"Our country needs Cristo Rey schools now, and we need you. Stand with us for access to opportunity and a more inclusive, equitable society."

Help us continue our progress toward developing a talented, diverse workforce and achieving a college graduation rate equal to that of economically advantaged youth, as we expand to 50 Catholic, Cristo Rey schools serving 20,000 students annually.

Strategic Priorities

Invest in our national priorities, objectives, and measures of success. Your gift will:

    • support the design and implementation of high-impact programming that responds to the changing needs of our schools
    • fund competitive school grants to strengthen efforts tailored to local contexts, and
    • scale proven practices that have demonstrated successful outcomes for our students.
ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE: Increase academic achievement

and college readiness of all students

Annually match national composite growth rate on SAT

CORPORATE WORK STUDY: Strengthen schools’ financial sustainability and ensure student workers’ career readiness skills

Increase % of students in paid jobs and Corporate Partner Retention

COLLEGE INITIATIVES: Bolster college-going cultures and postsecondary resources to increase college match, access, persistence, and completion

Increase college completion at four-year institutions from 31% to 58%

GROWTH: Provide educational access to more students by expanding enrollment at established schools and opening new schools

Achieve 50 schools serving 20,000 students annually

NATIONAL BRAND AND MISSION ACCOUNTABILITY: Elevate national Cristo Rey brand and sustain mission effectiveness process and national office operations

Increase national visibility and outcomes of school Mission Effectiveness Reviews

ENDOWMENT: Secure long-term financial sustainability of Network’s national office by expanding the John P. Foley, SJ Legacy Fund

Earned income annually supports the Cristo Rey Network mission

Funding Priorities

"To be where I am today would not have been possible without Cristo Rey. As a first-generation college student, it wasn’t easy, let alone as a student in professional school. Cristo Rey was always there to remind me that if I was able to make it this far, I still had it in me to make it farther.”

- Dana Fernandez,
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School - Twin Cities '02,
Doctor of Occupational Therapy, Creighton University '19

Join our Champion Investors, today!

We are grateful to our Champion Investors who have made investments of $25,000+ for our campaign programming, designed and delivered from 2019-2023.

The Howley Foundation
Darren and Terry Jackson


BJ and Bebe Cassin
Paul† and Patricia Purcell
Wilson Sheehan Foundation

Lawrence P. Castellani Family Foundation
Joseph and Cheryl Della Rosa
John and Charlene O’Shea
Sandor Foundation
Ventana Charitable Foundation

Emil and Maureen Brolick
Jim, Vicki, Chris, Carrie, and Sophia Click
The Drexel Fund
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Janet and Tom O’Connor
McNamara Purcell Foundation
The Sheridan Family
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
Sue and Dan White
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Wintrust Financial Corporation
Martha and Gerard Wyrsch

Kevin and Thayer Baine
Baird Foundation
Caster Family Trust
The Chase and Stephanie Coleman Foundation
Bill McIntosh
Jim and Sharon O’Sullivan
Perry Family Charitable Foundation
Qualcomm: In Honor of Tom Horton
William and Mary Ross Foundation
Cristo Rey Network University Partners:
College of Saint Benedict
Dominican University
Georgetown University
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Saint John’s University
Saint Mary’s College
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Santa Clara University
University of Notre Dame
Villanova University

Jane E. Genster and John J. Buckley, Jr.
Healey Family Foundation
Tom and Janet Horton
Joseph Rauenhorst Family Foundation

Aravt Global: In Honor of Nick Howley
CKC Foundation
John and Rosemary Croghan
Patrick Foley
GHR Foundation
Elizabeth and Dennis Goettl
Dennis Langley
Microsoft Community Foundation
William G. McGowan Charitable Fund
Richard and Dolores Shantz
Roger and Susan Stone Family Foundation
The Tides Foundation: Project Redwood

The Cristo Rey Network is eliminating systemic barriers for our young people and making real change within reach. Invest in Putting Education to Work to help propel our movement now and into the future.


To learn more, contact Brenda Morris, Senior Director of Advancement, at bmorris@cristoreynetwork.org or 312-784-7208.

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