Ways to Give


Year-end charitable giving can have a positive impact on your tax situation, your overall estate plan, and ultimately our community by supporting students at Joliet Catholic Academy. If you are considering a gift to support our current Angels and Hilltoppers, here are some tips from the JCA Development office:

  1. Support JCA’s Annual Appeal

The Annual Appeal is the foundation of fundraising to maintain academic achievement within our school.  The school community of parents, alumni, faculty/staff, and friends contribute financially to help bridge the gap between the cost to educate a student and the cost of tuition.  JCA’s tuition covers only 86% of the actual cost of educating a student.  As a faith-based school our mission is to limit tuition increases for all families. Donors can designate to specific funds such as tuition assistance, the school’s greatest need, or their specific interest. Make sure checks are dated and postmarked no later than December 31, 2023. JCA also offers the Annual Appeal via an easy to navigate and secure online giving website:https://www.jca-online.org/annual-appeal/

  1. Invest in a JCA Student through Illinois’ Tax Credit Scholarship Program: Donate before December 31, 2023 for your contributions to count towards the 2023 tax year

At Joliet Catholic Academy, we believe like you do, that ALL kids should have access to their best-fit school, regardless of family income or zip code. The Invest in Kids Act Scholarship Program is the exact policy and program that can expand quality educational options for K-12 students in Will County. We need your support now – your voices, your stories, and your investment in current JCA students, so that future generations of Angels and Hilltoppers can continue to make an impact in Will County and all over the globe.

Currently, 27 students at JCA are receiving Invest in Kids Act scholarships through Empower Illinois, our Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO). An additional 108 students are eligible to receive scholarships, totaling over $1.53 million for the 2022-2023 school year. Already this year, nearly $5 million has been raised for Diocese of Joliet students through the Invest in Kids Act.

  1. Planned Giving – JCA’s Legacy Circle; Giving from Assets, not Income

The vast majority of wealth for most people is in their asset base – homes, retirement accounts, non-retirement securities portfolios, life insurance, etc. – as opposed to their income stream. Giving from one’s non-cash asset base generally has much greater tax advantages than donating cash. The simplest way to donate from your asset base is through a bequest in your will or trust. Gifting long-term appreciated stock is a great, tax-efficient way to give today. There are even ways to create an income stream for life, receive a tax break today, and make a major gift to Joliet Catholic Academy.

Bequests, charitable trusts, life insurance, retirement assets, and the like – can play an enormous role in establishing or growing scholarship funds and/or JCA’s endowment. For many benefactors it is easier to leave $10,000 or $25,000 or $100,000 in a bequest gift than to make an outright gift, for example. Planned gifts can significantly boost the principal amount of scholarship funds over time.

Documented planned gift intentions to JCA are recognized by the benefactor’s inclusion in JCA’s Legacy Circle, which includes over 50 alumni and friends who have left a piece of their legacy to JCA.

I ask you to join JCA as a donor. Ensure that this legacy of excellence in education provided by the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in our community since 1869, the Carmelites since 1933, and together as Joliet Catholic Academy since 1990 continues on. This is a BIG, BOLD MISSION rooted in a simple belief that every child should have access to high quality educational options.

Please contact the JCA Office of Institutional Advancement at rquigley@jca-online.org or (815) 741-0563 for more information about the benefits of supporting JCA.

Continued Blessings,

Ryan Quigley ‘03
Director of Institutional Advancement

Every gift made to Joliet Catholic Academy is deeply appreciated and will make a difference in the life of a student.  Your generosity and stewardship allow our students the opportunity to realize their dreams and we cannot do it without the support of our donors.  In order to contribute to Joliet Catholic Academy in a way which will fit your personal budget, we invite you to consider the following options:

Give Online

Click here for the most convenient and expeditious process for making an online gift.  You can make a one-time donation or sign up for a monthly, quarterly, twice yearly, or yearly recurring gift.

Cash Gifts

A gift of cash (or check) is the simplest and most immediate way to give to Joliet Catholic Academy.  Gifts should be made payable to Joliet Catholic Academy and mailed to:

Joliet Catholic Academy

Development Coordinator
1200 N. Larkin Avenue
Joliet, IL  60435

Matching Gifts

Matching gifts are an easy way to double or even triple your donation to Joliet Catholic Academy. Simply obtain a matching gift form from your employer, fill it out, and provide it to JCA with your contribution.

Memorial and Honorary Gifts

A gift in memory or honor of someone you love or admire can be a particularly meaningful way to contribute to Joliet Catholic Academy.

In-Kind Giving

In-kind gifts are professional services or goods made directly to Joliet Catholic Academy.  If these goods or services are ones that we would otherwise have to purchase, the gift may be recognized for tax purposes at the fair market value.  Click here for In-Kind Gift form.

Class Gifts

Class members can join together to support their alma mater through a class gift.  Recent reunion classes have donated excess monies back to the school in honor of a person or program dear to their hearts.

Planned Giving – Join the JCA Legacy Circle

Naming Joliet Catholic Academy as a beneficiary in your will ensures the formation of young people will continue well beyond your lifetime. Click Here to download the JCA Legacy Circle Planned Gift Declaration Form.  

Gifts of Securities

A gift of securities, stocks or bonds entitles the giver to an income tax deduction; a gift of appreciated securities may also reduce a capital gain tax liability to the donor.  In order to donate securities to the JCA account, please provide your broker with the following information:

Edward Jones
735 Essington Road, Suite 101
Joliet, IL 60435
DTC #0057
Account #5330776310

Real Property

Joliet Catholic Academy will receive gifts of real estate; including land, personal residences and commercial properties under certain circumstances.

Gifts of Life Insurance

Life insurance is a practical and affordable way for you to do more that you may have thought possible with tax benefits you can enjoy during your lifetime.

Gifts of Endowment

When you establish an endowment or contribute to an existing endowment, you are truly making a gift with a future.  Your endowment gifts guarantee that financial support will remain readily available for the future needs of Joliet Catholic Academy and its students.

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