History & Mission
We aim to advance Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia through innovative programs and projects initiated by Catholic schools, colleges, parishes, and religious and other Catholic-focused organizations. We fund projects and programs that educate people in the Catholic faith, strengthen the practice of the Catholic faith, and make it a more meaningful influence in their daily lives.
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, the 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 throughout the Philadelphia region.
Founding Board of Directors
December 18, 1967
His Eminence, John Cardinal Krol, Archbishop of Philadelphia, Chairman
Most Rev. Gerald V. McDevitt, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Rev. Arthur J. Nace, Diocesan Controller
Honorable Matthew H. McCloskey Jr., President
John F. Connelly, Vice President
William K. Stewart, Esq. Treasurer and Secretary
The current board consists of eight laity and three clergy.