About the Catholic Community Foundation

Established in 1983, the Catholic Community Foundation is a private 501(c)(3) not for profit financial institution whose mission is to build the future of the Faith by providing sustainable support for those who serve our community. The Foundation is also a separate canonical institution, so our donors can have peace of mind knowing their contributions are professionally invested following the USCCB compliant portfolio and are designated according to their wishes.

The Catholic Community Foundation supports our community in two ways:

Firstly, the Foundation serves as a financial and philanthropic resource for our donors by growing their charitable gifts through prudent, long-term investing practices. We provide education and consultation centered around the importance of building a sustainable and faithful financial future.

Secondly, the Foundation returns excess profits from our sound investing practices back to our community in the form of grants and scholarships. We are not a front line agency, but rather we support our community by serving those parishes, schools, and non-profits who directly help our community members. Contact us today to learn more about the Foundation! 480-651-8800

  • The Catholic Community Foundation was established in 1983.

    It began with the goal of providing ongoing financial support for the future of Catholic education and communications in the Diocese of Phoenix.

  • 1987

    Rev. Philip J. Poirier was appointed as the Foundation’s first Executive Director.

  • 1988

    The Foundation’s first Board of Directors was formed and Chairman, Jim Bruner, was appointed.

  • 1989

    First Crozier Gala where special guest Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, addressed the audience in the inaugural year.

  • 1999

    Virginia Piper Charitable Trusts gifts $5M to the Foundation.

  • 2000

    The first $1 Million Match sparks major growth for the Foundation.

  • 2003

    The Foundation became an autonomous pious entity and a separate 501(c)3 charitable foundation which allowed it to begin offering additional services to better support Catholics in the Diocese of Phoenix (including family endowments, Charitable Gift Annuities and Donor Advised Funds).

  • 2014

    The Foundation exceeds $50M in investments under management.

  • 2015

    The Catholic Community Foundation is designated a juridic, private entity.

  • 2019

    The Foundation engaged OH Predictive Insights to complete a comprehensive survey of Catholics within the Diocese.

  • 2020

    The Catholic Community Foundation relocates office buildings to Tempe, AZ.

  • Today

    Assets surpass $70 million, and the Foundation continues to support the faithful, educational and philanthropic goals of our community.

    We have granted millions of dollars back to our Catholic community through our Giving Circle and Scholarship Program.

    The Catholic Community Foundation currently manages endowment funds for more than 500 organizations and individuals, and provides opportunities for members of our community to support future needs in perpetuity.