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We are grateful for the generosity of our alumni and friends that demonstrates their ongoing support of Cardinal Stritch University.

Our promise to you is that your gift will be used wisely and will help to preserve our proud heritage.

There are two ways you can invest in Stritch's mission:

  • Recurring Monthly Gift. Your monthly gift is a powerful message of support. Like our dedicated faculty and staff, you will help our students achieve their academic, career and personal goals. 
  • One-Time Gift. The unprecedented times we are living in have led to unprecedented financial need among our students. Your generosity will support our students' pursuit of their dreams.
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The Stritch Fund

The Stritch Fund provides the resources that support academic programs, internships, athletics, scholarships, and a host of programs that connect our students with the heart of our Catholic, Franciscan mission.


Santa Chiara Scholarship Fund

Your gift to the Santa Chiara Fund helps preserve the legacy established by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi of ensuring access to quality higher education for all who seek it. The Santa Chiara Fund supports students "approve the better things" as they discover their purpose in life.

Tim Harper

Believers Scholarship Fund

A gift to the Believers Scholarship Fund supports Stritch's commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity. This fund helps low-income, first-generation students of color fulfill their academic dreams and help transform the communities where they live, work, serve and lead.

Dr. Mary and Ted Kellner invest $3 million in Stritch; invite Stritch family to show their support of University through Kellner Challenge Match

Dr. Mary and Ted Kellner

During the inauguration of Dr. Dan Scholz as the 10th president of Cardinal Stritch University on Oct. 5, 2021, the University announced that Dr. Mary and Ted Kellner, respected leaders in the Milwaukee business and philanthropic communities, have made a $3 million gift to support students and the University’s literacy efforts. The gift is the largest in Stritch’s 84-year history.

"Our gift to Stritch is a sign of confidence in Dr. Dan Scholz’s presidency, and the academic and administrative team he is assembling to steward the future of the University," said Dr. Mary Kellner. "It is a demonstration of our belief in Stritch, its mission and its purpose in our community."

The gift will support a number of University initiatives, including:

  • The Believers Scholarship Fund that benefits first-generation students, students of color and students who demonstrate financial need
  • Expansion of Stritch's innovative efforts around Literacy, an issue which the Kellners are passionate about
  • Diverse programs, activities and high-quality services that enhance the Stritch experience
  • The Santa Chiara Scholarship Fund, which continues the legacy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi, founders and sponsors of Stritch

The Dr. Mary and Ted Kellner Challenge Match, which encourages Stritch alumni, friends and supporters to demonstrate their support of and belief in the University, also was introduced at today’s ceremony.

“The entire Stritch family is incredibly grateful to Dr. Mary and Ted Kellner for their confidence in our University and our students,” said Dr. Scholz. “Their support has been unwavering over the last several years. Thanks to Mary and Ted, we have the opportunity to build upon the University’s legacy and provide a transformational liberal arts education in the Catholic, Franciscan tradition that prepares students for a life of leadership and service.”

Dr. Mary Kellner earned an Ed.D. in Leadership for the Advancement of Learning and Service from Stritch in 2007. She has served on the University’s Board of Trustees since 2009. Mary and her daughter, Dr. Kristin Schultz, ’13, who earned a Ph.D. in Leadership with a focus on Clinical Depression and Meaning Making, are the first mother-daughter doctoral degree recipients in Stritch history.

Ted Kellner is Chairman and CEO of T&M Partners, a holding company for personal investments. In 1980, Ted co-founded Fiduciary Management, Inc., a $20 billion money management firm headquartered in Milwaukee. In 1984 he co-founded Fiduciary Real Estate Development, a real estate firm that today oversees $1.7 billion in assets, which consists primarily of over 8000 multi family apartment units in Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota. He is Executive Chairman of Fiduciary Real Estate Development. In addition to his professional work, Ted has long served as a philanthropic leader in the state of Wisconsin. He continues to serve on he boards of Children’s Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the UW Foundation. Mary and Ted’s generosity over the years has often focused on enhancing opportunities for those pursuing their educational dreams - from grade school through graduate and professional programs.

There are several secure and convenient ways for you to make a gift to Cardinal Stritch University

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Your employer may offer a corporate matching gift program. 

Visit our matching gifts page to learn if you are eligible.

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The Franciscan Heritage Society

Stritch's Franciscan Heritage Society recognizes individuals who have remembered the University in their estate plans or who have established endowed scholarships.

Making a planned gift can be as easy as changing your life insurance or retirement plan beneficiary designation to include Cardinal Stritch University in part or on the whole.

For more information or discuss becoming a Franciscan Heritage Society member, please contact:

Chris Lange

Senior Advancement Officer

Institutional Advancement and External Relations

(414) 410-4210

Kristen L. Padovano

Associate Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

Institutional Advancement and External Relations

(414) 410-4924