Spring Open House is Sunday, March 3rd

The Annual Fund

Make a gift today to help us continue providing an exceptional, authentically Catholic education for girls at Willows Academy. Thank you in advanced for your generous support!

Goals for 2023

Honoring our Fantastic Faculty

For this year’s Annual Fund, we are excited to highlight our teachers, a group of women who emulate our core values of joy, integrity, excellence, and generosity. 

We are proud of our team of highly qualified women who unite our rigorous liberal arts curriculum with faith, character, and personal formation. One of the things that really sets Willows apart is that we can boast an all-female faculty. Our teachers serve as mentors and role models for our girls and partners for our parents. 

Your donation to the Annual Fund supports these incredible women. Thank you!

Faculty Spotlights

Discover the passion and joy of our faculty: 

Michele Morris

Molly Valdez '09

Monika Culjak '16

Willows Wins

Our core values serve as the motivation and metric for how we educate girls at Willows. Over the past year, we have many Willows Wins to celebrate, including:


Centering our commitment to forming women of integrity through the implementation of a new mentoring curriculum as well as parent formation through our Raising Great Girls series.


Celebrating with our Eagles as they won regional championships in soccer,  volleyball, and basketball, and
qualified as a team for the state finals in cross country.

Academic Excellence

Striving for excellence in our liberal arts curriculum with the implementation of the Institute of Excellence in Writing curriculum in middle school and winning the AP Computer Science Principles Female Diversity Award.

House System

Launching a new house system to strengthen lasting connections with Willows traditions and friends. Students are sorted into houses named for and emphasizing the core values of Gaudium, Integritas, Excellentia, or Liberalitas.

Campus Upgrades

Completing important facilities projects including Phase 1 of a major tuckpointing project, a new gym roof, HVAC upgrades, two new buses, and a beautiful statue of the Blessed Mother.

New Uniform, Website, and Brand

Refreshing our branding, website and uniform to showcase our unique mission.

Make a Gift to the Annual Fund

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Checks made payable to Willows Academy can be delivered in person or mailed to:

Willows Academy
Attn: Maureen McNally
Business Office
1015 Rose Ave. 
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Gifts of cash may be delivered to our office at the address above.

Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable donations made by their employees. This opportunity multiplies the value of your gift to Willows. Please contact your employer to find out if your donation is eligible for a matching gift and to request a matching gift form.

If you have a donor advised fund, you can request a grant be made to Willows Academy from your fund. If your grant administrator needs verification of our tax exempt status, our EIN number is #36-2813264. Did you know you can suggest multi-year grants that are distributed on a regular schedule?

You can request an annual gift to Willows Academy Annual Fund be granted on a specific date every year. Check with your fund administrator for more information.

Have you created a final distribution plan for your donor advised fund?

You can create your legacy plan by setting up fund distributions that occur after your lifetime. Check with your fund administrator to name Willows Academy as a beneficiary of your donor advised fund after your lifetime.

Gifts of appreciated securities are a great way to support Willows. Donors receive the deduction for the value of the fair market value of the stock transferred and avoid taxes associated with capital gains on the appreciated stock.

Please contact Maureen McNally,  at 847.824.6900 x284  for instructions on supporting our school this way.

The simplest way to leave assets to Willows Academy is through your will or living trust. A sentence in your will or living trust helps ensure that Willows Academy can continue its mission for years to come.    

“I give to Willows Academy, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 1015 Rose Avenue, Des Plaines, IL, [write amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose.”

Contact NAME  for additional information on bequests or to discuss different options for including Willows Academy in your will or estate plan.

Need Assistance?

Please contact Maureen McNally at 847-824-6900 x284 or via at mmcnally@willowsacademy.org. Thank you for your support!