The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania staff assists with investment strategies that support Catholic values and donor intent. It is staffed by experienced community-engagement, fundraising, non-profit professionals from business, education, and philanthropic sectors. They are uniquely qualified to assist donors and the organizations they care about in the financial investment, legal, charitable foundations, and Catholic communities.

Pete WaldronPeter V. Waldron, President

Peter V. Waldron is President of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania. He has worked more than 30 years in community involvement, marketing communications and promotions, and advertising and sponsorship sales. His project management experience includes a variety of sectors in energy and petroleum, consumer products, newspapers, government/public service, economic development, and non-profit and charitable foundations. Prior to starting with the Catholic Foundation in September 2017, Pete headed up Corporate Citizenship & Philanthropy for Cross America Partners. He has served as an appointed government official for the County of Lehigh, a national marketing consultant for The Hershey Company, and in editorial, public relations and advertising posts at The Morning Call newspapers.

Pete has held volunteer leadership positions on a variety of non-profit boards
and development committees and has assisted many Catholic organizations in their fundraising efforts including: St. Thomas More School, Allentown Central Catholic High School, Mercy School, and Mary’s Shelter. He currently serves on the following board of directors: PBS39 Foundation (Secretary), IABC Lehigh Valley (Past President), Cultural Coalition in Downtown Allentown, and the Pennsylvania Lambda Educational Foundation (President). Pete was also involved in the creation of multiple 501 (c )3 charitable foundations including the Lehigh Gas Foundation and the Cross America Partners Foundation, serving as Vice President and Executive Director for both.

He is a graduate of Penn State. Pete and his wife Terese are members of St. Thomas More Parish, Allentown.

Deborah Kipp, Director of Development

As Director of Development, Deb Kipp oversees the Partner Program for the Catholic Foundation. She works with the Foundation’s partners to help  them market and grow their endowment funds. 

Deb has more than 22 years of fundraising experience focused on endowments, capital gifts and planned giving. Prior to her position at the Catholic Foundation, she was the Senior Associate Vice President of Development for Muhlenberg College where she was a principal gift officer while managing a talented leadership, planned giving and foundation/corporate relations team.

Deb received the College’s Chairman’s Award for her efforts towards the successful conclusion of several campaigns. The Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals recognized her with their Executive Fundraiser Award for her professional accomplishments and donor centeredness.

Deb received a M.Ed. in Counseling from Kutztown University. She is a sustaining Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), a coveted credential reflecting application of ethical best practices in fundraising.

Deb is a member of the Cathedral Church of St. Catharine of Siena parish in Allentown, where she serves as a lector and as a member of the Women’s Alliance. She also volunteers on the Wildlands Conservancys development committee, the Muhlenberg College Board of Associates and for Lehigh Valley Health Network.