A New Year’s Message From Vivian Shannon

January 6, 2023

Dear Friends of Fulcrum, 

Happy New Year! We hope this letter finds you and your families in good health and happiness after the holiday season! 

I’d like to take just a moment to reflect on last year—and what an incredible year it was! Fulcrum celebrated its 20th anniversary. That’s 20 years of supporting Catholic education, 20 years of helping the students and families who need us most. Since 2002, Fulcrum has disbursed over $72.3 million in aid.  

$72.3 million. That’s 28,000 tuition assistance grants, 485 grants for schools totaling more than $13.9 million, and leadership grants for 298 educators! 

Our totals for 2022 were just as amazing! Together, the Fulcrum community raised $2.9 million at the 20th anniversary Celebration of Light and we announced a whopping $87 million for the close of the seven-year Uplift capital campaign! Wow! 

None of this would have been possible without your support. Catholic education changes lives and you are the ones who have made this happen. My heart overflows with gratitude for each and every one of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 

But we know the work isn’t done. As we head into 2023, Fulcrum has a growth mindset. We are eager to steer the foundation into the next 20 years and continue our important work for the students and families who rely on us. 

Everyone at Fulcrum is so excited for the upcoming Celebration of Light on January 27! It will be wonderful to be celebrating together back home at the Sheraton Grand. We know that two Celebration of Light galas in less than a year is a big ask. Thank you for opening your hearts to us and our mission. The funds we raise at the Celebration of Light support Fulcrum’s critical programs and make it possible for our vibrant Catholic schools to continue serving thousands of students each year. 

I’d like to close with an idea that has guided the foundation as we look at the bright future awaiting Fulcrum: 

Everyone should be able to receive a Catholic school education. Not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. 

Thank you for living this message day in and day out. Your humbling generosity is an inspiration to us all. 

God Bless, 

Vivian K. Shannon