Mission Moment: St. Joseph School, Vancouver

January 31, 2019

Every year, Fulcrum awards grants to schools in the Archdiocese of Seattle through the School Partnership Grant Program, an initiative that funds immediate school needs and long-term strategic goals. This year, we granted $856,000 to 35 schools across western Washington, with grants averaging $24,457.

“When I received the news today and heard that our grant request had been approved, 2019 looked brighter than I imagined it could be,” says Mary Ellen LaRose, Principal at St. Joseph School in Vancouver. “Thanks to the generosity of the Fulcrum Foundation, our dream of being able to offer an amazing Pre-K education to more students will become a reality. Early childhood education is our passion. Our school is doing well, and we believe it is through our early childhood education that we will take our school to the next level. Because of this grant, we are now able to provide another full day program for our four year olds. We are beyond thrilled and grateful!”

“We are, once again, so blessed by the generosity of the Fulcrum Foundation and others,” says Katie Dempsey of Holy Rosary Bilingual Academy in Tacoma. “You are fundamental to our ability to reach out to all families who desire a Catholic education for their children. We are working hard to accomplish our mission, and thank you for being a partner.”

In addition to support from our many donors and investment income from endowments, funding for the grants is made possible through contributions from the Norcliffe Foundation, the Frost and Margaret Snyder Foundation, and the newly established Fulcrum Early Childhood Education Fund at the Seattle Foundation.