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Our Cotter Schools' Mission is to hold our students to the highest academic standards and challenge each of them to develop their full potential.  At Cotter Schools, we strive to model the values of faith, service, and community as we encourage and support our students. 

Did you know that one way we help keep tuition affordable for our families is through the efforts of our Annual Appeal fundraising campaign? Every year we ask our Cotter Community to help contribute funds toward this much needed appeal.

With your help, we can reach our goal of $100,000 for this year's appeal. While other Catholic schools have struggled to keep their doors open, we have been blessed to see increased enrollment. Your contribution makes the Catholic school tradition possible for our Ramblers! The gifts received during this time directly impact our students, programs, facilities, and our faculty. 

Please consider supporting Cotter Schools by making a contribution today. If you have questions or would like to make other arrangements to contribute you can contact me at or 507-453-5100. Thank you for your consideration. 


Anna Koopman, Director of Community Relations

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Each year we rely on the generosity of our alumni, parents, grandparents, employees, and friends of our school for support during our annual appeal and various fundraising events. 

We invite you to make a gift today and enhance the Cotter Schools experience for all of our students. If you are involved with a group on campus that plans to take part in a fundraising effort this school year, please take time to read our fundraising policy

For further information, contact the Advancement Office at 507-453-5100. 

Attend the Cotter Auction

The Cotter Auction is our largest social and fundraising event of the year.
This event is an entertaining, exciting, and engaging events for the Winona community that benefits our school.
Plan to attend on Saturday, April 25, 2020. More information will be available soon!


Cotter/WACS Golf Classic

The annual Cotter/WACS Classic will be on Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Bridges Golf Course.
This popular event benefits Catholic education in Winona. More information will be available soon! 

Other Types of Giving

Gifts of Cash or Securities

The most common way our generous donors give back. Cash, check, credit card or securities. You can make a one time gift or set up a monthly recurring gift. We also receive memorials and honorariums for members of our Cotter family.

Gifts of stock are a great way to get the full tax deductible value of the sale of your stock, as well as, avoid the capital gains tax. Make sure you gift the stock to Cotter Schools and don’t sell it yourself. Call us to facilitate your gift.

Some companies match gifts as well. Check with your company today!

Cash gifts can also be allocated to our students through a scholarship. In our attempt to keep tuition affordable we are blessed with generous donors who help offset the cost of educating our students.

Gifting Your Legacy

A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death, as part of a donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning. This gift leaves a lasting legacy for the future of our students and school, and be beneficial in offsetting the tax burden.

There are several ways to give: securities, annuities, charitable remainder trusts or property. Contact our office for more information on how to set up your planned giving legacy.

For More information

Contact: Mrs. Anna Koopman
Director of Community Relations
Phone: +1.507.453.5100

Cotter Schools is also proud to partner with Winona Area Catholic Schools and the Catholic Schools Foundation to make quality faith-based education available and affordable for all families.