The Knight Fund

The Knight Fund is a critical source of revenue for Bishop O'Connell. Every dollar raised goes toward funding the exceptional academic programs that tuition alone cannot cover, providing our students with the educational tools to reach their fullest potential. We are grateful for every gift, no matter the size. The O'Connell legacy of outstanding academics and vibrant community is kept strong through the tax-deductible financial contributions of our alumni, parents, faculty and friends.

Bridging the Gap

Every young person deserves the opportunity to have a quality Catholic education. To make this a reality, we strive to keep tuition as affordable as possible. The Knight Fund bridges the critical $1,500 gap between what is charged in tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. Gifts to the Knight Fund go directly to ensure that all students receive a superior academic experience, with top-quality educators, in a lively Catholic environment.

Keeping O'Connell Strong

Strong institutions have strong annual funds. Regular support of the Knight Fund is a tangible vote of confidence for Catholic education and for Bishop O'Connell. Your gift to the Knight Fund will ensure we are able to:

  • Expand academic and extracurricular offerings
  • Hire and retain highly skilled educators
  • Enhance technology in the classroom

Ways to Give

Faithful Knights Monthly Giving Program

Provide support that O'Connell can count on! Sign up for a monthly gift and become a member of the Faithful Knights Monthly Giving Program. It is one of the most significant ways you can support the school. Click here for more information about joining the Faithful Knights.

FACTS Tuition Payment System

Current parents are encouraged to make their Knight Fund commitment at the time of registration. Payments can be made through the FACTS Tuition payment program over a ten-month period.

For questions, please contact Cynthia McLaren at 703-237-1426 or


Gifts may be made online through our secure online giving site. Click here to make a gift today.


Checks may be mailed directly to the Advancement Office at:

Bishop O'Connell High School
Knight Fund
6600 Little Falls Road
Arlington, VA 22213

United Way/Combined Federal Campaign

Knight Fund gifts can also be made through the United Way (#8273) or Combined Federal Campaign (#65190).

Appreciated Stock

Donating appreciated stock is an attractive tax-saving philanthropic gift for both donor and non-profit. Check with your tax advisor and download the diocesan stock transform form.

IRA Charitable Rollover

Take advantage of the newly enacted legislation, HR 2029, which allows people over the age of 70.5 to make tax-free gifts totaling up to $100,000 from a traditional IRA account. Find out more details by clicking here.

Matching Gifts

Individual gifts to the Knight Fund may often be doubled or even tripled through the generous support of corporate matching gifts programs.

CLICK HERE to visit our Corporate Matching Gifts database to see if your employer participates.

Contact Jenni Reamer, Manager of Annual Giving, if you need further information. Also, please let her know that you have initiated paperwork for matching funds, so we can help track the process with you. She can be reached at, or at 703-237-1439.