The Development Office

Donations to St. Columba’s College are managed by our Development Office, who use the funds for bursaries, capital projects and more.

I am delighted to welcome you to the St. Columba’s College Development Office, which was established in early 2017 to engage with the St Columba’s community, including Old Columbans, parents, past parents, pupils, staff and our wider circle of friends, to support the College’s capital developments, College bursaries and special projects.

With the assistance of the Development Office, I look forward to building and sustaining relationships with all our supporters and friends. Your philanthropic support is crucial in transforming the life of the College both now and long into the future.

St. Columba’s has a long and proud tradition of philanthropic support, dating as far back as its establishment in 1840s, when a group led by Reverend William Sewell established the College. Past developments have included the opening of the Library (1994), Grange Building (2004), housing over 100 boarders, as well as classrooms and house staff accommodation, the refurbishment of the 19th century Argyle buildings (2006) in the heart of the College, and the opening of the old Cadogan Building (2008) as a new music school.

This is an exciting time for the College and as part of our 175th anniversary celebrations we are delighted to announce the development of a new state-of-the-art College Hub, a social and cultural centre which will be a key focal point of College life. Plans are also in place to develop a new Boarding House and these two ambitious projects will require significant support from the St. Columba’s Community.

St. Columba’s College is a distinctive school and I feel privileged to be leading it into the next phase of its distinguished history. We can look back at our heritage with pride and look forward to the future with great purpose.

I thank you for your continued interest and support and look forward to working with you on our philanthropic endeavours over the months and years ahead.

Supporting the College’s long-term development by engaging alumni, parents, families and friends in support of the College’s capital developments, College bursaries and special projects.

Mark Boobbyer, Warden

Mark Boobbyer, Warden

“ The Old Columban Society Bursary Fund supported my family in our time of need for which I am hugely grateful. I now in turn am supporting the fund.”

Old Columban 2015

“As a regular donor it gives me great satisfaction that my monthly donations are helping the children and grandchildren of Old Columbans to receive the many benefits of a Columban education.”

Old Columban 1969

“ Giving back is an essential element of what it means to be an Old Columban. We all want to give our children the best opportunities and giving to the Bursary Fund can make a big difference to the life of a child.”

Ian Fraser, President of the Old Columban Society

Ways to Support

There are many ways individuals or groups can support the College and its pupils. Explore the various means to support below.

The St. Columba’s College Annual Fund

This Fund encourages supporters to donate to an unrestricted fund that affords the College discretion over how the funds are spent, allowing for immediate impact. All donations to this Fund, no matter what size are very gratefully received.

St Columba’s College hugely appreciates gifts* in the form of monthly, quarterly or annual commitments. Multi-annual pledges enable the College to plan ahead.

All supporters to the Fund will be kept up to date on the College’s progress and successes each year.

Please note: Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the Annual Fund

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

Recurring Donation Option

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

The College Bursary Fund

True to the spirit of St Columba’s, our mission is to support young people who would like to attend the College but whose families are facing economic difficulties.

The College Bursary Fund offers direct support to prospective pupils to open up the opportunity of education at the College, by providing a grant towards their attendance. The College bursaries are awarded based on a number of criteria, with lack of financial means being a key requirement.  In contrast with the OCS Bursary Fund, these awards are open to those who have no previous connection to the College.

All donations to this Fund, irrespective of size, are very gratefully received.

Please note – Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the College Bursary Fund

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

Recurring Donation Option

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

The OCS Bursary Fund

In addition to College Bursaries, the Old Columban Society established the OCS Bursary Fund in 2011 which specifically supports the children and grandchildren of Old Columbans (OCs).

For many and varying reasons, a number of OCs and their families have been unable to meet the full cost of College fees. The main purpose of the Fund is to offer financial assistance to these individuals. The Funds donated go directly to assisting in paying the College fees rather than paying the entire fee.

To maintain and nurture this Fund, the OCS encourages its members to commit to a suggested amount of €21* per month or €250 per year, or whatever they may be willing to donate.

Promotion of and donations to the OCSBF are managed through the Development Office.

The College and the Old Columban Society are most grateful for support to these Bursary Funds and wish to extend our thanks to all who have enabled our bursary pupils to flourish in the environment of St. Columba’s and on into their futures.

Please note: Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the OCS Bursary Fund

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

The 175th Anniversary Campaign

Since the 1840s, St Columba’s College has been dedicated to providing the finest all-round education, sporting and cultural facilities for our pupils.

2018 marks the 175th Anniversary of the College and sees the launch of a number of exciting capital projects including the development of a College Hub and the building of a new Boarding House.

These capital developments, which will transform College life both now and into the future, will require significant philanthropic support. In donating to this Appeal be assured that you are participating in a venture which will contribute to the education and development not only of our pupils, but also to supporting the wider Columban community.

Further detail about the College’s capital development projects, timelines and costs is available through the Development Office.

Please note: Gifts over €21 or per month or €250 per year allow the College to claim an additional tax relief on this contribution amplifying the impact of your gift.

Donate Online to the 175th Anniversary Campaign

To make a recurring donation please select the amount and frequency of your donation and click ‘subscribe’.

Recurring Donation Option

To make a once-off donation please select click ‘donate’ and follow the on-screen instructions.

A Lasting Legacy

Including a gift in your will to St Columba’s College, a lasting legacy, will secure the future of St Columba’s for generations to come. Legacies allow the College to nurture the talent of pupils into the future and protect our core values for future Columbans.

All legacy gifts, irrespective of size, are held in highest regard. Legacies enable St Columba’s to continue a spirit of philanthropy that goes back to the Foundation of the College in 1843.

To discuss leaving a gift in your will to the College contact the Development Officer Sonia Young, in the strictest confidence, by email (development@stcolumbas.ie) or by telephone (+353 1 495 6919).

Documents

Here are a selection of brochures and paper forms with further information on the Development Office and it’s various funds.

OCS Bursary Fund Brochure
175th Anniversary Appeal Brochure
Development Office Brochure
Hub Paper Donation Form
Paper Donation Form (Euro)
Paper Donation Form (Sterling)

Contact

Please fill in the form below with any questions, suggestions or inquiries about the roles of the Development Office. Our Development Officer, Sonia Young, will get back to you as soon as possible.

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