Padua Academy

Influential organizations inspire others to advocate for their causes, and they build alliances and networks that highly leverage their own resources. Among other means, they achieve these things through engaged, attentive boards of directors, and by telling their stories in compelling ways, consistently conveying their messages to their stakeholders, partners, opinion-shapers, and the general public.

Padua Academy is a Catholic all-girls college preparatory school in Wilmington, DE, founded in 1954 by Rev. Joseph L. McCoy, O.S.F.S. and built by the members of St. Anthony of Padua parish. With a long tradition of producing young women of conviction, fortitude, and intellectual distinction, Padua has been named one of the top 50 Catholic schools in the country.

The staff at Padua Academy first reached out to American Philanthropic in 2010 when planning for their inaugural Dinner in Honor of Women’s Achievement. American Philanthropic provided advertisements, invitations, programs, signage, and even a PowerPoint presentation for the dinner—giving Padua messaging and design services that could take their fundraising efforts to the next level of professionalism and impact.

Since then, American Philanthropic has regularly worked with Padua, designing their annual report, student handbook, alumni magazine, Christmas card, and various other brochures and advertisements. Working as a bridge between various departments within the school, American Philanthropic has helped Padua establish a strong brand and aesthetically pleasing materials that match the professionalism and prestige of Padua’s top-notch education.


American Philanthropic is registered as “fundraising counsel,” “fundraising consultants,” or other similar designations in all states requiring this kind of registration. We did not act as a “professional fundraiser” in the case cited above, meaning, among other things, that we did not at any time solicit funds, assets, or property on our client’s behalf.