Make a Gift or Pledge

Thank you for choosing to support Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart!

Whether you are making a gift today to ensure educational excellence through The Duchesne Fund, to endow Duchesne's robust faculty development program, or to fund a tuition assistance package for a deserving student, you are keeping Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat's vision a vibrant reality at Duchesne.

Please select the method of giving that best suits you and your family. You can decide to make a gift today or to set up a monthly contribution using your credit card.

Make an Endowment Gift

Endowment funds are critical to every independent school. These funds distribute income and realized capital gains, in perpetuity, to the school. They are used in accordance with the guidelines put in place when established. The principal is invested according to the investment policy of the Board of Trustees. Funds come through gifts designated by donors and through unrestricted capital gifts that the Board of Trustees designates for endowment. The endowment ensures a strong future for Sacred Heart education in Houston.

Endowment gifts can be made at any time, and they are vital components in the school’s passion for excellence. The gifts can be used to:

  • Provide tuition assistance to deserving applicants from all backgrounds.
  • Attract and retain faculty who model intellectual curiosity and have an enthusiasm for teaching through a distinguished teaching chair.
  • Support and enhance professional development opportunities for talented faculty members.

The school’s priorities are dynamic and diverse, and endowment donors are able to match their philanthropic interests to a wide range of needs.

For more information, contact Darlene Henson at or 713-465-9825.

Give by Shopping

Kroger has a Neighbor-to-Neighbor program that has committed to giving back one million dollars to our Houston community. Visit to receive the Duchesne bar code, which will link to your KrogerPlus Card. At Randall's, stop by the service desk and have your Randall's card linked with Duchesne’s Good Neighbor #2729.

Enroll in Take Charge of Education
Have a Target REDCard? You can select Duchesne Academy to receive a percentage of your purchases. Duchesne’s School ID # is 16269.

Help Duchesne Earn Free Supplies
This unique program for schools can not only benefit your school now, but help keep them in free supplies all year long! Just make a qualifying purchase* at Office Depot and present Duchesne’s 5% Back to Schools program ID (70097845), and Duchesne will earn store credit for office supplies. For a list of qualifying purchases, click here.
is a simple and automatic program that allows you to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases you make. To shop at AmazonSmile, simply go to and log in with your Amazon username and password. The first time you log in, you will select Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart – Houston as your selected charity. Your selection is remembered, and a portion of every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will go to the school.

Make a Matching Gift

Many employers match cash or stock gifts made by active and sometimes retired employees to secondary schools—an easy way to double or even triple your gift to Duchesne. Many of these companies also match contributions made by their directors. Please contact your human resources department to see if your company participates and obtain a matching gift form. If your contribution generates a matching gift, you will receive additional credit for that amount.

Planned Giving Options

The St. Philippine Society

The St. Philippine Society was named for Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, who brought Sacred Heart education to the United States in 1818. Members of the St. Philippine Society are those who make or have made Duchesne a beneficiary of a bequest or other planned gift and who inform the school of their commitment.

Planned gifts build the endowment, a perpetual fund where income provides essential financial support for all aspects of Duchesne for years to come. You can invest in the future of our educational programs, scholarships for deserving students, and faculty enrichment for our amazing teachers.

To Become a Society Member

We would like to take this opportunity to invite you to become a member of the St. Philippine Society and to continue the legacy of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. Becoming a member is quite simple. In fact, if you have named Duchesne Academy in your will or have otherwise included the school in your estate plans, you are already qualified to become a member.

Members of the society are recognized annually and receive a commemorative brick as a membership memento. The biggest benefit can be found in the words of St. Philippine herself: "Embrace God's will, and you will be filled with joy and peace."

Making a Bequest to Duchesne Academy

Each year, Duchesne Academy is the beneficiary of a charitable bequests made by individuals who share in the school's dream and vision. Bequests can take many forms, including a specific amount or a percentage of an estate. The following language may be used when making such bequests.

To bequeath a specific amount:

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, a nonprofit corporation located in Harris County, Texas, the sum of $_________ for use in (state the purpose for which you wish your bequest to be used, or indicate "general purposes").

To bequeath a percentage:

"I give, devise, and bequeath to Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, a nonprofit corporation located in Harris County, Texas, ____ percent of my residual estate, both real and personal, for use in (state the purpose for which you wish your bequest to be used, or indicate "general purposes").

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart Federal ID #74-1390041

Sophie Society Giving Levels

$25,000+ Head of School Circle
$15,000–$24,999 Duchesne Circle
$10,000–$14,999 Barat Circle
$5,000–$9,999 Sacred Heart Circle
$2,500–$4,999 Trés Bien Circle