St. Mary Academy-Bay View Endowment Fund
“It’s a different education. We offer high academics in a safe environment. We’re a mission-driven, Catholic school – fostering academic excellence in an innovative and creative learning environment – and we provide the girls and young women with a sense of family and of community. Our students are independent, confident, and high achievers,” states Vittoria Pacifico-DeBenedictis, president of St. Mary Academy–Bay View.
Vittoria also notes the prestigious universities Bay View graduates attend, the school’s athletic programs that include sailing and crew, and she proudly shares that they were 2015 state basketball champions.
An all-girls, Sisters of Mercy-sponsored school, Bay View enrolls approximately 700 students from pre-school through high school. Students are from more than 60 communities in southeastern New England, as well as several foreign countries.
In its more than 140-year history, the Academy has amassed some 50 endowed funds that provide tuition assistance, program support, and help meet other, specific needs of the independent school.
In 2014, Bay View received its first charitable gift annuity (CGA). The donor, an alumna who now lives in Virginia, shared with Academy officials, “My husband gives CGAs to his alma mater. I want to give a CGA to mine.”
The gift provided Bay View with a new opportunity and Rosie Connors, Bay View class of '76, senior director, advancement, communications & alumnae relations, explains, “This gift provided the opportunity for us to diversify.”
Vittoria and Rosie credit Marylu Nadeau, Bay View class of '81 and the mother of both a Bay View alumna and current student, with referring them to the Foundation. (A certified public accountant, Marylu is a former chair of the Foundation’s Professional Advisory Council.)
“It’s exciting to have something new. We want to build community and put Bay View on the map. We’ve planted the seeds, and now they need to grow. It’s progressing,” Vittoria shares of their development work.
Of their decision to partner with the Foundation, Rosie explains, “The resources you’re able to provide – the support and guidance – are a big deal to us. Our team is focused on strengthening the Academy financially, and working with the Foundation validates what we’re doing.”