Archdiocesan Educational Fund
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What We Do
The Archdiocesan Educational Fund encourages proposals for innovative programs that reflect new, creative thinking that will benefit students attending Catholic schools across the five-county Philadelphia archdiocese. Secondary schools will continue to be a priority preference for education funding.
Archdiocesan Educational Fund founder Matthew H. McCloskey Jr. believed deeply in the value of Catholic education, particularly in secondary education, and in initiatives that promote a better understanding and stronger observance of the Catholic faith.
For more than 40 years, the foundation he created in 1967 has supported the archdiocesan high schools by helping to defray expenses, reduce student tuitions in deserving cases, and alleviate school deficits. Additional funding expanded to include support for the four archdiocesan special education schools; Independence Mission Schools; private Catholic schools, especially those located in distressed neighborhoods and serving a disadvantaged population, and several community educational organizations. Funding since 2005, and especially since 2015, has broadened beyond operational support into programmatic initiatives proposed by individual schools and organizations.
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The Archdiocesan Educational Fund encourages proposals for innovative, creative, and sustaining programs that will broaden and deepen an understanding of our Catholic faith and assist Catholics of all ages in the practice of its values and principles in their daily lives.
Archdiocesan Educational Fund founder Matthew H. McCloskey Jr. treasured his Catholic faith. The foundation he created in 1967 had two primary purposes: support Catholic secondary education administered by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, and promote a greater knowledge, appreciation, and practice of our Catholic faith, particularly by teens and young adults.
Funding in the foundation’s first 30 years supported archdiocesan communications with parishioners, especially concerning timely issues such as nuclear arms. Grants since 2013-14 have focused on education and community outreach surrounding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, the Vocation Office for Diocesan Priesthood, Kairos retreats for high school students, a one-day faith-based program for high school sophomores, establishment of Newman Center organizations at public universities, initiatives promoting family-centered faith practices, parish leadership training, and other ministry outreach that helps Catholics live a better Catholic life by bringing them closer to God.