Endowments and programs within the Catholic Foundation include funds for elementary and high school scholarships, a special scholarship endowment for Hispanic students, two endowments for a special learning centers that serve both children and adults with special needs, and some parish and school endowment funds. These programs serve all individuals regardless of their religious affiliations and many non-Catholic children attend the elementary and high schools.
More than 80 percent of the endowments managed by the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania are education related. Many of the funds were started with a focus on preserving access to a Catholic school education. Individual donors and parishes knew that the best way to ensure future funding for scholarships and education programs was to invest in an endowment.
The Catholic Foundation has helped individual donors, educational institutions, organizations, and parishes to recognize endowments as a means to support their causes, not only today, but for future generations. A school or scholarship endowment means that income will be available year after year, and often bridges the gap between tuition revenue and other contributed revenue such as special events and annual funds.