Endowment & Capital

Alumni, parents, and friends of Cate School who wish to give above and beyond their annual Cate Fund contribution are encouraged to consider a gift to the endowment or a capital project. These gifts are often paid over time and help sustain Cate well into the future. Each of Cate’s endowed funds provides income to maintain the School’s program in perpetuity. Capital gifts preserve and enhance the facilities and infrastructure of the Mesa. Such contributions are more than just a show of support; they are an investment in the School and all that it represents. 

If you have questions or would like to give in support of the endowment or a capital project, please contact Lindsay Newlove.

Gifts to Cate’s endowment are an investment in the long-term financial health of the School. The principal donation is invested and never spent. A portion of the annual investment return is devoted to funding needs of the School, serving both current and future generations of students and faculty. The bulk of Cate School’s endowment funds support faculty salaries and professional development, student financial aid, academic programming, and campus upkeep.

History of Cate’s Endowment

The first endowment fund at Cate School was established by Major Max C. Fleischmann in 1932.  Years later, in 1973, a dedicated group of alumni, parents, and friends honored Mr. Cate by establishing The Curtis W. Cate Fund.  Both of these, as well as more than 200 other endowed funds, help to maintain the quality of educational excellence on the Mesa.

 The Value of Endowment Giving

While gifts to our annual Cate Fund provide critical dollars for the School’s operating budget and are spent the year after they are received, gifts to endowment are a longer-term investment, similar to a permanent savings account. Thanks to the generosity of our benefactors and the careful investment and stewardship of their gifts, the Cate endowment currently provides nearly one-third of the School’s operating budget.

Gifts supporting capital projects benefit the physical plant at Cate School. Capital contributions help to preserve and enhance the facilities of the Mesa, improving the general infrastructure and elements that collectively make Cate ‘home’ for students and faculty alike. In recognition and appreciation for major gifts to capital projects, donors may be recognized with naming opportunities on campus.