Seeds of Hope cultivates minds and hearts for Christ by striving to make a transformative Catholic education financially accessible to any family who seeks it.
In the wake of St. John Paul II's visit to Colorado for World Youth Day in 1993, the Archdiocese of Denver and several community leaders joined forces to create an organized, funded mechanism to support Catholic education in Denver. In 1996, this led to the formation of Seeds of Hope.
Seeds of Hope focuses on providing tuition assistance to make Catholic education financially accessible to families at low-income Archdiocese of Denver Catholic schools. All the assistance helps families access opportunity, stability, faith formation, and a quality education. When the schools receive the tuition assistance for the families, the funding also has the impact and benefit of helping support the schools.
In 2017, Seeds of Hope expanded its mission beyond inner city schools so now any family who meets our income guidelines can apply for financial assistance, regardless of which of our 34 Archdiocese of Denver K-8 schools they attend.
This year, we received over 1,700 applications from families asking for help and were only able to fund 900. With many families unemployed and facing greater financial difficulties than ever before, we need heroes like you to show your support for them and Catholic education! In addition, we have a generous donor who is matching up to $25,000 of gifts we receive from Colorado Gives Day. Consider transforming a life today!
Charity Navigator, the largest and most used evaluator of nonprofits in the nation, recently awarded Seeds of Hope with an evaluation score of 98.5 for executing its mission in a fiscally responsible way while adhering to good governance and other best practices that minimize the chance of unethical activities. This puts Seeds of Hope in the highest tier of evaluated nonprofits.
Leticia Diaz is a wife and a mother to two children who attend Catholic schools in Denver. Her oldest child attends Arrupe Jesuit High School and her youngest Elisa is entering the 6th grade at Assumption Catholic School. Elisa receives aid from Seeds of Hope to assist with the cost of her tuition.
Leticia says that Assumption's community is one of the things they love most about Assumption. Leticia works in the cafeteria at the school and, like everyone else there, treats the students like they're her own. The school focuses on the whole person -- the faculty and staff really understand their students. The family says they haven't had any experiences with bullying, something they believe sets Assumption apart from public schools.
In addition to Elisa's positive social experiences, Leticia says she loves the spiritual formation at Assumption. Elisa is a very loving girl who is always kind to people and animals. This, Leticia claims, is due in part to Assumption teaching students to love one another.
Leticia is grateful to Seeds of Hope for the assistance they receive so Elisa can attend Assumption. As a working mother, even though her husband has a full-time job, sometimes it's hard to manage. Seeds of Hope is a huge help, she says. Even more, to her, it's not just about the money…it's about helping people receive a quality education that prepares them for life.