Community Support

While St. Mary’s School for the Deaf is primarily funded through the State of New York, recent budgetary concerns have hit our School. We are always in need of additional funds to support the many School programs and services that the State of New York does not cover. There are many ways that you can support St. Mary’s School for the Deaf:

Become a Corporate Partner:

We are excited to offer a new Corporate Partnership Program. Every partnership is unique and may include supporting our Annual Appeal, sponsoring an event, obtaining naming rights to a room on our campus, funding a particular area of need, making in-kind donations or volunteering. If you or your company is interested in becoming a sponsor, click HERE to learn more.

Leave a lasting memory with our Brick Campaign:

The walkway where your brick would be located leads to a statue of Abbe de L’Epee (who opened the first school for the deaf in Paris, France). This bronze monument is the work of Eugene A. Hannon, a deaf sculptor, who began his study of art as a student at St. Mary’s School for the Deaf. Buying a brick along this walkway is a great way to commemorate an important piece of St. Mary’s history. We offer two brick sizes: 6" X 9" ($150) and 12" X 12" ($300). Click HERE to download a copy of our brochure for more information!

Donate to our Annual Appeal:

Each year in late November – December, we run an Annual Appeal Campaign via the Foundation for Deaf Education. If you would like to be added to our mailing list, please e-mail us at

Donate "In Memory of" a Friend/Family Member Who Has Passed Away:

Families often ask for donations/memorials to be made to St. Mary's School for the Deaf when a loved one has passed away, in lieu of flowers. In order to make a donation, checks can be made payable to the School at the address below. Please put in the memo line of the check what the donation is for (e.g., "In Memory of _______").

Donations can be sent to:
St. Mary's School for the Deaf Foundation
2253 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14214
Attn: Margaret Phillips, Executive Director

Attend One of our Fundraising Events:

Throughout the year, we host numerous fundraising events that are always a great time! Our Annual Fundraisers are:

  • Tray Auction: This annual Basket Auction featuring hundreds of items helps our Juniors and Seniors raise money for their class activities. Stay tuned for details on this year's event!
  • Annual Awards Dinner & Auction: This event is SMSD's biggest fundraiser and is a fun night out for all who participate. The evening features three auctions: Basket, Silent and Live.  Last year's event, at Kleinhan's, was a resounding success!

Other fundraisers come up throughout the year. Check our Calendar for all the latest events happening at the School!  

Purchase a Piece of Jewelry from the Reeds Jenss "Embrace The Difference" Line:

St. Mary's School for the Deaf was recently added to the list of organizations who will receive funds from The Embrace The Difference line of jewelry. $30 from each piece purchased can be earmarked for our School. You will be asked when making the purchase which organization you want to designate the money to. Thank you to Robyn Zimmer and Embrace The Difference for adding us to their list!

Send us Your Boxtops:

St. Mary's School for the Deaf collects "Boxtops for Education" labels to help raise money for School programs and services. Boxtops can be found on various products that you may purchase on a regular basis. Please send these to the School, Attn: Elementary Department. The boxtops really do add up! 




We Appreciate Your Support !