Endowments

What is an Endowment?

Endowments are essential to an organization’s financial viability. An endowment is a permanent fund invested for the benefit of a particular purpose. Funds are granted only from the investment earned by the fund, never its capital. Therefore, an endowment donation gives perpetually, providing Forever Value to its beneficiary.

The Foundation offers endowments that are designated for a particular organization or purpose as well as those set up for the benefit of a field of interest.

Would you like to start an endowment for a Catholic organization or ministry you love? Contact the Foundation at 408.995.5219 or info@cfoscc.org to get more information!

Field of Interest Endowments

Field of Interest Endowments offer grants for programs that fall under the category specified by the endowment. Applications from qualified organizations are accepted annually in February/March. For more information about the Foundation’s Spring Grant Cycle, visit our grants page.

Apolonia Andre Fund for Liturgical Music

The Eucharist is central to Catholic life. One important aspect of this worship is music. This fund supports the development of parish liturgical music programs, aimed at enriching parish worship life and strengthening our communities around the Eucharistic celebration.

Parish Outreach

As a people of God we are called to minister to those in need. Our parishes respond to that call with numerous and comprehensive community service programs. This fund allows us to support our parish social ministries, increasing their outreach and effectiveness.

Pastoral Ministry Training & Formation

On any given Sunday, 100,000 Catholics attend Mass at one of our parishes or mission sites. The Eucharist, sacraments, adult faith formation classes and our service to the poor are at the heart of our ministry. This endowment grants funds in support of faith formation programs, the Small Christian Communities prayer and study groups, the JustFaith program, and others.

Parish Stewardship

Through enhanced stewardship, our parishes and diocese gain support that leads to greater financial stability. This fund grants in support of parish efforts to increase stewardship.


Designated Endowments

A Designated Endowment names one specific organization, program or ministry as the beneficiary of annual grants from the fund.

Catholic Charities

Catholic Charities is our Catholic social service organization, providing numerous services to those in need in the community. This fund assists in the organization’s effectiveness and efficiency by granting approximately 25% of the annual unrestricted monies necessary to sustain its vital programs.

Diaconate Training

Permanent deacons baptize, preach, and preside at weddings and funerals, as well as participate in a wide-array of ministries and services. Their work becomes increasingly important in the face of a growing priest shortage. This fund provides monies necessary for the education and training in support of deacons’ ministry.

Catholic Extension

Catholic Extension currently supports 91 mission dioceses, nearly half of the total number of dioceses across the United States. In these dioceses, the Catholic faith is thriving but resources are scarce. Catholic Extension’s mission is to invest in people, ministries and churches by supporting a variety of needs. These include seminarian education, lay leadership training, youth and young adult ministries, salaries for priests and women religious, and more.

Lay Leadership

The Institute for Leadership in Ministry (ILM) trains lay leaders to serve in parishes. It provides an intense three-year program of theology, scripture study, and pastoral practice. 93% of our parishes currently benefit from current or former ILM students.

Loaves and Fishes

The Loaves and Fishes Endowment Fund benefits the Loaves and Fishes Family Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that provides nutritious prepared meals that are delivered and served to disadvantaged individuals with a special concern for families, seniors and the homeless.

Saint Joseph the Builder - CCF Unrestricted

The Saint Joseph the Builder Endowment is the unrestricted endowment of the Catholic Community Foundation. The Board of the Foundation determines the use of these funds each year.

Seminarian Training

The financial cost for the diocese to prepare young men for the priesthood is approximately $27,000 per year for each seminarian. This funds reduces financial barriers to young seeking to respond to the Lord’s call.

Social Justice Education

Our Catholic faith calls us to seek social justice and equality for our neighbors. This fund grants to educational efforts of the Office of Evangelization, Justice, and Peace to inspire and educate lay leadership at the parish level to act in the name of justice and to understand our Gospel call to discipleship.

Young Adult Ministry

We nurture and support our youth to be faith-filled leaders for future generations. Our youth programs emphasis religious education and faith formation for this purpose. This fund grants to ministries that engage the young adult community.

Youth Ministry

Over 18,000 children are enrolled in our religious education programs each year. This fund supports the Office of Pastoral Ministry for the purpose of preparing Coordinators and Directors of Religious Education, Directors of Liturgy and Youth Ministry to be effective teachers to our children.


Education/School Designated Endowments

Catholic Education Tuition Assistance

Catholic schools are an integral partner with parents in the upbringing and faith formation of our community’s youth. Unmatched academic excellence, discipline and values, makes Catholic schools a valuable and necessary good for future generations. However, as demand increases operating costs, tuition increases unfortunately restrict access to Catholic education for many families in need. This fund has allowed the Diocese to double its ability to provide aid to those who request it, offering 80% of those seeking tuition aid access to Catholic education.

Holy Spirit School

This fund supports the general operations of the Holy Spirit School.

Donate to the Holy Spirit School Endowment Fund here.

Notre Dame High School

The Notre Dame Education Fund is established for the purpose of providing financial support to qualified students deserving of a Notre Dame High School education and in need of financial support.

