Ways to Give

Untitled-20The Sisters of Notre Dame are financially independent from the Catholic Church. Although a number of the sisters receive a small stipend for their services, additional sources of income are needed especially for the retired sisters and for ministries which meet the needs of the poor, both in the United States and in Africa. Family, friends, former and current students and their families are invited to join the Notre Dame mission through their spiritual and material support.

Annual Giving

Since their arrival in California in 1924, the Sisters of Notre Dame have shared their religious witness, generous service and abundant gifts with people throughout the state. Each year, the Sisters of Notre Dame directly reach more than 10,000 people through their education, healthcare, parish and formation ministries. They tend to the body, mind and spirit through their diverse ministries. Although a number of the sisters receive a small stipend for their services, additional sources of income are needed especially for the retired sisters and for ministries which meet the needs of the poor, both in the United States and in Africa.

Partners in Hope Legacy Society

One of the best ways to ensure that your legacy makes a lasting impact is through a planned gift. The Partners in Hope Legacy Society is made up of individuals who have committed to support the SND mission now and into the future. Gifts made through part of an estate may be designated toward any of the SND programs. By designating a planned gift, you ensure that our ministries remain strong and vibrant. To learn more about making a planned gift, please contact Sr. Lisa Megaffin at (805) 917-3714. Download our brochure here.

Our Programs

shawnmarieThe Retirement Fund supplements Social Security to provide total care for approximately 25 retired sisters; according to the National Religious Retirement Office, this need is substantial since the province’s Retirement Care of the Sisters Fund is less than 50% of the recommended amount.

The Life and Ministry Fund underwrites the living expenses and ministry activities of the sisters, particularly the sisters in the province who give uncompensated service to the church and for several sisters who are disabled.

The Uganda Fund supports St. Julie Convent and School in Buseesa, Uganda, which opened in 1995 and 1997 respectively. With faith in God’s providential care and the generosity of many donors, the sisters made a commitment to the poor of Uganda, realizing that this action would in turn create financial challenges. The average life expectancy for the people of Uganda is 43 years. There is an urgent need for education, leadership training and economic development so that the people may experience the goodness of God as they improve their lives.

The Julie Fund is a means to assist the Sisters of Notre Dame and their Associates in their ministries in support of the poor, disadvantaged and marginalized.  The fund supports activities, projects and services that respond creatively to the needs of those persons and groups that fall into the following categories:

  • The disadvantaged, disabled or handicapped
  • The elderly and those on a fixed income
  • The abused and neglected
  • The unemployed or welfare recipients
  • Those with chronic health issues
  • Those who are homeless or are in danger of becoming homeless
  • Those suffering from poverty in its varied forms.