CEF Impact Report Digital 2018-19

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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,



or more than 30 years now, the Catholic Education Foundation has been changing lives and bringing hope to young people and their families in some of the most disadvantaged communities here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. To me, CEF is something special, one of those rare organizations that makes our communities stronger and more compassionate, filled with the promise of new opportunities and the spirit of new hope. CEF is a unique partnership, bringing together Catholics and other generous benefactors committed to improving the lives of those less fortunate.

Last year CEF provided tuition assistance to more than 10,000 students. But there are thousands more families waiting to send their children to Catholic schools, if they could just afford the tuition. My dream is to make a Catholic education possible for every child. With your help, this dream is in reach. We have ambitious goals for the coming year — we would like to help even more students. And I know we can do it. So, I hope you will join me in this great effort to bring this precious gift of Catholic education to more and more of our young people. I ask your prayers for my ministry, and I entrust all of you to the loving care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother. May God grant you peace and joy,

Most Reverend José H. Gomez Archbishop of Los Angeles


am pleased to present the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) Impact Report for the 2018 – 2019 school year. As a result of your generous support, CEF was able to fund more than 10,000 underserved students with tuition assistance grants totaling more than $12 million, which gave these students the opportunity to receive a Catholic education in the Archdiocese’s elementary or high schools. As we visit these schools and talk with these students, their families, their principals and teachers, we are moved by their expressions of gratitude for those donors and supporters who help to make their education possible, and their excitement and sense of hope regarding their future. It is because of you and your outpouring of support that they can hold these dreams and aspirations that go far beyond what they ever thought could be possible. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I thank you for your commitment to making a difference in so many lives. With deepest gratitude,

Timothy J. Smith President, CEF Board of Trustees

CEF served



students in the



school year:

50% 182 Catholic elementary schools

37 Catholic high schools

Enrichment programs bring the classroom

to life and add much-needed resources to our underserved elementary schools: CEF’s Big Yellow Bus CEF

of CEF students graduate from high school and meet the admission requirements to succeed in a four-year university.

8,408 students served

Art Trek

6,000 students served

Porteous Sports Equipment Program


students served

of Los Angeles Unified high school graduates meet the admissions requirements to enter four-year universities.




When Yoshua entered kindergarten, he had been diagnosed with a speech delay and showed little interest in reading. A year later, he was reading above grade level and speaking fluently. His mother credits this transformation to his teachers who embraced his whole family by providing him with individual support and giving her the tools to help her son succeed. She says proudly, “once I brought him here, they just took him to another level.”


The youngest of four children raised by a single mom, Jamileth aspires to be a teacher when she grows up. She looks up to her older sisters who are now studying at local universities and her brother who is attending a nearby Catholic high school. The strong academic foundation and emotional support offered by Catholic schools allows Jamileth and her siblings to reach their full potential.


“Going to a Catholic school has helped my siblings stay away from dangers in my community. Where I live, there are a lot of drugs and gang violence on the street. I know my siblings are in a safe place at school and are protected from that. CEF helped us by creating a pathway and an opportunity to succeed and maybe even change the community.”



The Tran Family We wanted to send our children to a good school, however, we don’t have the financial means to pay full tuition. We thank God daily, we thank Sacred Heart High School, and we thank the CEF supporters who have made our family’s dreams come true. It’s wonderful to have CEF to support the families in need, and help children, like mine, who are eager to learn. -Duong Tran, CEF Parent



Diana Tran

Diana is the youngest child of parents who immigrated to America not long after the Vietnam war. Due to injuries sustained in the war, her father is disabled. Her mother, who works at a local nail salon, is the family’s sole breadwinner. Thanks to tuition awards from CEF and financial aid from their schools, Diana and her sister Linda have blossomed through-

out their academic careers. Linda graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 2018 and now studies at UC Berkeley. Diana will graduate from Sacred Heart High School in 2020 and hopes to join her sister at Cal. In the meantime, she works hard in school and serves on the CEF Teen Auxiliary Board, raising awareness and funds for CEF in her school community.



