Grants and gifts from foundations and corporations are a vital part of the philanthropic support for Saint Joseph's, its students, faculty, and programs. Through grants to the endowment and annual fund, foundations and corporations provide scholarships every year to more than 100 Saint Joseph's students who are high academic achievers and financially deserving of financial aid. The Corporate Alliance Program for Scholarships (CAPS) alone provides more than $25,000 that is awarded to 25 students.
In addition, foundation gifts ranging from $1,000 to $200,000 provide support for academic programs that often reach into the community with rich benefits:
Support of red tide research not only trains Saint Joseph's students to become tomorrow's environmental scientists, it promises greatly needed help for Maine's Department of Marine Resources, for Maine's fishing communities that depend upon shellfish harvesting for their livelihoods, and for an economy that loses roughly $25 million when harvesting is interrupted.
Support of environmental science programs has trained 60 Saint Joseph's education majors over the past three years. They, in turn, have taught and mentored nearly 200 students in Portland schools with large populations of immigrant and disadvantaged students.
Major support of faculty training in assessment not only has engaged every academic and program head in both the Four-Year and Graduate and Professional Studies divisions, but also promises to enrich learning for all students and engage them in personal assessments through e-portfolio programs.
Grants and gifts to capital projects for new buildings and renovation since 2004 have provided the new academic building, Alfond Hall, as well as a new nursing resource center, simulation labs, and a second anatomy and physiology lab to serve the College's largest major and assure that Saint Joseph's premier nursing preparation continues.
Support of literacy programs have enabled the College's education majors and faculty to partner with regional schools for visits by Maine children's authors who illustrate their books. Forty education majors and 200 local children have benefited from these programs.