Champions for Quality Education (Champions) was founded to strengthen Catholic elementary schools by providing academic, enrichment and capital upgrades to ensure that students receive a top-notch, competitive academic education at their Catholic school.

For over two centuries, Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of New York have provided families with a viable alternative to public school education. Our students are able to learn in a safe, family-friendly environment wholly directed toward instilling young people with such cherished values as kindness, diligence, honesty and altruism. Catholic education produces outstanding individuals across all industries that become productive citizens and give back to the community.

An advisory board guides Champions as it continues to evolve. The program’s goal is to ensure that all regional and parish Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York deliver the programs necessary for student learning and achievement. More than 5,000 donors and 200 dedicated volunteers currently assist this effort to elevate lives, families and communities through our support.

To ensure that our schools are affordable, tuition is set far lower than the cost to educate each child. As result, many archdiocesan schools are unable to provide comprehensive programming that promotes student learning without extra fundraising support.  Our challenge, therefore, is to bridge the gap between the true cost of a quality education – and that is why we need your support.


January 1

Project YESS Founded

Project YESS (now known as the Capital Improvements Committee) is pioneered by a group of young business men and women with the intention of renovating our schools and making the necessary upgrades that would carry our schools through the technological changes at the turn of the millennium.


February 3

School Advisory Board Program Established

The School Advisory Board Program is established with the goal of recruiting committed individuals to serve on school advisory boards. School Advisory Board members provide high-level direction to school administrators by leveraging their professional expertise and networks to help advance the cause of Catholic education.


February 3

Project YESS becomes a program of Inner-City Scholarship Fund

Project YESS becomes a program of Inner-City Scholarship Fund, overseen by the FRIENDS of Inner-City Scholarship Fund Committee, dedicated to raising funds for grants to inner-city supported elementary schools in need of capital improvements and repairs.


January 3

Catholic Alumni Partnership Launches

The Catholic Alumni Partnership (CAP) launches with the intention of engaging proud alumni of Catholic schools to support, advocate, and partner with the Archdiocese to ensure the future of Catholic elementary education.


February 3

Project YESS Renamed

Project YESS is renamed the Capital Improvements Committee.


January 3

Catholic Education Advancement Office Established

The Catholic Education Advancement office is established at the Archdiocese of New York to administer Inner-City Scholarship Fund, Champions for Quality Education, and other special initiatives that raises funds to help Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York and the students who attend them.

February 3

Champions for Quality Education Launched

Champions for Quality Education, Inner-City Scholarship Fund’s sister organization, is launched to strengthen the academic excellence, enrichment offerings and operational vitality of Catholic elementary schools. It assumes management of the Capital Improvements Committee, Catholic Alumni Partnership, school advisory boards, development training and other resource generating programs.