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St. Mary’s Academy has been educating young women in Los Angeles since 1889. For over 100 years, our school has provided a high quality, Catholic education thanks to the ongoing and generous financial support of alumnae, friends, foundations and corporations who have chosen to invest in the school’s mission, established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, of  assisting our students  to become "all of which women are capable.”

Like other private high schools, St. Mary’s Academy is a 501(c)3 non-profit. Each year, our generous supporters help us off-set the difference between collected tuition and the trust cost of educating each student. Currently, 96% of our students receive tuition assistance in the form of scholarships and financial aid. Monetary support is provided to students via scholarship and financial aid based on both merit and a family’s financial need. We are grateful for your ongoing support of SMA.


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Gifts of Cash

Gifts or pledges of cash or checks may be made directly to the school at any time. Cash gifts can be made online as one-time or recurring gifts, or mailed directly to the school.

Attention: Development Office

St. Mary's Academy

701 Grace Avenue

Inglewood, CA 90301



Matching Gifts
Many companies may, double or even triple gifts made to non-profit organizations. If your employer has a matching gifts program, you can maximize the value of your contribution by following the company’s process for identifying St. Mary’s Academy as your recipient.

Stocks/Securities or Real Property

Gifts of stock or real property may result in a significant tax benefit for donors, while directly supporting St. Mary’s Academy.


Gifts of Life Insurance

To receive a deduction for donating a life insurance policy that you may no longer need, it is necessary to designate St. Mary’s Academy as both the owner and beneficiary of the policy. The school can also be named as a beneficiary of a company pension, an IRA, Keogh, or tax-sheltered annuity.



A bequest is usually the simplest kind of planned gift. Estate taxes may be reduced by identifying St. Mary’s Academy in your will. It is important to identify the full corporate name of the institution: St. Mary’s Academy of Los Angeles. If circumstances change, the bequest can be altered by the donor.


Memorial Gifts

Often gifts, especially for student scholarships, are given to honor the memory of a parent, an alumna, or a friend. We would be pleased to discuss ways of giving that may appeal to you to honor your loved one.



An endowment is a permanent fund that is restricted and of which the principal is preserved. Contributions to St. Mary's Endowment Fund are invested and a determined percent of the portfolio is used for purposes restricted by the endowment fund. Thus, the endowment becomes a gift that lives forever and helps the school maintain affordability by providing revenue to subsidize the operating budget.


Please contact our Development Director, Danese Bardot at 310.674.8470 ext. 209

or for further information.