DePaul Cristo Rey’s First-Ever Capital Campaign Exceeds Goal, Raises $20.8 Million to Transform Campus

With the first of two new buildings near completion, DePaul Cristo Rey leaders are thrilled to announce the school’s first capital campaign has surpassed its fundraising goal. The Building. Futures. Together. For a Greater Cincinnati Campaignhas raised $20.8 million in less than two years; that is $645,000 above the campaign’s goal. The campaign has been led by Cincinnati business and community leaders Cynthia and Manuel Chavez and Vicky and Rick Reynolds.


Individuals, foundations, businesses and New Market Tax Credits have all contributed to the campaign’s success. The impact is already visible on DPCR’s Clifton campus as a new student center/gymnasium/cafeteria nears summer completion. Construction will then begin on a second new facility – a three-story academic building expected to open in the summer of 2020. When the entire project is complete, all campus buildings will be connected with a reconfigured campus entrance, new parking, and the space and resources to support the academic and social needs of students. 


The amount raised over the campaign goal will fund campus improvements not in the original plans including: a new AV system in the student center, additional food service equipment and security measures, and exterior improvements to the existing buildings. 


The campaign has now moved into a second phase to raise an additional $4 million for DePaul Cristo Rey’s innovative Graduate Success Program, which provides financial and human resources to ensure college completion for all DPCR alumni. 


DePaul Cristo Rey, sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, offers a nationally recognized, dual-focus education model to students whose families need significant financial assistance to afford a private, college preparatory program. This education model, not available at any other local high school, partners challenging college preparatory academics with a Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP). It is one of 35 Catholic high schools in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network® which serves 12,000 young people.