Giving Opportunities

We are grateful for your interest in supporting Father Ryan through a financial contribution. Just as our continued legacy of faith, knowledge, service hinges upon the diligence of our faculty, staff and students, so too, our faculty, staff and students depend upon the alliance of alumni, parents, and friends who continue to support the school and advance our mission with their generosity.

Our Advancement staff is pleased to work with you in structuring gift opportunities that ensure your philanthropic goals are met while best supporting the needs of the school. Father Ryan is a 501(c)(3) organization and as such contributions to the school are tax-deductible upon compliance with the Internal Revenue Code. If you would like to speak with a member of the Advancement team regarding your gift, please contact our Director of Advancement at (615) 269-7926.

Giving Opportunities

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  • Annual Fund

    Donations to the Father Ryan Annual Fund have a direct impact on the daily life of the school by providing general operating support that impacts every student, every day. Father Ryan tuition covers 81% of what it costs to educate a student. The Annual Fund helps to fill the gap. Make a gift today!
  • Father Ryan Athletic Association

    The Father Ryan Athletic Association provides our parents, alumni, faculty and staff, and friends the opportunity to be involved in Irish athletics, as volunteers, as financial supporters and as fans.

    Everyone who makes an unrestricted gift to the Annual Fund in support of Father Ryan athletics in the amount of $100 or more is offered membership in the Father Ryan Athletic Association. Join the Father Ryan Athletic Association today!
  • Honorariums/Memorials

    Consider a gift to Father Ryan in honor or in memory of a loved one. Make a gift today!
  • Endowment/Scholarships

    While the Annual Fund might be thought of as the "checking account" for day-to-day operations, the Endowment Fund would be the "savings account." The Endowment Fund ensures that Father Ryan has a permanent source of operating revenue. Gifts are made to the school and only the earnings are applied to expenses.

    The Endowment Fund for tuition assistance is a permanent source of financial aid to Father Ryan students. Within the Endowment, individual funds have been established by generous benefactors in order to support Father Ryan in perpetuity. Gifts are made to the school and families are awarded need-based financial aid from the earnings each year.

    These are opportunities for you and your family to invest in the ministry of Catholic education while helping subsidize a student's tuition. Your gift assists us in shaping a strong future for Father Ryan and helps us to meet the financial needs of a diverse student body.

    A named Endowed Fund is established with a gift or pledge of $50,000 or more. The school will invest the gift in the Father Ryan High School Endowment Fund and the earnings from the interest will be used annually for student assistance in accordance with the provisions of the fund. Additional funding can be added to the principal at any time, thereby increasing the amount of the award. A percentage of the Endowment Fund at Father Ryan is paid out each year to cover various operating expenses.

    If you would like to contribute to a fund or establish a new fund, please contact the Advancement Office at (615) 269-7926.
  • Legacy Gala

    For more than three decades, Father Ryan’s Legacy Gala raises funds to benefit our students and faculty. Your support will make a difference in the lives of young men and women you may never know personally but for whom your gift will have an impact long after their years at Father Ryan. For more information or to get involved, please contact the Angie Coffey at or call (615) 269-7926.
  • Buy a Commemorative Brick

    Create a lasting impression for someone special by purchasing a personalized brick in support of the Jim Carell Alumni Athletic Complex. Opened in 2009, the complex is a resource for the Father Ryan community in all seasons from football games, to Relay for Life and summer camps.

    Bricks are used to create a Memorial Jerusalem SEARCH Cross monument inside Giacosa Stadium.

    • Elliston Place Brick ($500): Bricks from the Elliston Place campus are used to create the Jerusalem SEARCH cross.
    • Brick Paver ($250): Pavers make up the background of the Jerusalem SEARCH cross.
    • Builder's Row ($1,000): Special bricks are used to construct the Builder's Row on the main foundation wall of Giacosa Stadium.

    Honor a friend, teacher or alum by creating your own message to be engraved on any of these bricks. Your message can include up to three lines with 14 characters (including spaces) per line. Click here to download the order form.

Ways to Give

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  • Cash Gifts

    Cash gifts given outright are the most common type of contribution. They can be made by an individual, a corporation or a foundation. Make checks payable to Father Ryan High School and send to:
    Father Ryan High School
    Attn: Advancement Office
    770 Norwood Drive
    Nashville, TN 37204
  • Pledges

    If you are not ready to make a cash gift, you can pledge your commitment to Father Ryan High School to be paid prior to the end of the fiscal year (June 30). You can do so by contacting the Advancement Office at (615) 269-7926. You will receive quarterly or monthly reminders at your request. A pledge may allow you to contribute more significantly to Father Ryan High School than might otherwise be possible with a one-time donation.
  • Recurring Gift Program/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

    A convenient way to support Father Ryan is through Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). You can quickly and safely set up your bank account to automatically deduct a specified amount monthly to the Father Ryan Annual Fund.
    click here to download the Bank Draft Gift Form

    Please note that recurring gifts continue until terminated by the donor. To terminate your recurring gift, contact the Advancement Office at (615) 269-7926.
  • Securities

    Outright gifts of appreciated securities may entitle you to a double tax benefit: you would not recognize capital gain on the transaction and may take a current income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the asset (up to 30% of adjusted gross income, with a five-year carry-over of any unused deduction).

    Please ask your broker to transfer the securities to the Father Ryan High School account:
    Morgan Stanley
    DTC #0015
    For Credit: Account #251-106047-328
    Name of: Father Ryan High School
    Gift from: Donor Name

    Before transferring the funds, please notify the Advancement Office at Father Ryan at (615) 269-7926 with the following information. This notice is often our only way of determining the identity of a donor.
    • Name of the stock and the number of shares
    • Your name, address, and telephone number
    • The purpose of the gift, i.e., the campaign to which the gift is earmarked
    • The date of the gift
    If you have any questions regarding this process, you may contact the Advancement Office at (615) 269-7926 or our Morgan Stanley broker Jeremy Bisceglia at (615) 764-4477 or email:
  • Corporate Matching Gifts

    Many organizations have corporate matching gift programs that can double and sometimes triple the value of your gift. If your company has a matching gift program, just mail or email your company's matching gift form with your contribution. Questions? Contact Angie Coffey at 615-269-7926 or
  • Bequests

    Bequests are the easiest form of charitable estate planning and enable you to name Father Ryan in your will. With a bequest, you become a member of the Father Black Society at Father Ryan. For more information, contact the Advancement Office at (615) 269-7926.