St. Lawrence of Brindisi


Father Matt describes the Tuition estled beside Nickerson GardAwards Program as a “safety valve” ens, the largest housing project for parents. Although the tuition cost west of the Mississippi, St. is among the lowest of Archdiocesan Lawrence of Brindisi School is an oasis schools, it is still out of reach for for its students amid a chaotic and almost 90% of the school’s families. often dangerous neighborhood. Even Financial assistance from CEF is necin the classrooms, or out in the schoolessary to reach yard, it is not They come with a spirit of these students who uncommon to hear joy, but, at the same time, desperately need helicopters circling they carry with them the the safe, nurturing overhead and, trauma of a community. We environment that occasionally, the have a chance, by way of St. Lawrence prosound of rapid faith, to address some of those vides. gunfire in the issues…and opportunities to distance. help them recognize their goodThe most importness and ability to achieve. Mrs. Alicia Camaant thing that a cho, principal, and Catholic education Father Matt Father Matt Elshoff, offers, according to OFM Cap, pastor, agree that St. LawFather Matt, is hope: “In a place like rence is unique because they infuse Watts, there isn’t always a sense of the tenets of the Catholic faith into hope. There isn’t a sense of vision. every part of the education process. But the Catholic Education Foundation helps give them a vision of hope, Catholic education offers the tools for and, as a result of that, their world processing trauma. Father Matt says starts to be changed and the worlds that this “is critical in an environment of their parents as well.” where children are at great risk.” N




Celeste & Tom Von Der Ahe, Sr.


wo decades ago, the Von Der Ahe Foundation began providing annual grants to the Catholic Education Foundation when it was still a relatively new program in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Tom and Celeste have continued to give generously every year, personally and through the Von Der Ahe Foundation, providing hundreds of students with access to a Catholic education.

Tom credits his father for inspiring a legacy of giving. “I grew up in a family where my dad was very philanthropic. I try to be as philanthropic as I can, given the resources that I have. I’m just happy to be in a position to be able to do it.” Both Tom and Celeste are products of Catholic education. Celeste recalls an experience briefly attending a public school in a rough area of Los Angeles, before pleading with her mother to send her to Catholic school. She remembers walking into her new school on the first day and being greeted by the school principal: “I just felt like I was home. I know it sounds weird, but it made such a difference going to a Catholic school.” Tom and Celeste’s own children went to Catholic schools and they remain committed to ensuring that less fortunate families can have the same opportunity. The value of Catholic schools, says Celeste, “aside from great education, is the compassion they instill in all their students.” Tom is always struck by the joy he sees in the students when he visits Dolores Mission School in Boyle Heights, where he serves on a fundraising committee. Just knowing that these students get to go to a school every day where they are safe and well cared for is the greatest reward they could receive for their generosity.

Your Dollars At Work

2018-2019 School Year

14,208,746 13,003,449 1,205,297

Total Fiscal Year Expenses Tuition Awards & Programs General Operating Expenses*

100% of donations fund CEF tuition awards

*General operations including fundraising expenses are funded by our endowment.


of Corporations and Foundations $100,000 +

$1,000 - $4,999

Capital Group Companies, Inc. Caruso Family Foundation Conrad N. Hilton Foundation The Fama Family Charitable Fund The Porteous Family Foundation The Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation

Anonymous Automobile Club of Southern California Bishop Mora Salesian High School, Los Angeles Cathedral High School, Los Angeles Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles The Milias Foundation Muller Family Foundation Nativity Parish, Torrance Santa Clara High School, Oxnard St. Genevieve High School, Panorama City St. Genevieve Elementary School, Panorama City St. James Parish, Redondo Beach Watson Land Company

$25,000 - $99,999 Anonymous Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation The Steinmetz Foundation The Von Der Ahe Foundation The William R. and Virginia Hayden Foundation $10,000 - $24,999 Louis & Jane Castruccio Foundation Catholic Association of Latino Leaders The Selders Foundation Union Bank of California Foundation William H. Hannon Foundation $5,000 - $9,999 Goodwin Family Memorial Trust Norman F. Sprague, Jr. Foundation St. Joseph Parish, Los Angeles Vectis Strategies LLC R.W. Zant Company

