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With gratitude, we acknowledge the remarkable levels of financial support offered to the students and parents of the DeLaSalle community.  President, Barry Lieske, and the Office of Development work year-round to procure support for DeLaSalle from alumni, friends, and several foundations that recognize the value of the DeLaSalle mission.  Over the course of four weeks this month, the bookend events of the October 8 Christian Brothers Gala and the November 1 “De Day of Giving” will provide funds for need-based financial aid that supports approximately 400 students and families at De.

CHRISTIAN BROTHERS’ GALA SUCCESS:  The Christian Brothers Gala was a huge success this year.  Thanks in large part to the efforts of Gala Coordinator, Brenda Irvin, food and setup coordinator, Nikka Ross, and the staff members from the Office of Development, the school raised over $450,000 toward financial aid for students.  Over 550 parents, students, alumni, and friends participated as attendees, donors, and volunteers.  The night was festive and joyous.  Old friendships were rekindled, new friendships were formed – particularly among parents, and several people enjoyed each other’s company well into the night.  The live auction raised more funds than any Gala live auction before.  Two anonymous gifts totaling $200,000 were at the centerpiece of the annual “Bids for Kids” portion of the evening.  We thank all who participated in the one all-school fundraiser of the year.

EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE THE FIRST ANNUAL “DE DAY OF GIVING!”  For the past three years, DeLaSalle has participated in “Give to the Max Day” sponsored by GiveMN. This year, we have decided to break away from this tradition in order to maximize the impact of each dollar donated. With no fees and no restrictions, a much higher percentage of each gift will be managed directly by DeLaSalle!

The De Day of Giving will occur on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.

Last year, we had a very successful “Give to the Max Day,” raising $88,000 in one day. This year, we are setting our highest goal ever at $100,000. Based on the generosity and continuity of our donors in the past, we believe that this goal is absolutely attainable.  As a bonus, thanks to a generous anonymous donor, we have the opportunity to match every gift made this year. In order to encourage new supporters to step forward and make their first gifts to DeLaSalle:

  • Every gift made by a past donor will be matched $1:$1,
  • And every gift made by a first-time donor will be matched $2:1!

We look forward to this day and we cannot thank you enough for your support of the students and mission of DeLaSalle!  There are multiple ways to participate in this wonderful day:

  • Make a gift online by clicking here
  • Make a gift by texting DELASALLE to 243725
  • Make a gift by calling 612-676-7610
  • Make a gift by sending a check or cash to DeLaSalle High School, 1 DeLaSalle Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55401


DeLaSalle is unique and unsurpassed as a high school offering a combination of (1) Catholic-Lasallian values of Faith, prayer, service, community and moral ethics, (2) academic rigor and inquiry, relevant and collaborative use of technology, and high levels of college placement, and (3) a rich diversity of students and families reflecting all backgrounds and emerging demographics across the Twin Cities and the country.

At its core, DeLaSalle High School’s mission is to provide equitable and high-quality education for all families, regardless of diverse socio-economic backgrounds.  We are not to be a school only for those who can afford it.  Nor are we to be a school only for those with financial need.  We are resolute in our belief that we are at our best when we educate young women and men from all backgrounds – who in turn learn so much from and with each other’s God-given gifts.  We call them all to empathy and to excellence.  From its beginnings, when DeLaSalle opened in 1900 specifically to offer a high-quality education to the sons of poor European immigrants moving into Minneapolis, the school has been steadfast in this mission — to build an enrollment with the full breadth of socio-economic diversity.

As such, approximately 53 percent of our students receive need-based financial aid to reduce their tuition and 47 percent do not.  (All families pay tuition at some level, and we greatly respect that all parents sacrifice at whatever level of investment they make.)  The total financial aid and scholarship program in 2016-17 will exceed $2,950,000, money directly supporting students and their parents.  In turn, by forming an authentically diverse community that supports positive and collaborative relationships for all students, we unabashedly believe that a DeLaSalle education is enriched in ways beyond anything a textbook or computer may offer.  A De graduate goes to college with understanding and appreciation for the full breadth of the world.

This philosophy dates back to the 17th century, the historic legacy of John Baptist de La Salle himself.  Saint de La Salle founded Lasallian schools because he was deeply moved by the way in which the children of the artisans and the poor were abandoned and left to themselves. As a practical response to his prayerful consideration of this fact — and in relation to God’s plan of salvation — he came to discern, in faith, what God wanted the mission of a “Lasallian institute” to be.  Today’s Lasallians, wherever they are working, are called to put their whole heart into the option for the poor, attempting, through their educational action, to build a world with greater solidarity and justice.

We look forward to this day and we cannot thank you enough for your support of the students and mission of DeLaSalle!