Once you decide to support a Catholic cause through the Independent Catholic Foundation, please consider the means through which you make your gift to achieve maximum benefit.
You can designate contributions of any amount at any time to our existing endowments shown on our Permanent Endowments webpage.
Individuals or families can memorialize loved ones with a new permanent endowment with a minimum of $10,000 payable over three years. Parish and other Catholic institutions can establish a new endowment with as little as $500. Our minimum to create a Donor-Advised Fund is $25,000. You may preview a sample endowment agreement and a new endowment worksheet by visiting our Permanent Endowments page.
Cash – The easiest method to give is by personal check payable to the “Independent Catholic Foundation,” 3618 Fifth Avenue Suite 1, Altoona, PA 16602. Please print the Mail-In Donation Form below.
Credit/Debit Card – To make an electronic gift with a check, debit or credit card, click Donate and use the free-form comment box to explain how we should distribute your gift among one or more existing endowments.
Alternative contribution sources include appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds, Individual Retirement Account (IRA) qualified charitable distributions, and many more. To donate stocks or mutual funds, please download our “Donating Securities” document shown below and share it with your broker.
Retirement IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions are tax-free distributions directly from a traditional or Roth IRA account (other than a SEP or Simple IRA) to a nonprofit organization (such as the Foundation, your parish, etc.). QCDs may be made if you have already celebrated your 70-1/2 birthday. Such distributions count toward your Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). Additional information is available in IRS Publication 590-B. Please download our “Donating from IRAs” document below, then consult a professional advisor to determine your situation.
To explore how you can plan your Catholic legacy gift through a Last Will, charitable trust or other means, please visit our Give Later pages.