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About Us

Our Mission

In Christ, we transform generosity into real-world impact by investing in the future of parishes, education, vocations, and ministries in our Catholic community

The Catholic Foundation exists to connect Catholics with the profound joy that comes with Christ-inspired generosity.  We meet our donors wherever they are in their charitable journey and turn their gifts into real-world impact.  As experts in philanthropy, we help our donors support their favorite causes through Catholic-aligned investments.

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The first parish endowment was established in 1988 for Holy Trinity in West Portsmouth.

Our Story

Established in 1984

The Foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Columbus was founded in 1984. It was the inspiration of John Sauter, Richard Stedman, and Robert Morosky, who approached Bishop James A. Griffin with the concept of establishing an independent corporation to manage perpetual endowments for the parishes, schools, and other ministries within the diocese of Columbus.

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Four Pillars Of Giving


Within the 23-county diocese of Columbus, we partner with the faithful to multiply inspired generosity through the strategic investment of parish endowment funds and assist in meeting the needs of the local community of Catholic believers.


Catholic education is the cradle of evangelization. We support learning beginning with pre-school, extending from kindergarten through elementary, middle and high schools to Catholic colleges and universities. We also support Parish School of Religion (PSR) programming for students learning to enrich their faith outside of Catholic schools.


We have a deep and abiding commitment to ensure the faith for the future. Fostering programs that help men and women discern a religious life is one of the surest and strongest ways to support the next generation of Catholic leaders.


For the front-line ministries acting as the hands and feet of Christ, we provide funding, support, and strategic counsel to help meet their needs and advance their mission.

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Catholic-Aligned Investing

The Catholic Foundation is the only foundation in the diocese of Columbus that invests your gifts in alignment with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Our portfolios follow the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops investment policies, and we carefully screen all charitable organizations that we support to make sure they also follow Catholic teachings.

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Independent from the Diocese

The Catholic Foundation operates independently from the Catholic Diocese of Columbus but works to supports the needs and greater welfare of the Catholic community. All authority of the Foundation is vested in and exercised by our Board of Trustees.

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 We believe that giving isn’t something we have to do – it’s something we get to do as Christ’s followers.  By prudently investing personal giving, The Catholic Foundation amplifies those gifts to go further in supporting the faith-forming work of the Catholic Church throughout the 23-county diocese of Columbus.

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“Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 
2 Corinthians 9: 6-7