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Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson

The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson is the official fundraising entity for the Diocese, including its parishes, schools, and ministries. The Catholic Foundation is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization, governed by its own Board of Directors.

Our Mission

The mission of the Catholic Foundation is to educate, motivate, and invigorate stewardship within the Diocese of Tucson, to garner resources in a fiscally transparent and responsible manner, and to manage and distribute solicited gift for the immediate and long term needs of the faith community of the Diocese.

Our Vision

The Catholic Foundation’s vision is to create opportunities to grow and establish the reign of God by enhancing God’s presence in the hearts of all people. (From the Catholic Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Celebration.)

Our Core Values

At the Catholic Foundation, we strive to be:

  • Mission-driven
  • Accountable
  • Fiscally and organizationally transparent
  • Donor-focused

The Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Tucson abides by the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Code of Ethical Standards.

How We Serve the Catholic and Local Communities

  • Build endowment funds for the long-term sustainability of the local Catholic Church
  • Help donors achieve their philanthropic goals
  • Invest funds responsibly, according to Catholic values

Board of Directors

Most Reverend Edward Weisenburger
Bishop of Tucson

John Tellmann

Robert Sullivan
Vice Chair

Alex Miramontez

Les Orchekowsky

Caitlin Sklar
Denis Fitzgibbons
Donal Drayne
Jeanne Gale
John Meurant
Kevin Boesen
Luis Parra
Marilou Lopez
Mary Anne Fay
Mary Garrett
Pat Kambourian, Immediate Past Chair
Reverend John Lyons
Reverend Monsignor Domenico Pinti
Sergio Cardona
Steve Borden


Reverend Monsignor Jeremiah McCarthy
Moderator of the Curia

Deacon Gregory Henderson
Chief Financial Officer

Foundation Staff

Ernie Nedder
Interim Executive Director

Suzanne V. Hopkins, CFRE
Annual Catholic Appeal Manager

Katheryn Hutchinson
Program Manager for Grants

Carla Smith
Data Entry Specialist

Samuel Kiser
Foundation Support Specialist

Financial Statements

2018 Audited Financials
2017 Audited Financials
2016 Audited Financials

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