About the Catholic Community Foundation

  • 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 $70 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 $3.7 million in Catholic high school scholarships.

    The Catholic Community Foundation currently manages endowment funds for more than 120 agencies, including over 81 parishes, 31 schools, 11 Catholic agencies, and provides opportunities for individuals, families, and organizations to leave a legacy of giving to support future needs in perpetuity.