Giving Back

Annual Fund

Each year we ask our St. Francis community to give generously. The Fund for St. Francis is the cornerstone of our annual giving and thanks to the generosity of our current parents, alumni, alumni parents, grandparents, and friends we raise $425,000 each year. This fund allows us to retain the best faculty, provide unique classroom experiences, and have the most diverse student body of any Independent School in the region.

Your gift can be directed to:

  • Greatest Need

  • Scholarship & Financial Aid

  • Faculty Support

  • Performing & Fine Arts

  • Athletics

*if any of the directed funds exceed their operating budget, the excess funds will be allocated to Greatest Need.

There are many options and ways to give, and your support will make a real and lasting impact in the lives of our students.

Online: You can choose to give online by clicking here and using Visa, Mastercard, Amex, or Discover. In doing this you can also become part of our SFS Sustainer program which will allow you to select automatic monthly payments and make your gift go further.

Checks: All checks should be made payable to St. Francis School and sent to the attention of the Development Department at 11000 US Hwy 42 Goshen, KY 40026.

Stocks: If you would like to make a gift of stock, please contact Kenisha Kelsey at 502-736-1008.

Capital Campaign

The Capital Campaign is a phased comprehensive campaign that includes both bricks and mortar facility improvements and scholarship endowment. By phasing the campaign, we can raise funds for a project, complete it, and move on to the next project. This approach fits the School’s needs, as we have multiple needs on both campuses, rather than one big $15 million building. Our campaign has four (4) bricks and mortar projects, three (e) of which are complete: the Goshen Gym, the expansion of the High School, and the Goshen Main Amp, Lobby & Theater. The final building project, the High School Wellness Center & Gym, will create on-campus athletic facilities to inspire our varsity athletes and add to the school climate.

For any questions about the Capital Campaign, please contact Síofra Rucker, Director of Advancement.

High School Wellness Center & Gym Coming Soon!

Our final building in our Capital Campaign, the High School Wellness Center & Gym, will create on-campus athletic facilities to inspire our varsity athletes and add to the school climate. The first phase will include a weight room, exercise studio, multi-surface sport court in the basement level of our 233 West Broadway building. The second and final phase, a stunning gym will be built on our current flat-lot parking lot after completion of a multi-level parking garage. The gym will include a regulation high school-sized basketball court, volleyball court, concessions, weightlifting facilities, and storage.

Annual Gala

Each fall, with the help from a wonderful committee of volunteers, St. Francis hosts its Annual Gala. We have two galas that rotate annually — Our Good Earth and Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser. (Prior to 2017-18 we held two galas each year.) Our Good Earth, an outdoor farm-to-table dinner and auction, is set in the fields of our Goshen Campus. Imagine! Art Auction + Scholarship Fundraiser is held in downtown Louisville. The art auction features local, regional, and national artists. They are not asked to donate their work, but rather receive half of whatever their pieces sell for and therefore benefit from the auction as well. Both galas support the students of St. Francis.


Volunteer with the Parent Association (PA)
The PA is comprised of all members of the parent body, and its purpose is to help maintain a strong, cooperative, and friendly relationship between parents and the School and to support the School’s Mission. Each family is asked to pay $50 in dues to the PA to support the School. This alleviates the need for any sales-based fundraisers such as candy or wrapping paper.

The PA also hosts many of the community-building events that we have over the school year, including:

  • Book Sale (D)
  • Back-to-School Picnic
  • New Parent Reception (D)
  • Taste of St. Francis (D)
  • Grandparents’ Day (G)
  • Grandparents’ Day (D)
  • Holiday Wish Fund*
  • Parent – Child Dance (G)
  • Parent – Child Campout (G)
  • Pegasus Parade
  • Ice Cream Social (G)


  • Faculty/Staff Appreciation lunches/brunches
  • Classroom holiday parties (G)
  • Skating Parties (G)

*The Holiday Wish Fund was created by the PA to simplify the holiday gift giving process and make sure all teachers and staff members are thanked for their hard work. You may donate any amount of money you’d like and the PA then purchases gift cards for each faculty/staff member.

Volunteer with Athletics
Parents can support the athletic program through volunteering and fundraising events throughout the year. Here are ways you can help:

  • Serve on The Athletic Committee to plan the year’s activities for the committee
  • Athletic Banner Sponsorship is a wonderful way to show your support of the athletic program while advertising your business ($250 – $500).
  • Be a Team Parent on your child’s team and help with coordination and communication.
  • Concessions worker – we need lots of concessions assistance!
  • Gate worker – we need parents at every home game/meet to collect entrance fees.
  • Purchase season athletic passes to all home games in a given sport.
  • Additional Volunteer Opportunities are needed for scoring, announcing, photographing, team parties, and sports banquets.

Other Volunteer Opportunities
Additional Volunteer opportunities are available in every area of the school.

  • Be a lunchroom volunteer (Goshen Campus)
  • Be a Library volunteer (Goshen Campus)
  • Be a Book Sale volunteer (Downtown Campus)
  • Be a volunteer sub for the front desk
  • Be a PA classroom or grade-level rep
  • Serve on the Our Good Earth or Imagine! committee


We are committed to making a St. Francis education accessible to all who are admitted, and as such, over 50% of the student population receives some form of aid to attend. This commitment to diversity and scholarships makes us truly unique among other local, as well as national, Independent Schools. In providing tuition assistance to students and their families, our financial aid helps cultivate a student body that more accurately reflects the diversity of the Louisville community. This allows our students to learn to appreciate and work with people from a variety of religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds, which is critical to achieving our mission. SFS offers both merit-based and need-based scholarships.

