Annual Fund

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Each year, Ursuline Academy conducts an Annual Fund Campaign to raise funds necessary to maintain and enhance the excellent education provided to our students. A successful Annual Fund Campaign depends on participation from every school community member – parents, faculty, staff, alumnae, grandparents, trustees, friends, foundations, and corporations.

Our Annual Fund Campaign begins each year on July 1st and ends on June 30th. You can help us reach this year’s goal of $625,000 by making your gift today. Please make the Annual Fund your priority in giving this year and every year. Your contribution, in any amount, will make a significant difference to the students and faculty at Ursuline Academy. Thank you for your support!

Annual Fund Giving Levels

July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

Giving Level
Ursuline Sisters Circle
Legacy Circle
$15,000 - $24,999
Founders’ Circle
$10,000 - $14,999
Trustees’ Circle
$5,000 - $9,999
Brescia Circle
$2,500 - $4,999
1893 Society
$1,893 - $2,499
President’s Circle
$1,000 - $1,892
Merici Circle
$500 - $999
Serviam Circle
$100 – $499
Red & White Club
Up to $99

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Annual Fund?

The Annual Fund is Ursuline’s annual campaign that raises unrestricted gifts for the Academy. Unrestricted money is used to benefit all areas of the school, including our physical campus, faculty and staff retention, technological improvements, tuition assistance, athletics, Serviam programming, and many other school initiatives. Annual Fund gifts go to work immediately, ensuring our faculty and staff are equipped to empower students for leadership and service in our global society.

Why does annual giving matter?

All non-profits, including Ursuline, need money to operate. The Annual Fund supports our operating budget, as tuition alone does not fully cover the cost of an Ursuline education. A gift to the Annual Fund makes it possible for Ursuline to continue running its operations and say “YES!” to other special projects.

Where will my gift be used?

When you give a “Area of Greatest Need” annual fund gift, you are giving Ursuline the flexibility to meet its highest priority: maintaining and enhancing the excellent education provided to our students. If you so choose, you may also direct your unrestricted gift to support an area meaningful to you such as:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Faculty Enrichment
  • Athletics
  • Serviam & Spirituality Programs
  • Visual & Performing Arts

How much should I give?

A successful Annual Fund Campaign depends on participation from every member of our school community – parents, faculty, staff, alumnae, grandparents, trustees, friends, foundations, and corporations. All gifts, no matter the size, are valued and an investment in our students’ success. You determine the designation of your gift according to your charitable interests and the size of your gift at a level that is meaningful to you. Did you know that your gift can be doubled or tripled if you are employed by a company with a matching gift program?

How do I make a gift?
  1. Make your gift securely online: 
  2. Call Erin Solda, Ursuline Academy Annual Fund Manager 302-384-9505
  3. Mail a check to Ursuline Academy 1106 Pennsylvania Ave Wilmington, DE 19806 
  4. Transfer stock directly to Ursuline Academy for a greater impact and increased tax benefits. Visit for transfer account information. 

Did you know? If you are over 72 years of age you can make a qualified charitable donation to satisfy your required minimum distribution from your retirement accounts. Consult your financial advisor or contact the UA advancement office for assistance. 

Are there other ways to support Ursuline?

Yes! Many employers will often match the amount you have given to Ursuilne through contributions, leading to two (or sometimes three!) times as much money being donated to the school. To learn more about Employer Matching and to see if your employer participates, view the information below.

Are you interested in growing your gifts to Ursuline Academy – doubling, perhaps even tripling them? Corporate matching gift programs offer an easy way to do this. Many companies will match their employees’ gifts. This annual program involves no cost for employees, and Ursuline can benefit!

Arranging for a matching gift is easy:

  • Obtain a copy of your matching gift form from your company’s Human Resource Department and send it with your gift to the Ursuline Academy Advancement Office. Some companies are using electronic forms. They can be emailed to Aileen Maguire.
  • Ursuline will verify your gift and return the matching gift form directly to your company’s designated matching partner.
  • Ursuline will then receive a check from your employer matching your gift.
  • Already giving? Most matching companies will honor gifts given within the current calendar year. Simply send or bring your matching gift form to the Advancement Office, and we’ll take care of it from there!

We gratefully acknowledge the following corporations that have supported our mission by matching the gifts of their employees to Ursuline Academy:

  • American Express Charitable Fund
  • Bank of America
  • Boeing
  • Cisco Foundation
  • Corning Incorporated Foundation
  • Eli Lilly & Co. Foundation, Inc.
  • GlaxoSmith Kline Foundation
  • Glenmede Trust Company
  • H.J. Heinz Company Foundation
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • IBM Corporation
  • ING Direct
  • JP Morgan Chase Foundation
  • Merck Company Foundation
  • Momentum Textiles, Inc.
  • Nuclear Electric Insurance Limited
  • PBG Foundation
  • Prudential Matching Gifts Program
  • Schwab Charitable Fund
  • United Parcel Service
  • Vanguard Group Foundation Inc.
  • Verizon Foundation
  • Visa Inc.
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Wachovia Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Wells Fargo
  • WSFS Bank
Where can I find Ursuline's tax information?

Ursuline Academy of Wilmington, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Tax ID Number is: 51-0167117.  If you have questions regarding your annual fund gift, please contact Erin Solda at or via phone 302.384.9505.