A big THANK YOU to all of our wonderful supporters. We're past the 50% mark and that is all because of you! Despite Indiegogo’s disclaimer at the top, the funds for this campaign are in fact restricted; explanation is below.
The Cabrini Movement™ began on January 14, 2014 after Mother Cabrini High School, a 115 year-old institution located in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan and dedicated to the secondary education of young women, announced its closure by the end of the current academic year. This movement consists of the wonderful students currently enrolled, parents of students, and alumnae with the support of state and local politicians.
The original goal of this campaign was to save Mother Cabrini High School and use the $100,000 target amount to gain leverage with the sisters who own the school in an effort to change their minds. On January 27th, representatives of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (the “MSSHJ” or the “Sisters”) met with the Cabrini Movement™ and concerned alumnae, to confirm the imminent closing of Mother Cabrini High School. In an emotional final attempt to convince the Sisters to reverse their decision, the meeting was held at the original shrine, which now serves as the school’s library.
Failure was never an option for us. However, given that the school will not remain open, the funds will go directly toward transitioning the current 200+ students at Mother Cabrini to other parochial schools in the area, as originally stated. Currently, 75% of the school’s students are on financial aid. Many parochial schools are unable to honor these scholarships, as they were funded by the MSSHJ.
This is the new goal of the campaign: Help the 200+ current students of Mother Cabrini High School complete their education as they started it.
Your donation will continue a legacy of moving young women from culturally diverse backgrounds to strong careers and futures. Securing these girls with the education they need is the first and most urgent step of this campaign. The Cabrini Movement™ has no intentions of stopping there, however. With the blessing and cooperation of the Sisters and the school's administration, the movement is taking the necessary steps to establish a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in order to aggressively continue its fundraising efforts.
Your gift will now be the foundation of something amazing. Despite the high school not being there, Cabrini Movement™ will continue to secure the best quality education for young women in Washington Heights for years to come.
What We Need & What You Get
We still need to raise $100,000 in 30 days. This is still a kick-starter campaign to raise awareness for our goal. 75% of the students are currently on financial aid, paid for by the Sisters. Most schools are not honoring these scholarships.
The school has confirmed that a sum of $300,000 will successfully transfer the students who are currently on non-transferable scholarships to another parochial school. Much less daunting than the original $7 million dollars we needed to save the school, right? We can do this!
Deadlines for enrollment of other schools are fast approaching, so we need your help now.
As Mother Cabrini High School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, your gift is 100% tax-deductible. We would love to offer you a Cabrini sweatshirt, a sticker, or a button in exchange for your wonderful gift, but we need every dime to raise money for the current students. If you're out there and can give us this as an in-kind donation, we would appreciate it beyond words!
Your gift will be a great boost to our efforts. Our $100,000 total would draw more attention in the media and social media and give us the leverage we need to reach the finish line and secure the $300,000 needed to help the students continue their excellent education. Your donation will ensure that a legacy that is more than a century old will continue in New York City.
Other Ways You Can Help
We appreciate your giving at any level. Every cent counts. Times are tough these days so we understand that not everyone can give a gift. We do hope you'll help us by using the hashtag #cabrinimovement on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook and using the Indiegogo share tools so that your family, friends, and co-workers may consider supporting the Cabrini Movement™. Remember, your gift will now be the foundation of something historic. We need you now more than ever before. Thank you.