Cate Fund

Cate Fund

Please view this remarkable video by Trevor Wallace ‘09 and scroll to the Alumni Giving section to learn more about March Magic and the 2018 Thomas Fire Challenge

The Cate Fund is our School’s annual giving program – and it is a vital part of Cate’s annual operating budget. Cate School is a non-profit organization. Therefore, apart from tuition, our key sources of revenue are generated by additional support through endowment income and the Cate Fund. Each year, loyal alumni, parents, and friends include Cate in their philanthropy, providing approximately 10% of the School’s operating budget.

In 2018-19, Cate raised more dollars for the school than ever before, bringing in $2,383,000 in support of operations, financial aid, and faculty salaries.

From leadership to participation gifts, and everything in between, we are grateful for all gestures of support to the School.

The Cate Fund runs from July 1 to June 30. Our overall fundraising goal for the 2019-20 Cate Fund is to raise $2,550,000. If you have questions, are interested in becoming a Cate Fund volunteer, or would like to make a donation, please contact Katie Convoy.

Cate graduates are among the most loyal alumni in the country, and show their support in many ways: attending events, advocating for the Admissions Office when speaking with prospective families, connecting with fellow classmates through professional networking, and, of course, giving back.

Our alumni are consistently dedicated to giving back to the School – in time, talent, and dollars. Last year, in fact, 44% of alumni made a gift to Cate, over 750 alumni increased their donations to the Cate Fund and 79% of graduates of the last decade (GOLD) made a donation. These young alumni show their love for the School every year during March Magic. A friendly rivalry with Thacher, the month-long competition allows our recent graduates to contribute to the Cate Fund in a fun and meaningful way.

This 2019-20 school year, we hope to keep that momentum going and reach 46% alumni participation by securing 1,600 donations to the Cate Fund from alumni. We cannot do it without you!

Cate Parents are some of the most generous in the nation! Every year, parents watch their children thrive in Cate’s welcoming and supportive environment. Students grow more enthusiastic, worldly, athletic, vibrant, respectful, creative, and mature than when they left home. With the knowledge that tuition covers only about 70% of the cost of a Cate education – a disparity of more than $24,000 per student – many wish to “close the gap” for their children and others through gifts to the School.

In 2018-19, a record breaking 96% of Cate parents of freshmen, sophomores, and juniors contributed more than $1,150,000 to the Cate Fund (in donations ranging from $20 to $50,000). The high level of support and participation that the School receives from current parents is an essential component when Cate submits grant requests to foundations. Simply put, it all matters. And of course, none of this would be possible without our wonderful team of Parent Fund Volunteers who work so hard by reaching out to fellow parents each fall.

If you would like to make a gift or get involved as a parent fund volunteer, please contact Katie Convoy.

The Mesa Association Leadership Levels

Head of School’s Circle

Curtis W. Cate Society

Senior Masters’ Society

Servons Society

Cate Associates


Young Alumni Leadership Levels

Parsonage Club ’06-’19

Parsonage Club ’01-’05