Thank You to Our Donors

Dear Marian/Mater Dei Alumni, Donors and Friends,

Thank you for your continued support and generosity to Mater Dei. We are thrilled that you are part of our mission to help educate the hearts, minds, and souls of our students.

As the new President of Mater Dei, I know that we have a wonderful legacy of providing an excellent and affordable Catholic education. Marian/Mater Dei has evolved to become the first TK-12 Catholic school in the Diocese of San Diego and the second largest private school in San Diego County. Your support is transforming the lives of our students. Every dollar raised for the Mater Dei Fund provides unrestricted funds to directly impact our students, programs, instruction, and technology to ensure the highest levels of education.

As we look forward to the next 60 years, we are proud and grateful for the generous response of our community. We continue to witness kindness and gratitude from our benefactors and plan to reinforce this culture of giving on campus, reminding our students who we are and where we come from. Put simply…We are Crusaders. We are Catholic. We are Family!

May God continue to bless you and your family now and always.


Fr. Joaquin Martinez, SJ


“I’m Marco and I’m a leukemia survivor. When I was going through my treatment, the Mater Dei community kindly lifted me up by letting me practice with the football team, sending me cards at the hospital, and praying for me everyday. The support carried me through and helped me to fight leukemia. I know what it takes to be a Crusader!”

“I’m currently at UCLA studying Biochemistry. Thanks to the Academy of Science internship I had at USD, I found a love for biochemistry. Dr. Provost at USD changed my perception of this field and helped me to see how I could use my gifts in the world. I loved working in the lab researching cancer cells. My experience at Mater Dei was rich with opportunity and potential for growth! I am blessed to say that I was able to make my family proud as a first generation Filipino American. I wanted my parents to know the sacrifices they made were worth it!”

“My Catholic education at Marian was extremely formative for me in all aspects of my life. The teachers at Marian encouraged us to use our God-given gifts, to always strive to do our best and to be Christ-centered.  I am deeply grateful for my Catholic school experience and the legacy of Marian that is carried on and even exceeded by Mater Dei. Because of my extraordinary experience at Marian, my husband and I committed early in our marriage to not only send our children to Catholic schools, but to support Catholic education in every way possible.”

How to Give

Online giving at Crusaders Giving provides a quick and secure way to make a gift to Mater Dei Catholic. We gladly accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Simplicity and ease of delivery make checks a popular type of outright charitable gift. Such as gifts may be sent to the address below.

Mater Dei Catholic, Advancement Depart., 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91913

To connect directly with the Mater Dei Catholic with any questions or to phone in a credit card gift, please contact Alejandra Saavedra at 619-423-2121 ext. 116 or at

Mater Dei Catholic now accepts gifts via Venmo; it is as easy as picking up your phone @materdeicatholic

Many employers match personal charitable gifts made by their employees to educational institutions. You may be able to take advantage of this employee benefit and double or triple your gift to Mater Dei Catholic. Check with your Human Resources Department. You may send completed matching forms with your annual gift to Mater Dei or contact Andrew Balelo at with questions.

Mater Dei Catholic, Advancement Depart., 1615 Mater Dei Drive, Chula Vista, CA 91913

Giving appreciated stock to Mater Dei Catholic is a strategic way to avoid capital gains taxes, while supporting our mission and students.

Securities can be transferred electronically by your broker to the Diocese of San Diego account. Please contact our Advancement Office with your intent to make a stock gift by contacting Alejandra Saavedra 619-423-2121 ext. 116 or at

Remembering Mater Dei Catholic in your will or living trust helps ensure that we continue our mission for years to come and that it costs nothing during your lifetime. Please consult with your financial or legal advisor. If you include Mater Dei Catholic in your plans, please use our legal name and federal tax ID.

Legal Name: Mater Dei Catholic High School of San Diego, Inc.
Federal Tax ID Number: #27-1262887

Giving Options

Celebrating a Culture of Giving



“Thank you to our generous donors who make Catholic education possible for hundreds of students each year.”

Our Advancement Team

Mr. Andrew Balelo

Director of Alumni Relations / Mater Dei Fund Manager
(619) 423-2121 x 230

Ms. Melanie Dietz

Executive Assistant to the President | Principal’s Executive

Mr. John Rey

Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving
(619) 423-2121 x 136

Alejandra Saavedra

Director of Advancement
(619) 423-2121 x 116

Mrs. Cathy Sperrazzo P’24

Director of Communications
(619) 423-2121 x 185

Ms. Denise Valdez

Major Events Coordinator | Parent Volunteer Program
(619) 423-2121 x 126