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Independent Catholic Foundation

Independent Catholic Foundation Central Pennsylvania's largest charitable foundation serving the Catholic community with an investment portfolio aligned with the ethical, moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church.

Please 'have faith' in your will or estate plans. ICF is a 501(c)(3) public charity governed by a board of lay trustees dedicated for providing long-term financial benefits to Catholic causes throughout the US with preference to parishes, schools, cemeteries and ministries in the geographic region of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. We accomplish this through permanent endowments and grants. Plea

Please 'have faith' in your will or estate plans. ICF is a 501(c)(3) public charity governed by a board of lay trustees dedicated for providing long-term financial benefits to Catholic causes throughout the US with preference to parishes, schools, cemeteries and ministries in the geographic region of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. We accomplish this through permanent endowments and grants. Plea

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Although Catholic Schools Week 2022 comes to an end, the ongoing impact that Catholic School alumni, parents, administra...
02/05/2022

Although Catholic Schools Week 2022 comes to an end, the ongoing impact that Catholic School alumni, parents, administrators, instructors and boards contribute is vital to all societies that value faith-based morals. Please pray for the continued success of our Catholic Schools. #CSW2022 #proclaimandteach

Thank you Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and Tony DeGol for featuring our three-decade commitment to Catholic Education in...
02/04/2022

Thank you Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and Tony DeGol for featuring our three-decade commitment to Catholic Education in the current issue of Proclaim magazine. BTW, endowment income to Catholic schools from 2020-21 to the current academic year increased from $695,693 to $800,272 - and will be even higher next year! Like and follow us to stay current with our latest news. #CSW2022 #catholicschoolsweek #proclaimandteach

May our Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education ministries “work for the salvation of all young people.” St. Joh...
01/31/2022

May our Catholic Schools and Parish Religious Education ministries “work for the salvation of all young people.” St. John Bosco, pray for us. #catholicschoolsweek

Catholic Schools Week 2022 begins today! Consider a spontaneous act of generosity, be it your time, skills or resources,...
01/30/2022

Catholic Schools Week 2022 begins today! Consider a spontaneous act of generosity, be it your time, skills or resources, to support a school.
#CatholicSchoolsWeek #CatholicEducation

With this grant, ICF has now invested $91,000 in the “Proclaim & Teach” strategic growth planning study. St. Thomas Aqui...
01/28/2022
Independent Catholic Foundation Continues Support of Catholic School Planning Process - Proclaim

With this grant, ICF has now invested $91,000 in the “Proclaim & Teach” strategic growth planning study. St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for our school administrators, faculty and families. #CatholicSchoolsWeek

Efforts are moving forward to ensure the vitality and sustainability of Catholic education in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The “To PROCLAIM and TEACH” strategic planning process for Catholic schools is […]

We are now accepting contributions of any amount to our new "Respect Life Endowment" for the benefit of Catholic pro-lif...
01/21/2022

We are now accepting contributions of any amount to our new "Respect Life Endowment" for the benefit of Catholic pro-life causes within the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. You may mail your gift to ICF, 3618 Fifth Ave. Suite 1, Altoona, PA 16602.
#MarchForLife #March4Life

The Altoona Mirror recently published a summary of our mission:
12/29/2021

The Altoona Mirror recently published a summary of our mission:

May you have a most Blessed Christmas! And remember, please #GoToMass
12/24/2021

May you have a most Blessed Christmas! And remember, please #GoToMass

12/23/2021

Please #GoToMass

We know that God loves a cheerful giver, but we have a hunch he also likes a spontaneous one! On this #GivingTuesday2021...
11/30/2021
#iGiveCatholic

We know that God loves a cheerful giver, but we have a hunch he also likes a spontaneous one!

On this #GivingTuesday2021, a day to celebrate philanthropy, please surprise your favorite ministry in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. (We at ICF are not benefiting from today's gifts, but encourage you to support a cherished parish, school or ministry.)

It isn't about giving until it hurts, but about giving until it feels good. Click on the link to view the Leaderboard and show your support!

https://aj.igivecatholic.org/

Join me and give back!

Congratulations to the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Class of 1971 for its recent 50th Reunion!Any interest in c...
11/05/2021

Congratulations to the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Class of 1971 for its recent 50th Reunion!

Any interest in creating a "BG Class of 1971 Scholarship Endowment"? (Asking for a few hundred friends.) 😉

34 permanent endowments invested according to the ethical, moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church are benefit...
11/04/2021

34 permanent endowments invested according to the ethical, moral and social teachings of the Catholic Church are benefitting students at Bishop McCort Catholic High School this year. We give thanks to the families, individuals and alumni classes who have made this possible! ICF Trustee Jackie Martella and CEO Chris Ringkamp present a $167,101 check to McCort Principal/CAO Tom Smith during the recent Scholarship Luncheon.

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Respect Life Endowment Fund for "the general needs of pro-life organizati...
10/25/2021

We are pleased to announce the creation of the Respect Life Endowment Fund for "the general needs of pro-life organizations whose primary purpose is to prevent abortions, to assist expectant mothers, or to foster a respect for life from the moment of conception until natural death" with preference to Catholic-sponsored causes within the geographic boundaries of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

Contributions of any amount may be mailed to us at any time to help grow this permanent endowment. Please help spread the word! Thank you!

We just couldn't resist!In reality, unlike the brief satisfaction of a pumpkin spice latte, a perpetual endowment honori...
10/18/2021

We just couldn't resist!
In reality, unlike the brief satisfaction of a pumpkin spice latte, a perpetual endowment honoring your family or a love one for the benefit of your favorite Catholic cause will produce meaningful fruit year after year for many generations. Let's begin the conversation over a cup of coffee. Simply private message us or click on the "About" tab for our phone and email address.

