Making A Difference

I am in the twilight of my career and I am even more hopeful today than I was when my vocation began.
— Suzy Wagness, 2nd Grade Teacher

Throughout our 80 year history, Duluth Catholic schools have relied on the loyalty and generosity of alumni, parents, friends, and members of our community to advance our educational mission.  

Financial support comes primarily through our host-parishes in their generous contributions and from broader support through other area parishes and donors in our community. Because of these generous contributions, Stella Maris Academy is able to maintain educational excellence while offering an affordable tuition rate to every student who attends SMA. Gifts to Stella Maris Academy directly support student scholarship and tuition assistance, academic programs, faculty development, athletics, fine arts, and other extracurricular activities.

We invite you to support our school this year and every year. Every gift is a blessing and makes an impact, no matter what the amount.

I am grateful for my faith, that I may believe in God; for my family, because they have done so much for me; for my friends, because they are kind; and for my school, because I am able to go to SMA.
— Gabby

How can I help support Catholic School education?

Give. Volunteer. Play a part.

GIVE. Please consider GIVING in the following ways:

  • Annual Fund: The Annual Fund is the primary way parents, alumni, grandparents, parishioners and friends make philanthropic gifts to Stella Maris Academy each year. It supports the mission of Stella Maris Academy by providing unrestricted funds for programming, tuition assistance, professional development and designated projects.

  • Charitable Bequests: Bequests are the most popular and easiest way to make a planned gift to any charitable organization. Simply stated, a bequest is a transfer via a will or a living trust-of cash, securities, or tangible property to an individual or a charity. Bequests can be made for a specific amount or for a percentage of your estate. Careful planning is essential, and we would be happy to talk over all the possibilities with you and your advisors.

  • Memorial Gifts: These gifts will stand as a tribute to a loved one, and at the same time advance our school's mission in a meaningful way. How you decide to honor this special person is up to you. Possibilities include immediate gifts of cash or stocks, bequests from wills or living trusts, and gifts from which you or family members keep lifetime benefits.

  • Matching Gifts: If you or your spouse are employees (or retirees) of a company that matches charitable donations, you can multiply the impact of your gift to Stella Maris Academy.

  • In-kind Gifts: Businesses and individuals can donate equipment, inventory, materials and services. Not only does your gift support Catholic education, but you may receive tax benefits as well.

  • Fundraiser Gifts: Please consider attending, underwriting or donating to one of our annual fundraisers.

VOLUNTEER. We cordially invite you to VOLUNTEER your time and talents. Volunteers are critical to ensure our success in the classrooms, on our campuses, or at our events. There is a role for everyone and it’s fun!

PLAY A PART. Be a guest or PLAY A PART at any event and encourage others to participate. Help spread the good news of SMA and encourage others to become involved.


Scrip is fundraising while you shop®. You buy gift cards from over 750 retailer brands you already shop at and

earn a rebate on every gift card you purchase at face value. That rebate goes right to SMA. This is a great

way to one-stop shop while supporting Stella Maris. We will only be offering electronic gift cards at this time.

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If using for any shopping , please select “Stella Maris Academy” as the charity of your choice and we will receive a donation of 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases. Learn more at

Who can I contact for more information?

Teresa Kenney in the Development Office

Thank You