Retired bookkeeper leaves $7.5 million to Catholic schools

Hot on the heels of this story, about a couple who left millions to the church, comes this item, which may be even more surprising:

A former bookkeeper has left $7.5 million to Aquinas Catholic Schools in La Crosse — the largest donation in the schools’ history.

James Kiffe was a 1942 graduate of Aquinas and died in October at age 87. Kiffe worked at Northern Engraving and was a savvy investor. He belonged to the Coulee Investment Club for more than 45 years.

Aquinas president Kurt Nelson says more students will qualify for financial aid because of Kiffe’s gift and those that already use it will receive more assistance.

Read more about his background and his generosity here.


  1. In light of the school closings going on in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, it’s nice to see a good news story about our Catholic schools.

  2. pagansister says:

    Interesting he gave all that to the Catholic schools. A great gesture for sure, but I wonder why all of it? There are so many other organizations that could use some more money also—research on so many diseases/ illnesses etc. Obviously his money and his decision.

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