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Burkart Gift Established Tuition Assistance Endowment

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On Friday October 29th, members of the Monahan, Johnson, Borcher, and Goodwin families gathered at the Notre Dame football game and presented a check to Notre Dame High School in the amount of $520,481.50.  The gift was donated on behalf of the James & Naomi Burkart Charitable Remainder Trust.  The late Mr. & Mrs. Burkart were 1938 graduates of Notre Dame and had 6 children (Fos Goodwin ’63, Connie Burkart Leonard ’67, Jim ’69 Marjorie Burkart Borchers ’71 Susie Burkart Wesley ’79 and Bill ’81) attend the school.  Currently three great-grandchildren attend NDHS.

Mr. Burkart served as the first President of the Alumni Association and was inducted into the schools Hall of Honor.  He also was instrumental in fundraising efforts for the construction of the auditorium and stadium.  Because Catholic education was vitally important to the Burkarts, an endowment has been created in their name.  The James A. & Naomi G. Burkart Endowment Fund will provide funds for tuition assistance at Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is deeply grateful to the Burkarts and members of their extended family for their wonderful generosity and support of the NDHS mission and the impact it will have for future students at Notre Dame.  Mr. Goodwin hopes this gift will encourage others to remember Notre Dame High School in their planned giving. 

For more information regarding life-income gifts such as charitable remainder trusts and gift annuities, please contact Kyle Schmitt, President at or Kathy Martin, Director of Advancement & Alumni Affairs at

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