Saint Clare School Sports

This endowment will support the sports programs at Saint Clare School.

Saint Frances Cabrini School

This endowment will support the general operations of Saint Frances Cabrini School.

Donate to the Saint Frances Cabrini School Endowment Fund here.

Saint Lucy School

This endowment will support the general operations of Saint Lucy School.

Donate to the Saint Lucy School Endowment Fund here.


Parish Designated Endowments

Parish Repair & Refurbishment

As our parishes continue to age many have a growing need for refurbishment and repair. This fund grants in support of local parish repair and update needs.

Ann Cretin Endowment for Service to Saint Catherine

The Ann Cretin Endowment for Service supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Ann Cretin for Service Endowment to Saint Catherine Fund here.

Cathedral Basilica Operating

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Cathedral Basilica Parish Operating Endowment Fund here.

Cathedral Basilica Preservation

In 2003, the Cathedral Basilica Parish celebrated 200 years of service to our Catholic community. It serves as a parish worship center and also hosts hundreds of diocesan celebrations including ordinations, confirmations, youth events and other ceremonies. This fund helps to preserve and maintain this historic landmark.

Catholic Community at Stanford

The Catholic Community at Stanford Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Catholic Community at Stanford Endowment Fund here.

Glover (Bill & Nancy) Endowment for St. Julie's Parish Outreach & Immersion

This endowment supports the outreach and immersion programs at St. Julie’s.

Holy Family Parish

This fund supports the general operations of the Holy Family Parish.

Donate to the Holy Family Parish Endowment Fund here.

Holy Korean Martyrs

The Holy Korean Martyrs Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Holy Korean Martyrs Parish Endowment here.

Holy Spirit Parish

The Holy Spirit Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Holy Spirit Parish Endowment Fund here.

Most Holy Trinity Parish

The Most Holy Trinity Parish Endowment supports the general operations of Most Holy Trinity Parish.

Donate to the endowment here.

Nachazel (Bill & Louise) Memorial Endowment for Saint John the Baptist

The Bill & Louise Nachazel Memorial Endowment for Saint John the Baptist supports the general operations of Saint John the Baptist Parish.

Donate to the endowment here.

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Endowment supports the operations of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish.

Donate to the Endowment here.

Our Lady of Refuge

This fund supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Our Lady of Refuge Parish Endowment Fund here.

Our Lady Star of the Sea

This fund supports the general operations of the Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish.

Donate to the Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Endowment Fund here.

Sacred Heart of Jesus

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Endowment Fund here.

Sacred Heart, Saratoga

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Sacred Heart, Saratoga Endowment Fund here.

Saint Anthony

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Saint Anthony Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Christopher

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Saint Christopher Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Clare

The Saint Clare Parish Endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Saint Clare Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Elizabeth

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Elizabeth Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Frances Cabrini Parish

This endowment will support the general operations of Saint Frances Cabrini Parish.

Donate to the Saint Frances Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Francis of Assisi

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Francis of Assisi Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint John Vianney

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. John Vianney Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Joseph of Cupertino

The Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Joseph of Cupertino Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Joseph, Mountain View

The Saint Joseph, Mountain View Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Joseph, Mountain View Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Julie Billiart

The Saint Julie Billiart Parish Operating Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Julie Billiart Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Justin

The Saint Justin Parish Operating Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the Saint Justin Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Lawrence the Martyr

The Saint Lawrence the Martyr Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Lawrence the Martyr Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Leo the Great

The Saint Leo the Great Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Leo the Great Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Lucy

The Saint Lucy Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Lucy Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Maria Goretti

The Saint Maria Goretti Parish Endowment supports the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Maria Goretti Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Martin of Tours

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Martin of Tours Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Martin, Sunnyvale

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Martin, Sunnyvale Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Endowment Fund here.

Saint Mary Parish

This endowment will support the general operations of Saint Mary Parish in Gilroy.

Donate to the St. Mary Parish Endowment here.

Saint Nicholas

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Nicholas Endowment Fund here.

Saint Simon Parish

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Simon Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Thomas of Canterbury

The Saint Thomas of Canterbury Parish Endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

The Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish Endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Endowment Fund here.

Saint William Parish

This endowment will support the general operations of the parish.

Donate to the St. William Parish Endowment Fund here.

San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission

This endowment will support the general operations of the San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission.

Donate to the San Jose Chinese Catholic Mission Endowment Fund here.


Non-Endowed Funds

New Parish Acquisition & Construction

This fund grants toward the acquisition of land and the construction of facilities to establish new parishes. A portion of the distribution is repaid by the parish, thus replenishing the fund and providing the ability to grant to our next new parish.

The Foundation manages two types of endowments, designated and field of interest:

DESIGNATED ENDOWMENT
An endowment that is established to support a designated beneficiary, such as a parish or Catholic organization. A designated endowment established in support of a parish requires a $1000 minimum donation. A designated endowment for any non-parish organization requires a $10,0000 minimum donation.

FIELD OF INTEREST ENDOWMENT
An endowment that is established to support a particular cause or area of interest, such as liturgical music or social ministry programs. A field of interest endowment requires a $100,000 minimum donation.

Endowment Agreement/Application