$200 - $999 Bishop Conaty – Our Lady of Loretto High School, Los Angeles Holy Family School, Glendale Maria Regina Parish, Gardena Sacred Heart High School, Los Angeles St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School, Los Angeles

2019 Los Angeles Marathon CEF beat the odds last year by raising more than $65,000 with only a 15-person team. This year we are a


with more than 40 runnners!


in Honor and Memoriam Gifts In Honor Jacquelyn Cathcart Daniel Cathcart Thomas Hood Stephanie Younger The Sisters of Notre Dame Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Benson Most Reverend Marc V. Trudeau Lorna Saenz Gifts in Memory Thomas E. Larkin, Jr. Automobile Club of Southern California Ms. Penelope D. Foley Dr. and Mrs. John W. Given Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graziano Mr. and Mrs. Peter O'Malley Mr. and Mrs. Pete Rabbitt Ms. Amanda Wells Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Williamson

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HONOR ROLL of Individuals $100,000 + Anonymous Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Blumenthal Dr. Thomas Hood, D.D.S. Mrs. Kathleen L. McCarthy Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Nolan Mr. and Mrs. John H. Smet $25,000 – $99,999 Ms. Jennifer Caspar Mr. and Mrs. Richard A. Grant, Jr. Mrs. Terry Seidler Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas N. Weber $10,000 - $24,999 Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr. Mr.

and Mrs. David V. Adams, Sr. Stephen E. Auth and Mrs. David C. Barclay and Mrs. Thomas H. Barron H. Thomas Boyle and Mrs. Wendy Lees Dr. and Mrs. Michael J. Brennan, Ph.D. Mr. and Mrs. Jules Buenabenta Mr. and Mrs. Alex N. Chaves, Sr. Mr. and Mrs. John P. Cody Mr. and Mrs. R. Joseph DeBriyn Mrs. Mary H. Douglas Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Dretzka Mr. and Mrs. Richard M. Ferry Mr. and Mrs. Dennis M. Fraher

Dr. and Mrs. John W. Given Mr. and Mrs. Enrique J. Hernandez, Jr. Mrs. Aileen Koskovich Dr. and Mrs. J. Mario Molina Mr. and Mrs. John C. Morrissey Mr. Stephen F. Page Mr. and Mrs. Chad M. Rach Ms. Eugenia Riordan Mule Dr. and Mrs. Roberto M. Roges, D.D.S. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. Romano Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Roohan Mr. and Mrs. James P. Ryan Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Smith, III Mr. and Mrs. Timothy J. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Joseph T. Viola Mr. and Mrs. Louis T. Welsh Mr. Herman J. Wittorff Ms. Jill Wondries Mr. and Mrs. Brian Woram $5,000 - $9,999 Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Glassman Ms. Christine Foster Ms. Dolores Tukich Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Dooley Mr. and Mrs. Michael S. Feeley Mr. and Mrs. Gregory L. Givvin Mr. and Mrs. David A. Herbst Mr. and Mrs. William F. Highberger Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Huston

I just want to be an inspiration to other immigrant kids and other kids from lowincome families that don't think they have the opportunity to do something great. And I believe everyone can do something great, thanks to CEF and to schools like Salesian High School.

Mr. and Mrs. John Gordon Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Knott Mr. and Mrs. Wayne E. Kruse Dr. and Mrs. Frank M. Sanchez, Ph.D. Mrs. Sheila Muller Mrs. Gretchen A. Wayne Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Weber $1,000 - $4,999 Anonymous Mr. J. E. Alvarez Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Amos Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Andrews Mr. and Mrs. A. Victor Antola Mr. and Mrs. Joseph W. Behney Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Benson Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth E. Berg Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Berger Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Bigelow Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Boskovich, Sr. Mr. Christopher Brandt Mr. and Mrs. Mario F. Camara, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. James H. Carlin Mr. and Mrs. Joel Chen Mr. and Mrs. Barry M. Connell Mr. and Mrs. Gerald P. Cotter Dr. and Mrs. Patrick T. Dowling, M.D. Dr. Darlene C. Duncan Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Enright Mr. James M. Filar, Jr. Ms. Penelope D. Foley Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Gath Mr. and Mrs. Michael J. Gibson Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Givvin Mr. William Green Mr. and Mrs. Timothy F. Guth Mr. and Mrs. David P. Hennon Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Hook Mr. and Mrs. Stephen L. Hubbs

