Donate To Nativity Preparatory School

Nativity Preparatory School is an independent, tuition-free middle school for boys from low income areas in Greater New Bedford.  The school receives no state or federal funding and received initial start up support from the Highland Street Foundation.  Continued funding for Nativity comes from individuals, businesses and foundation and fundraising events in the spring and fall.

There are several opportunities for donors to support Nativity.  All gifts to Nativity Preparatory School are tax deductible, and gifts of any size or amount are welcome and greatly appreciated.

Nativity's Annual Appeal

As an independent, private middle school, we receive NO state or federal funding.  We rely on the support of foundations and individuals to keep Nativity going day in and day out.  With careful management, we are able to maintain an annual budget of $939,000.

Our statistics are worthy:  All of our 182 Nativity Prep alumni have moved onto high school with a 95% graduation rate. While 80% of those Nativity students enrolled in college, the other 15% graduated from high school and entered the military or work force, many in trades that they majored in at vocational technical high schools.

Please consider supporting the Nativity Prep Annual Appeal this year.  Our “Nativity Gentlemen” deserve a chance to grow and prosper during these significant middle school years.  We thank you for investing in excellence in education!!

Capital Campaign

Nativity2020 – Sustaining Our Future/Sustaining our Promise

Nativity Preparatory School New Bedford announces Phase 2 of our capital campaign:

Nativity2020: Sustaining Our Future/Sustaining our Promise.

We are now beginning a second phase of Nativity2020 campaign that will continue the momentum of our very successful Phase 1.  Our target is to raise $2,020,000 by the year 2020, Nativity’s 20th anniversary.  Through this effort, we will build support for Nativity’s sustainable future.  As we continue to adapt and evolve as a school, we must be able to respond to new challenges and emerging needs affecting our school.  In other words, we must be able to preserve and improve our physical facilities and technological capacity while enhancing our commitment to our Nativity Community.

Donor Recognition Options are available. All donors at the $2,500 level and above will have their name permanently etched on our campaign sign in our school lobby. For more information or with any questions, please contact Garrett Gryska, Director of Advancement, at 508-994-3800 x31 or

To Make a donation to our capital campaign, Please click on the link below to take you to the pledge form. Please mail this form and donation directly to Nativity Prep at the address provided. Thank you for helping to sustain Nativity's future and our promise to the future.


Nativity’s sustainability fund will allows us to increase our fiscal capacity to meet a greater commitment to the community by supporting the maintenance needs of our school building and faculty housing. $200,000 goal


We must support the continuing development of our AmeriCorps teachers. This portion of our sustainability fund underscores our commitment to the ongoing development of our teachers, who are essential for students’ success. The Faculty Fellowship portion of this fund will support those exceptional Ameri-Corps teachers retained for a third and fourth year. These senior fellows provide continuity and guidance for new teachers. Since they are no longer considered AmeriCorps sponsored, Nativity Prep must provide their salaries in addition to room and board and health insurance. $250,000 goal


This fund will focus on student involvement and activities in the New Bedford community. Nativity’s proximity to institutions of higher learning, city government, businesses, and non-profits present important opportunities for our students to grow through partnerships and experiences and develop a spirit of giving back to their community. $50,000 goal

Student Sponsorships

The cost to sponsor student at Nativity for one year is $5,000. A sponsorship can be provided in one of several ways.

  • Full Sponsorship - $5,000 for one year
  • Partial Sponsorship - $2,500 for one year
  • Group Sponsorship - Several individuals collectively sponsor one student by sharing the $5,000 sponsorship

Sponsors receive regular updates from Nativity on the progress of their student. Sponsors also receive student written letters and invitations to various school events, including the annual science and social studies fairs.

The student sponsorship program is designed to provide donors with the knowledge that their support is having a significant impact on the education of a young boy.

Teacher Sponsorships

The cost of a teacher sponsorship is $10,000.

Nativity teachers are all recent college graduates. In return for their work they receive a stipend, housing, and health insurance from Nativity Prep. Nativity faculty take part in the Americorps Program and are eligible to receive a grant for their first two years of service.

Program / Team Sponsorships

Persons interested in supporting Nativity can also contribute to specific programs, including the arts, music, and athletics.


  • Music program - $2,500
  • Art program - $2,500
  • Athletic Teams - $500 to $1,000

Donations of products, services or time and expertise are always welcome. At this time Nativity has a need for:

  • MEMORIAL GIFTS - As a tribute to a family member or friend, you may consider giving a gift to Nativity in their name. Nativity acknowledges all gifts and, if you wish, will honor your request to inform family members of your donation to the school.
  • RECOGNITION OF SPECIAL OCCASION GIFTS - You may wish to honor a family member or friend for a milestone in their life with a gift to Nativity. This is a thoughtful way to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, the birth of a child, or a promotion.