The Killgoar Foundation was established in 1987 and was named for the founding pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish – Father Charles Killgoar.  The Killgoar Foundation exists to support Catholic education at IHM school.  It is the goal of the Foundation to ensure quality Catholic education is available to all parish children. By providing direct tuition assistance and helping teachers continue their professional development, the Foundation helps keep tuition costs affordable for all families.

The future of Catholic education in the United States rests heavily on endowment funding. The Foundation fund balance is structured, generally, to allow for the principle to remain intact to allow for continued impact long into the future. The Killgoar Foundation has provided IHM School with more than $2.8 million since 1999.  In the 2021 school year, 78 students, more than 25% of the students attending IHM, have received tuition assistance from the foundation. This year the foundation fund donated $225,000 to IHM school.  The recipients of tuition assistance sign a contract and are expected to be a member of the IHM parish, tithe, go to church regularly, and be active members including involvement in a church ministry. The Foundation is completely autonomous from the Diocese & Parish, it operates as its own separate non-profit organization.

Ways in which to give to the Killgoar Foundation

  • Blue Killgoar envelopes in the offertory basket at Mass
  • Annual gifts
  • Donate stocks and securities (with considerable tax advantages)
  • Set up scholarships or memorials for loved ones (Legacy gifts)
  • Funeral donations
  • Include the Killgoar Foundation in your will or trust
  • Employee matched gifts – many companies have funds to match employees’ donations
  • Designate the Killgoar in your United Way drive – Code #1991

Take a minute and look at the Killgoar Foundation on the IHM website (ihmparish.com click on Killgoar Foundation in the upper right-hand corner) and consider giving a single gift or weekly gifts automatically through electronic fund transfer (EFT).  Any and every gift will make a difference in IHM’s ability to serve future students.

Thank you all for your support of the Killgoar Foundation!  You continue IHM’s wonderful legacy of excellence in Christ-based, rigorous academic education. At IHM School they don’t just learn about their faith.  They live it daily – in the classroom, at Mass and during reception of the sacraments, in the Adoration Chapel, on the playground, in athletic and extracurricular activities and through service projects.  You have given our students an immeasurable gift!

Please contact your Killgoar Development Directors – Mark or Maureen Norton at 616 322-8448 or monorton2247@gmail.com to discuss how you can make a difference at the best grade school in the area.