the process of implementing a plan that will keep the Marist tradition alive.
Friends of Marist is a 501(c)(3) so your donation to this campaign is deductible as permitted by the IRS.
First of all, our priority is our students. School will continue, “business as usual”, developing our students in mind, body, and spirit, monitoring their progress, completing their college applications, celebrating their accomplishments. Secondly, we are piloting a Community Education Program through which our teachers will provide evening and/or Saturday instruction to members of the community. Classes will include Phlebotomy Certification, EKG Certification, CDL Permit Instruction, Adult Basketball Leagues, and more. Unlike this campaign, this Community Program will be a recurring source of income for the future.