Noteworthies: LA resident receives philanthropy award


Los Altos resident B.J. Cassin received the 2019 St. Katharine Drexel Award for exemplary contributions to Catholic philanthropy from the Foundations and Donors Interested in Activities (FADICA), a network of Catholic philanthropists in the U.S.

According to FADICA representatives, Cassin’s philanthropy has been instrumental in making Catholic education across the U.S. more accessible, especially through the Cristo Rey Network model.

The announcement came as Catholic schools throughout the nation celebrated National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 27 through Feb. 2.

The St. Katharine Drexel Award is named after the founder of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and patron saint of philanthropy. St. Katharine inherited her wealth, which she spent her lifetime giving away, particularly to build schools and support access to quality education for African-Americans and Native Americans.

Cassin founded and served as chairwoman of the Cassin Educational Initiative Foundation, launched in 2000 to establish private, college preparatory middle and high schools in economically challenged communities throughout the U.S. The foundation provided startup funds for 18 Cristo Rey high schools and 37 NativityMiguel middle schools.

More recently, Cassin co-founded The Drexel Fund, a national fund providing startup capital and advisory support for new financially sustainable faith-based and private schools like Cristo Rey Network schools.

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