Giving Opportunities

Every student, every day Annual Appeal

This is our most important annual fundraiser. Every aspect of Dowling Catholic - including a portion of financial assistance, student activities, classrooms, and arts - is supported by the Annual Appeal. Financial support from the Annual Appeal and other revenues pay 20% of the total per pupil cost. That equates to a "gap" between the full cost of education and what tuition and parish support cover.

Community Support

Your Company Through Matching Gifts

Maximize your gift! A matching gift is provided via a participating company based on the contribution to Dowling Catholic High School by the company's employees and spouses. The company matches the gift only after the donor has sent his or her gift to Dowling Catholic along with the company's matching gift form. These forms can be obtained from the Human Resources Office of most companies. Check with your Human Resources Office to find out what kind of gifts they match. If you have questions regarding matching gifts, please call 515.222.1002.

Employer/Community Support Campaigns 

Contributions made through your employer can be designated to support The Pathways for Success program or the Every Student, Every Day Annual Appeal. If you have any questions on how to designate Dowling Catholic through your employer or community support campaigns, please contact Staci Burr at or at 515.222.1030.

Endowment Fund (View FAQs)

Build a legacy at Dowling Catholic by creating an endowment to honor or memorialize a friend, mentor or family member. To create a new endowment, we request a pledge of $50,000 and an initial gift of $10,000 or more to the fund with the fulfillment of the initial pledge within 5 years. We will coordinate with you on your family’s wishes for the name of the fund and the criteria. We use a steady, modest draw from these endowments (4.25% of principal). In positive and negative market years, these monies are carefully stewarded, the principal of your gift is protected, and the ups and downs average out over time. Download our Endowment Brochure


The memorial fund is set up specifically for donors who would like to give their gift in memory of a loved one. When making your contribution, please indicate the loved one's name or the memorial fund to which you would like to contribute. You may also wish to give to an already established memorial. If you have questions regarding memorials, please call 515.222.1002.

Dowling Catholic Athletic Club

Dowling Catholic Athletic Club is a sports membership pass at Dowling Catholic High School that raises funds to support extra-curricular involvement for all students.

Reunion Giving

Individual or class gifts are a great way to celebrate your reunion! Contact Staci Burr or 515.222.1030.

Adopt a Student

With the rising cost of Catholic education and unexpected changes in family situations, making tuition payments can be a burden to many parents. The Adopt-A-Student works to ease this burden for students and their families, and give you the opportunity to make a difference in a student's life. If you have any questions regarding the Adopt-A-Student program please call 515.222.1013.

DCHS MVP - Maroon Volunteer Parents

MVP (formerly Parents' Guild)  hosts two annual events to raise funds in support of the DCHS teachers and students- the Pancake Breakfast (Fall) and the Auction (Spring). For more information please contact Holly Ackermann | 515.222.1029.

Memorial Garden Project

All members of the Dowling Catholic community have the opportunity to forever be a part of the school. You can do this by contributing $250-$500, which would qualify you for an Engraved Brick in the Memorial Garden on our Campus. The focal point in the garden is a bronze statue of Mary dedicated by the BVM sisters. The statue serves as a permanent reminder of their contributions to the school. There are hundreds of paving bricks that make up the walkway in the garden, located in the center of the school, outside the Media Center. For more information regarding the Memorial Garden, please call 515.222.1002.


Dowling Catholic High School  |  1400 Buffalo RD.  |  West Des Moines, IA  |  50265  |  (515) 225-3000