Mr. and Mrs. James H. Hugar Mr. Mark Kelsey Mr. and Mrs. Anthony A. Kinninger Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Knoll Mr. and Mrs. Frank A. Kolesar Mrs. Patricia C. Lorne Mr. and Mrs. Michael F. Luongo Mr. Martin C. May Dr. James P. McAndrews, D.D.S. Mr. and Mrs. Michael T. McCullough Mr. Robert L. Mendow Mr. and Mrs. David R. Misch Reverend Monsignor Peter C. Moran Mr. and Mrs. James R. Mulally Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Navarro Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Norton Mr. and Mrs. John F. O'Keefe Mr. and Mrs. Joseph A. Perricone Mr. and Mrs. Gerald E. Perronne Mr. and Mrs. Paul Pontrelli Mr. and Mrs. Barry Porteous Mr. and Mrs. John R. Ramos Mr. and Mrs. George Reyes Mr. and Mrs. Robert Roginson, III Mr. and Mrs. James P. Sarni Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert J. Shea, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Norman A. Slaught Mr. and Mrs. Theodore J. Slaught Mr. and Mrs. Randolph E. Steiner Mrs. Roger M. Sullivan Ms. Frances F. Sweeney Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Taylor Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Turkmany Mrs. and Mr. John C. Vincenti Ms. Deborah L. Wettstein Most Reverend Gerald E. Wilkerson, D.D, V.G. Mr. and Mrs. Warren B. Williamson Mr. and Mrs. H. Phelps Wood, III Mr. and Mrs. Henry K. Workman Jr. Mr. and Mrs. William J. Wynperle

When her family faced financial hardship last year, they thought they would have to remove Belen from Catholic school. Thanks to CEF’s Tuition Awards Program, Belen was able to return for first grade. Belen has flourished at Nativity School. She is reading above grade-level and speaking fluently in both Spanish and English. When she grows up, she wants to be a firstgrade teacher–because it’s her favorite grade so far.

HONOR ROLL of Individuals $200 - $999 Anonymous Dr. Susan Abelein Ms. Marisela Aldana Honorable and Mrs. Michael D. Antonovich Mr. and Mrs. James Baroni Mr. and Mrs. Thomas T. Bea Mr. and Mrs. Theodore A. Belak Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Bowen Mr. Salvador Brau Mrs. DeeDee Brewer Mr. James H. Brewer Mrs. Anne C. Bryant Mr. and Mrs. Jay Butterfield Honorable and Mrs. Richard P. Byrne Mr. Jose F. Cabrera and Mrs. Theresa Fragoso Mr. and Mrs. Prudencio P. Cagampan, III Mrs. Theresa Cahill Mr. and Ms. A.T. Camodag Mr. and Mrs. Egidio Carbone, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Brian Carlson Mr. and Mrs. Charles Carroll Mr. Daniel C. Cathcart Mr. and Mrs. Alex Chacon Mr. Jose M. Chavez Ms. Maria Chavez Mr. and Mrs. Michael Clapp Mr. and Mrs. Thomas G. Coonan Ms. Nancy Coonis Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Cordano Ms. Charmaine Cosky Mr. and Mrs. Paul Cunniff Mr. and Mrs. Alfonso D'Argenzio Ms. Rita A. Dever Mr. and Mrs. James T. Diener Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Dobson Mr. and Mrs. Ryan M. Dornbush Ms. Kathleen Duncan Mr. and Mrs. James B. Estes Mr. and Mrs. Michael Fan

