Since 1981, the Catholic Foundation has provided the means for the people of the Diocese to build a permanent endowment for the ongoing mission and ministry of our Church. With permanent endowment funds, only the earnings are distributed; the principal remains untouched – an everlasting investment in Gospel work.
There are currently two Administrative Endowments, 21 Board Designated Endowments, and 54 Board Administered Endowments. Below you will find the purpose for each of the 77 endowments entrusted to the Catholic Foundation.
Purpose: The Cornerstone Fund, a lasting endowment, is designed to provide unrestricted support for the religious, educational and charitable works of the diocese – a gift that keeps on giving. In 2019, $14,000 was received from the estate of Margaret Buckelew toward adoption, foster care and pregnancy purposes.
Board Designated (Owned) Endowments
Purpose: Established in 1996. Support for the “works of the Lord” in the Diocese of Tucson as may be directed from time to time by the Bishop of Tucson.
Purpose: Established through a gift from a revocable trust, income from this endowment is used to help children and the elderly in the Diocese of Tucson, as well as other needs as designated by the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors and the Bishop of Tucson.
Purpose: Formally known as the Youth Ministry Endowment. Changed in 2005. The Youth Ministry Endowment was established in 1999 with proceeds from the Catholic Foundation Annual Dinner. Income is used to support youth ministry programs in the Diocese of Tucson.
Purpose: Established by Ms. Bertha Johnson in memory of her beloved brother, Joseph Baron, this endowment provides funding for counseling for married couples.
Purpose: Established in 1989 by Mrs. Sally Leonard following the death of her husband, Laumer, income from this endowment fund is used to provide tuition support for financially disadvantaged children, special projects and equipment needs.
Purpose: Established by an anonymous donor in 2010, this endowment provides scholarships to young adults in the Sierra Vista/Ft. Huachuca area seeking post high school education.
Purpose: Established by an anonymous donor in 2010, this endowment provides tuition assistance to students in the Sierra Vista/Ft. Huachuca area who attend Catholic school.
Purpose: Established in 2013. Provides scholarships for post-high school education to students from our Catholic high schools who are attending ANY college.
Purpose: The Charles G. Gallegos Family Youth Ministry Endowment was established by Deacon Charles A. Gallegos and Margaret A. Gallegos in honor of Charles G. Gallegos and Elvira C. Gallegos, for their dedicated belief in and contributions to youth ministry. This endowment provides perpetual support for Youth Ministry Retreats for young people in rural or under-resourced parishes so that they may also have the opportunity for an encounter with Christ and receive the gift of faith.
If a student is interested in applying for a scholarship to attend a retreat, they may contact Margaret Gallegos at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purpose: Established in 2015 in acknowledgment of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, supports Catholic healthcare ministry in Tucson and Southern AZ.
Board Administered (Custodial) Endowments
Purpose: This fund was established to provide support for the health and human services programs of Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona.
Purpose: Proceeds from this endowment fund assist in meeting the needs of Catholic Community Services in Cochise, Graham, Greenlee and Santa Cruz Counties.
Purpose: Established in 2007 by bequest of Lorraine Moreno. Additional monies raised by the parish will also be invested. For general use by the parish.
Purpose: Distributions made to the St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center will be expended at the direction of the Finance Committee of St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center.
Purpose: Established in 2000 to benefit charitable works at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Income to be used at the pastor’s discretion.
Purpose: Established in 2005 with monies donated to Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish to benefit the liturgy and/or religious education purposes.
Purpose: This scholarship endowment fund was established in memory of Michael H. O’Brien to provide scholarships for children of registered parishioners of St. Joseph Parish in Tucson who attend the parish school.
Purpose: This endowment fund was established in 1991 by donors to receive and hold gifts. Income from this fund goes to support various school programs and projects.
Purpose: Established by Louis J. and Lori M. Giovannini, in honor of Ms. Stella Longo, income from this endowment fund is used to support St. Cyril of Alexandria School in Tucson.
Purpose: This endowment was established in 2006 in memory of Gerard Guerin a parent at St. Cyril School. Income from this fund goes to support athletic programs at the school.
Purpose: This endowment was established through a bequest in 2002. Income from this endowment fund provides scholarships for students at Yuma Catholic High School.
Purpose: Established in 2001 by an anonymous donor. Income from this endowment fund provides scholarships for students of any family of modest means who otherwise could not afford tuition attending Yuma Catholic High School.
Purpose: At the end of each school year, a scholarship will be awarded to an 8th grade student at St. Joseph School, who will be attending a Catholic High school the following year.
Purpose: This endowment was established in 2007 in memory of Jaime Lang a parent at St. Cyril School. Income from this fund goes to support athletic programs at the school.
Purpose: Established in memory of Liesel R. Zimmt, income from this fund goes to a graduating senior from San Miguel High School to support their college education.
Purpose: Established in 2011. To support St. Vincent de Paul Society of Tucson, to use the income in support of the poor in Tucson, including, but not limited to, clothing, food, utilities, etc. This bequest is not to be used by St. Vincent de Paul Society for new building construction or remodeling of existing buildings.
Purpose: Established by St. Thomas More Society of Southern AZ in 2011. To support scholarships for law student(s) studying at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona. The Criteria and awarding of scholarships is determined by the STMS Board or committee assigned by the Board. The fund is dedicated in honor of the Honorable John Roll.
Purpose: Established in January, 2015, for the sole purpose of supporting St. John the Evangelist Catholic School to provide scholarships for tuition for one child per year.
Purpose: Established in 2015 by a gift from Arizona’s Catholic Tuition Support Organization, this fund was established to support Catholic Education within the Diocese of Tucson.
Purpose: The Robert & Isabella Duckro Endowment for Faith Formation was established by Paul N. Duckro and Lynn J. McLaughlin to support programs of Ss. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church to form adults, adolescents and children in the Catholic Faith with the goal of enlivening participation in worship and enriching lives by teaching the application of the Faith to every aspect of human experience, and sharing with other parishes the best practices to do so.