Now doing business as Ambassador’s Fund for Catholic Education, as approved by the Board of Directors, February 10, 2020. The mission and goals of our charitable organization, and the operation of our grant proposal process, remain the same. Further information regarding this name change will follow, as will changes to our website and associated materials.


Since its founding in November 1967, the Archdiocesan Educational Fund (AEF) has provided more than $50 million in financial support to the general educational programs and activities conducted by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia or its parishes.

What We Do


The Archdiocesan Educational Fund broadened its scope by welcoming proposals for programmatic initiatives that spur new thinking and new action in Catholic education.

The Fund board will also approach appropriate organizations with grant awards to explore solutions to various issues affecting Catholic education or youth, or to improve and raise the knowledge of our Catholic faith and make it a more meaningful part of our lives.

Our History

The Archdiocesan Educational Fund continues the mission and vision of Matthew H. McCloskey Jr. (1893-1973), whose three priorities were his family, his faith, and his friends. The building contractor and United States Ambassador to Ireland (1962-1964) believed deeply in Catholic education and in teaching people about the Catholic faith. Committed to this cause, this self-made millionaire launched this independent foundation in 1967 with a gift of $500,000 and with a primary focus on secondary education. Matt McCloskey died in 1973 at the age of 80, bequeathing more than $5 million to the philanthropic organization he founded to strengthen Catholic education across the Philadelphia region.

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