Committed to the long-term strength and viability of our region’s Catholic institutions

Our Mission:

The Mission of the Independent Catholic Foundation is to be a vehicle for the people of the Body of Christ to provide financially
for the ministries of His Church and ensure the perpetuation of His ministry for current and future generations.

“Separate from, but committed to, the Diocesan Church”

The Foundation is an independent, self-governed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to the long-term strength and viability of Catholic institutions within and beyond the eight-county Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The Independent Catholic Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of dedicated lay trustees.

Endowment funds held by the Foundation are restricted for the intended purpose as determined by an irrevocable legal agreement entered into with the individual(s), parish, school or other entity initiating the endowment.

ICF Mission and Goals

Among its overall goals and objectives, the Independent Catholic Foundation is to: Provide a source through which donors can make living and testamentary gifts to benefit their charitable objectives and sustain the works of parishes, schools, agencies, ministries and outreach programs of the diocese and other Catholic entities supported by its donors.

How To Give

Donors to the Foundation may designate gifts in several ways:

* Unrestricted – The Foundation Board will direct funds where they are most needed including for endowments or grants for current expenses.

* Restricted to establish a new endowment fund – Individual, group or family gifts of $10,000 or more may be made to begin named endowments.

A Message from Our Executive Director

Thank you for visiting us today through our web site. We hope it helps you to become acquainted with the work and generosity of those who are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life within the eight counties of the Diocesan Church of Altoona-Johnstown and beyond. 

Foundation Newsletter

View or download our most recent Independent Catholic Foundation FOCUS Newsletter as well as previous issues. 

New and Noteworthy

Strong 2017 Investment Growth!

Through the efforts of its Finance Committee, portfolio manager Christian Brothers Investment Services, and consultant Cornerstone Advisors, the Independent Catholic Foundation announces that its investment portfolio increased 14.7% in calendar year 2017. With its...

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Have Faith with Year-End Giving!

A year-end charitable gift to one or more of our permanent endowments for the benefit of your most cherished Catholic causes – a parish, school, religious order or diocesan ministry – within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown will be invested in perpetuity. Each year...

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