Congratulations to President McKeegan! Our President/CEO Chris Ringkamp was honored to witness today's joyful occasion. ...
10/08/2021

Congratulations to President McKeegan! Our President/CEO Chris Ringkamp was honored to witness today's joyful occasion. We proudly serve as stewards of the William W. Ward Scholarship Endowment and the Sisters of Mercy Healthy Initiatives Endowment. #GoMounties!

Thank you for helping us spread the word of the importance of endowment income for the benefit of Catholic Education!
09/29/2021

Thank you for helping us spread the word of the importance of endowment income for the benefit of Catholic Education!

Endowments Offer Long-term Benefits to BC - Donors makes a life-changing impact on students by providing financial aid dollars, funds for academic programs, support for athletics and activities, important capital for facilities needs and much more. Imagine the impact of making a gift that lasts forever. http://edl.io/n1499889

09/02/2021

$1,008,552
in Endowment Grants Distributed to 164 Catholic Causes and Student Scholarships since July 1!

As the academic year begins, we give thanks to the families and individuals who have made extraordinary decisions to est...
08/23/2021

As the academic year begins, we give thanks to the families and individuals who have made extraordinary decisions to establish legacy endowment funds throughout our 31 years.

Endowment income is a critical source of revenue for every school (and parish). Although more than half of our $1.52 million distribution total this year will benefit Catholic elementary schools and high schools in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, several schools could greatly benefit from meaningful endowment income. We release this report in the spirit of transparency.

Every dollar we earn and distribute is a result of our Catholic investing policy - something secular community foundations cannot achieve. We are ready to help families and individuals create Catholic legacies at any time. Thank you.

Please join us in praying for our Catholic Schools as the academic year begins. We printed 10,000 of these prayer cards ...
08/20/2021

Please join us in praying for our Catholic Schools as the academic year begins. We printed 10,000 of these prayer cards so each elementary school and high school in Altoona-Johnstown received an amount equal to 3 x enrollment. #CatholicEducation #PrayAlways

Congratulations to 26 college students from Saint Matthew Roman Catholic Church - Tyrone, PA who are receiving a total o...
08/18/2021

Congratulations to 26 college students from Saint Matthew Roman Catholic Church - Tyrone, PA who are receiving a total of $52,462.27 in fall semester scholarships from the Charles & Mildred Morningred, Suzanne (Sickler) Ohl and Bertha & Leonard Zangi Scholarship Endowments under our care.

If you are interested in creating a legacy endowment for scholarships, schools, parishes or other Catholic causes, please visit us at www.icfoundation.us or message us.

Clergy, Principals, HS Presidents, current School Board/Advisory Council Members in Altoona-Johnstown:  Today is the reg...
08/06/2021

Clergy, Principals, HS Presidents, current School Board/Advisory Council Members in Altoona-Johnstown: Today is the registration deadline to participate in Meitler's "Key Findings" presentation on August 18. Please contact your school pastor or principal for the registration link - or PM us and we will do our best to help.

Timeline Photos
07/27/2021

Timeline Photos

Second Annual Carroll Classic Golf Tournament - Save the date! The Carroll Classic will be returning to Summit Country Club on Saturday, October 9! http://edl.io/n1468209

07/06/2021
We are honored to help underwrite this critical initiative.
06/17/2021
To PROCLAIM and TEACH - June 2021 Update - Proclaim

We are honored to help underwrite this critical initiative.

Continuing with phase one of the strategic growth planning process with schools in the diocese, we of the Meitler team have completed an onsite visit with every elementary and high […]

06/13/2021
06/08/2021

All schools are enrolling now for the 2021-2022 school year! Please visit www.bishopcarroll.com for more information on BCCHS. Click on the "Bishop Carroll Grade School Partner Schools" tab under admissions for information on each grade school!

How transparent are the nonprofits you support? Do your homework by searching the 1.8 million nonprofit profiles in the ...
05/20/2021

How transparent are the nonprofits you support? Do your homework by searching the 1.8 million nonprofit profiles in the Guidestar database. While you're there, visit our "gold star" profile for our transparency re: mission, operations, financials. View our profile via this link: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/25-1625390#

“To Proclaim and Teach,” the comprehensive planning initiative for all Catholic Schools in the diocese, officially launc...
04/27/2021

“To Proclaim and Teach,” the comprehensive planning initiative for all Catholic Schools in the diocese, officially launched today. The team from Meitler will make 13 school visits this week and 4 next month. Follow the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown for periodic updates and opportunities to provide input. We are honored to underwrite this critical initiative.

On Tuesday, April 27, school administrators, pastors and school board members will participate in the hybrid launch even...
04/23/2021

On Tuesday, April 27, school administrators, pastors and school board members will participate in the hybrid launch event for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown initiative "To Proclaim and Teach."

Never before in the history of Catholic Education in this diocese have we undertaken such a comprehensive approach to planning with guidance from nationally renowned Catholic School professionals. And for this reason, we are excited to underwrite this initiative!

If you are a board member of a Catholic elementary or high school in DAJ, and have not yet registered, email or private message us for the link.

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3618 5th Ave, Ste 1
Altoona, PA
16602

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Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
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We are the only charitable foundation devoted to providing long-term financial benefits to Catholic parishes, schools, cemeteries and ministries within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. We specialize in creating and stewarding permanent endowments, each with donor-designated distributions. Please visit our website at www.icfdaj.org to learn how you can contribute to an existing permanent endowment or establish one in honor or memory of a loved one. Please remember the Church in your will.