Parent Giving

"lord, teach me to be generous..."
- St. ignatius of loyola

Why Your Gift Matters

  • Parent
Rachel and Doug ’83 Distelrath, parents to Rob ’17 and Michael ’25, Chairs for the 2022-2023 Parent Campaign 

As parents, we love having our sons at De Smet Jesuit because it means they are getting an unparalleled Jesuit education, one that will prepare them for success in pursuing their dreams. Our family of five—several graduating from local Jesuit institutions—lives the motto of being men and women for and with others. We are honored to be involved in this effort and inspired by other Spartan families’ collective enthusiasm and generosity. Your support to the Spartan Fund sends a powerful message that parents are deeply committed to the school and thrilled with the extraordinary opportunities their sons have—that’s why we continue to support. Go Spartans!

Kennedy Phillips, Science & P.E. Teacher, Baseball Coach

During ‘Examen’ recently, when asked to reflect on something I am thankful for, the first thing that came to mind was how grateful I am to work at De Smet. I felt that I had a very special opportunity to engage and connect with students from my first day. 

Because I graduated from college in 2020, I feel that I can relate to a lot of things that the young men at De Smet go through. I get to help form our young men in the classroom, on the field, and through day-to-day interaction. 

There is something beautiful about what we do at De Smet, thanks to our giving and caring community.

  • Coach
  • Math Teacher
Adam Boehm, Math Teacher and Cross Country/Track Coach

Every day I leave De Smet exhausted, and my hope is that anyone who sees me in those moments doesn't see the exhaustion, but the passion to be better the next day. I see it in my students, my athletes, and my colleagues every day, and it drives me to be better.

At our best, we put students in a place where they can throw caution to the wind, take a chance, and learn; whether that be how to use the quadratic formula or be a man of faith and love. That's what excites me. There is no ‘good enough’ because it never is; not to our standards. 

  • Class of 2022
Nick Abel '22

As a senior, I already know that De Smet Jesuit has changed my life. All that I’ve done, everything that has defined the past three years of my life — my friends, teachers, and activities — are made possible because of the generosity of our community. At De Smet Jesuit, I know there are people who care about me, about what I do, what I think, and what is important to me. During my junior year, I got involved with the De Smet Student Network (DSN) calling games and finding my voice. This opportunity alone has opened doors for me and allowed me to grow as a person. I am now considering a career in broadcasting. I am forever grateful.

Gifts of every size provide immediate impact toward the greatest needs:

  • Retaining the best faculty.
  • Building strong student programs.
  • Enhancing campus facilities.
  • Contributing to tuition assistance.

4 Ways To Give

Parent Gifts matter. 
Regardless of how you choose to share your time, talent, and treasures this year, every selfless act benefits our students.

Please give by the end of our fiscal year on June 30, 2023

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Parents supporting De Smet Jesuit provides transformative impact for students. Your ongoing support of De Smet Jesuit is immensely appreciated!