Foundation Bio

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 (now celebrating its 30th event) where special guest Cardinal O'Connor, Archbishop of New York, addressed the audience in the inaugural year

2003 - The Foundation became 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)

Today - Assets surpass $65 million, and the Foundation continues to support the religious, educational and philanthropic objectives of the Diocese of Phoenix

We have granted millions of dollars back to our Catholic community through our Annual Grants Program, and have awarded over $2 million dollars in Catholic high school scholarships.

The Catholic Community Foundation currently manages endowment funds for more than 150 agencies, including over 85 parishes, 41 schools, Catholic agencies, and provides opportunities for individuals, families, and organizations to leave a legacy of giving to support future need in perpetuity.