Mr. and Mrs. Fausto Farfan Mr. and Mrs. Martin Farfan Mrs. Mary E. Flynn Ms. Martha Foster Ms. Julie D. Gallant Mr. and Mrs. Dennis A. George Mr. and Mrs. Steve E. Gorski Mr. and Mrs. Robert Graziano Mr. and Mrs. James J. Griesgraber Ms. Therese Grundl Mr. and Mrs. Javier R. Guerena Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Haas Mr. David M. Hall Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Harper Mr. and Mrs. William P. Harrison Mr. and Mrs. William R. Heinen Mr. and Mrs. James D. Helin Mr. Roland F. Herbst Honorable Michael Stern and Ms. Antonia Hernandez Mr. Ryan Hetherington Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Hicks Mr. and Mrs. Steve C. Holman Mr. Daniel Horn Mr. Ivan J. Houston Dr. and Mrs. Arturo L. Ibarra Ms. Andrea Jenoff Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones Mr. and Mrs. John A. Laco Mr. and Mrs. A. Norman Langhout Mr. and Mrs. Darrell R. Levonian Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Longo Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lopez Reverend Monsignor James J. Loughnane, P.A. Ms. Lucille Martin Mr. and Mrs. Vincent P. Mauch Mr. and Mrs. Britton McConnell Mr. and Mrs. J. Brian McGrath Mr. and Mrs. Michael McKay Mrs. Patricia M. McNamara Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Michlitsch

Mr. and Mrs. James Mills Mr. and Mrs. William F. Mills Ms. Jasmine Mora Ms. Sharon Morano Mrs. Lourdes Munoz Stevens Mr. and Mrs. Juan B. Munoz Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Louis E. Nevarez Ms. Marina Newman Mr. and Mrs. David J. O'Keefe Mr. and Mrs. Peter O'Malley Mr. and Mrs. John A. Page Ms. Taylor Park Mr. and Mrs. Ricardo J. Pedroarias Mr. and Mrs. Kirk A. Peterson Mr. and Mrs. Richard Phegley Dr. and Mrs. Gregory E. Polito, M.D. Ms. Mary Pribus Mr. and Mrs. Pete Rabbitt Ms. Vivian Rescalvo Mr. and Mrs. Adolfo Reyes Ms. Rita Robertson Ms. Erika Rosales Mr. Robert Rosales Mr. Frederick J. Ruopp Mr. Andres Saenz Ms. Lorna Saenz Mr. Giovanni Santanche Mr. and Mrs. John Schumacher Ms. Gabriela Segura Mr. Michael Sifter Mr. and Mrs. Roland Simpson Mr. and Mrs. Charlie P. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Tod Spieker Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Stillwell Mr. John A. Teske Mr. Scott Thomas Mr. and Mrs. Peter C. Tilton Mr. and Mrs. John W. Tracey Mr. Dien Tran Mr. Christian Turcios Mr. and Mrs. David A. Valdez Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Von Der Ahe Mr. Robert M. Vukojevich Mr. and Mrs. James Weidner Mr. and Mrs. John Welborne Ms. Amanda Wells Mr. and Mrs. Robert N. Wilber Mr. and Mrs. Richard Wisman Ms. Stephanie Younger Mr. George Zedan

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Chair: Archbishop José H. Gomez President: Timothy J. Smith Msgr. Albert Bahhuth Thomas H. Barron Kevin Baxter, Ed. D. Jack L. Blumenthal Bishop Joseph Brennan, D.D., V.G. H. Thomas Boyle S. Jane Castruccio Alex Chaves, Sr. R. Joseph De Briyn


Chair: Cardinal Roger M. Mahony William M. Close Richard M. Ferry

Dorene C. Dominguez Megan Hernandez Robert W. Huston Joseph M. Knott John C. Morrissey Stephen F. Page Delia M. Roges Colleen Roohan Thomas P. Romano Frank M. Sanchez, Ph. D. John H. Smet Robert A. Smith, III Randolph E. Steiner Charles Steinmetz Joseph T. Viola Fr. Robert T. Walsh, S.J. Bishop Gerald Wilkerson, D.D., V.G. Brian J. Woram

Richard A. Grant, Jr. Thomas E. Larkin, Jr. Fiorenza Courtright-Lucas Kathleen L. McCarthy William S. Mortensen Peter W. Mullin Richard J. Riordan Dorothy Shea Nicholas N. Weber Deceased

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