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Scholarship Fund donation credit goes to 75% in 2016 with a two year pledge. Not all Catholic families can afford to send their children to Catholic Schools.  Please consider a donation to the Catholic Schools Opportunity Scholarship Fund. Please continue to read this article as it has important facts about the benefits of your donation. Read the Full Story
2017 Pastoral Music & Fine Art Grants Applications Deadline The 2017 Pastoral Music & Fine Art Grant Applications are due on January 12, 2017. The Catholic Foundation awarded $67,184.45 in Pastoral Music & Fine Art grants to 21 parishes and schools in the Archdiocese in 2016.  This will be the third year of the grants program after establishing a Pastoral Music & Arts Endowment Fund over five years ago. Read the Full Story
2016 Educational Grants Awarded Catholic Foundation 2016 Educational Grants Awarded The Catholic Foundation annually awards Grants in support of Education related projects to parishes, schools and religious education programs throughout the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. In addition to program materials, many of the grant requests have focused on computers and technology as a means of engaging more students in the educational process. Read the Full Story
CFO Golf Classic Supports Catholic Schools Save the date for the Catholic Foundation's 2017 Golf Classic. It will be held on Monday, May 22, 2017 at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.  Stay tuned for more details for this exciting new location and date.   To recap, the Catholic Foundation’s 15th Annual Golf Classic was a great day of golf, fellowship and dedication to support of our Catholic Schools and Catholic Education in the Archdiocese. Read the Full Story
Catholic Foundation Turns 50 Years Old The Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma turns 50 years old on December 10, 2015.  The Foundation was organized under the leadership of Bishop Victor J. Reed as a non-profit corporation in 1965 to serve the people of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Conceived to augment the work of The Bishop's Fund, it was formed for the purpose of procuring and building endowment funds and to serve as a permanent organization for the administration of funds given to benefit the work of the Roman Catholic Church in the state of Oklahoma. At the organizational meeting of the newly formed Foundation, Father Stephen A. MacAulay explained, "The Foundation assists in channeling charitable donations in a more effective and official manner to any diocesan institution designated by the donor or by the Foundation. Wishes of the donor are strictly observed in distribution of funds. The charitable donations are rigidly protected and safeguarded by the Foundation..."  Happy Anniversary     Read the Full Story
IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts for 2016 The IRA charitable rollover allowing donors to make qualified charitable distributions of up to $100,000 per year from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) was made permanent in legislation enacted in December 2015. Now virtually every IRA holder aged 70-1/2 or older can benefit from this giving opportunity. Read the Full Story
Catholic Foundation Board 2016 The 2016 Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma Board of Directors met on May 20, 2016, at the new Catholic Charities Headquarters in Oklahoma City, for its Quarterly Board Meeting. Those attending the meeting included Read the Full Story
Educators of the Year 2014 Awarded The Catholic Foundation has awarded the 2014 Religious Educator of the Year Award to Bryan Hooper, Outreach Ministries Coordinator at St. John Nepomuk Church, Yukon, at the Catechetical Congress in late September. In addition, at the Fall Teacher In-Service day at the Catholic Pastoral Center, the Catholic Foundation awarded its 2014 Catholic School Educator of the Year Award to Deborah Bergman, kindergarden grade teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School, Oklahoma City.   Read the Full Story
2015 College Scholarships Announced The Catholic Foundation recently announced the awarding of over $138,000 in college scholarships to 90 Catholic students in the Archdiocese. Students receiving Catholic Foundation Scholarships for the 2015-16 school year are Taylor Allen, Saint John the Baptist – Edmond, OSU; Garrett Bannister, Saint John Nepomuk – Yukon, Saint Gregory’s University; Zachary L. Berntsen, St Ann – Elgin, USAO Chickasha; Read the Full Story
Endowment Building to grow our Church In the Old Testament, the Jews were instructed to take their tithes" to the storehouse," which was the temple — the center of religion for the entire country. Today, since the Body of Christ has so many manifestations (your parish, schools and colleges, many Catholic ministries, hospitals, relief agencies, etc.), people can choose where their gifts should go. The Catholic Church teaches Read the Full Story

Investing in the Future of Our Faith

Planned Gifts provide the resources that create extraordinary opportunities and preserve our faith for the future.

The programs of the Catholic Foundation depend upon your Planned Giving and Generosity. To that end, there are a myriad of easy Gifting Options from which you can choose - from naming the Catholic church as a beneficiary in your Will to a more complex Trust arrangement. These gifts can establish named endowments in support of a particular parish, its ministries and/or school. These gifts could be used to underwrite the cost of a specific Archdiocesan program or reduce the cost of tuition at one of our high schools or elementary schools. The choice is yours as an Ultimate Act of Stewardship benefiting the Catholic church.

The Catholic Foundation website is easy-to-understand and will assist you in finding the Planned Giving alternative that is best suited for your individual circumstances. Thank you for visiting our site and for your ongoing support as we continue Investing in the Future of Our Faith.

Barney Semtner
Executive Director

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