Purpose & History
The Catholic Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization that receives and manages assets to provide perpetual funding for the parishes, schools and ministries within the 23-county Diocese of Columbus. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is comprised of Church, business and civic leaders who represent various regions of the diocese. President & CEO Loren P. Brown leads a team of professional staff members who manage the day-to-day operations and steward the investment of assets, grants and endowment distributions. Learn today about how you can Leave Your Legacy.
In Christ, The Catholic Foundation inspires giving and assists donors to provide for the long-term needs of the Diocese of Columbus.
Who We Serve
The Catholic Foundation assists donors in creating a meaningful and lasting impact through planned giving and charitable fund management. Additionally, the Foundation works closely with the charitable entities that the donors designate as beneficiaries, as well as with Catholic organizations who apply for grants.
Why Choose Us
The Catholic Foundation offers Catholics a way to leave their legacy uniquely aligned with their Catholic values and beliefs. Donors enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that their gift directly supports the Catholic organizations that they choose. Additionally, the Foundation invests all funds in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops guidelines for Socially Responsible Investments.
In 1985, Bishop James A. Griffin, along with other clergy and lay leaders in the community, understood the need for a separate organization to hold assets for the future needs of the Diocese of Columbus. Today, the Foundation services over 850 funds and manages more than $160 million in assets, benefiting the diocese.
In 1990, the Board of Trustees launched a campaign to fund an endowment to finance the operations of The Catholic Foundation. These Founders played a critical role in the Foundation’s mission expansion which now includes unrestricted grant-making. Read more about our Founders and consider joining the club.