Merit Scholarship Competition

Merit Scholarship Competition

The Merit Scholarship Competition for incoming 6th and 9th graders is held in January each year. Merit Awards include the St. Francis Scholar, the overall winner, who receives a 50% tuition scholarship, and two Scholar Runners-Up, one in math/science and one in the humanities, who receive 25% tuition scholarships. The 6th grade awards are three-year renewable scholarships and the 9th grade awards are four-year renewable scholarships. Applications (including shadow day) must be completed prior to the Competition. You may register for the Competition by emailing or calling Kelli Carter at 502-795-3464.

Cipinko Humanities Merit Scholarship


Cipinko Humanities Merit Scholarship: Named in honor of longtime, beloved SFS history teacher Stu Cipinko’s dedication to the highest level of intellectual rigor in the humanities areas of history and English, this scholarship is awarded to an incoming 9th grade student during our Merit Scholarship Competition.

St. Francis Equity Scholarship

St. Francis Equity Scholarship

St. Francis Equity Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is awarded annually to students from historically marginalized groups. These scholarships may be awarded each year to two or more qualified students.

New American Scholarships

New American Scholarships

New American Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is awarded to students who are immigrants themselves or who are the children of immigrants. These scholarships are normally awarded annually, but depend on the application of relevant students; there can be one or more New American Scholars per year.

Brown-Forman Scholarship

Brown-Forman Scholarship

Brown-Forman Scholarship: This need-based, four-year scholarship to be awarded to a deserving 8th grader from the West End of Louisville to attend St. Francis School. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Carnighan Scholarship

Carnighan Scholarship

Carnighan Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is named in memory of St. Francis School alumnus Michael Carnighan G’84, ’88 and awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm and aptitude in science and/or mathematics. To qualify, applicants must compete in our Merit Scholarship Competition in January. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Cawein Scholarships

Cawein Scholarships

Cawein Scholarships: This need-based scholarship is named in honor of Madison Cawein, former St. Francis artist-in-residence. This scholarship is awarded to a student who has talent and passion for art, and who demonstrates financial need. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader.

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship

Callie Stearns Campbell Memorial Scholarship: This need-based scholarship is awarded to a passionate student who demonstrates financial need and demonstrates enthusiasm for a new beginning at St. Francis. This renewable scholarship is awarded annually to an incoming 9th grader new to St. Francis School.

Planned Giving

St. Francis School recognizes and honors parents, alumni, grandparents, and friends who have included the school in their estate plans. SFS’s Planned Giving Program provides a variety of ways to make a planned gift that do not deplete lifetime assets and, in some cases, can furnish additional income and significant tax deductions.

Stock is one of the best assets to use when making a charitable contribution. In most cases, an outright gift of appreciated securities entitles the donor to an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value of the securities.
This trust provides either a fixed or variable income for you or your family. Part of the trust qualifies for an income tax deduction, and at the death of the last beneficiary, the assets of the trust are distributed to St. Francis.
This trust allows you to pass on assets to family members with significant estate and gift tax savings, while allowing St. Francis to benefit from the income for the duration of the trust.
A bequest or planned giving is a wonderful way to remember St. Francis School in your estate plans. A bequest may be for a specific amount, a percentage of the donor’s estate, or a residual portion.
A gift of real estate to St. Francis School provides considerable tax benefits. You also have the option of retaining the right to occupy the property for life or even to receive the income it generates.
A gift of life insurance allows you to contribute a previously acquired policy that may no longer be needed for its initial purpose and realize tax benefits. St. Francis may also be named as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, company pension or profit-sharing plan, or of a private fund such as an IRA, Keogh or tax-sheltered annuity.
If a donor gives a tangible asset that can be used by St. Francis in its educational programs, the donor receives a charitable deduction equal to the asset’s fair market value.

It may be possible to double your donation, doubling the impact of your gift to St. Francis. Many companies match employee donations, dollar for dollar, to nonprofit organizations like ours. Please consider checking with your company to see if it offers a matching gift program.

We appreciate your interest in and support of St. Francis School. Your attorney or financial planner can provide additional information on how these ways of giving apply to your specific situation. The school can also recommend an attorney who specializes in estate planning and charitable giving.

If you are interested in learning more about these gift opportunities for you and St. Francis School, please contact Kenisha Kelsey in the Development Office at 502-736-1008. If you have already designated the school as a beneficiary, please contact the Development Office so that we can recognize your generosity.

Walk of Honor Bricks – Goshen Campus Alumni

To commemorate your child(ren)’s years at St. Francis School, Goshen Campus, you may be interested in purchasing a brick in his/her/their name(s) for the St. Francis “Walk of Honor” located at the entrance of the school. This brick will be a lasting memory of your child(ren)’s experiences at St. Francis and will be seen on every return to the school for visits or other reunions.

Bricks are $250 each and can be purchased here; be sure to note your student’s full name to be shown on the brick.


Support St. Francis School

Here at St. Francis School we believe in an active and engaged community of students, faculty, alumni, and families. Our exceptional school environment is one that relies on the support and involvement of all in our SFS community. There are many ways to be involved, from volunteering to donating to attending our annual gala!


Our Good Earth Postponed to March 19, 2022

With the safety of our School community being our top priority, we are moving Our Good Earth to the spring: Saturday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. due to the local community statistics with regard to COVID-19. As plans have changed, please disregard the invitation you have received in the mail. 

If you’ve already bought tickets, agreed to sponsor the event, and/or donated an item for the auction, do not fret: you will be able to use those tickets in March, and the sponsorship dollars and donated items will be used for the very same event, just a bit later. And, you do not have to wait to support this incredibly important, life-changing purpose. We invite you to help us ensure the event’s success by making a donation or committing now for your tickets, sponsorships, and/or donated items by clicking below or contacting Kenisha Kelsey for more information.
Our Good Earth