The Orange Catholic Foundation is an autonomous pious foundation under canon law and incorporated as a tax-exempt independent charitable corporation under civil law. As a foundation for Catholics, we assist families and individuals to leave a legacy of love and faith, uniquely aligned with their Catholic values and beliefs.
We are here to help and support families with their charitable giving. We are the only foundation in Orange County that specifically serves our Catholic community. We plan and conduct major fundraising programs including the Pastoral Services Appeal (PSA), the For Christ Forever Capital Campaign, the Conference on Business & Ethics, the semiannual Wills and Trusts Weeks and other special fundraising events. The Foundation also manages endowments and various charitable funds and grants funds according to the donor’s intent.
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the Orange Catholic Foundation strives to become a premier, nationally-recognized steward of Catholic philanthropy in carrying out Christ’s work to sustain and enhance all aspects of Catholic life for the entire community in the Diocese of Orange.
We are an autonomous, pious foundation that works in collaboration with members of our diocese to raise, manage, grow and grant funds supporting all aspects of the Catholic faith following each donor’s intent.
Investments entrusted to the Orange Catholic Foundation are administered through socially and morally responsible funds that are in keeping with the tenants of Roman Catholic doctrine. The Foundation’s banking and financial partners are known for their fiscally conservative approach and socially responsible philosophies to ensure that our investments are managed in accordance with our Catholic faith and beliefs. For more information, please see our Catholic Responsible Investing webpage or visit USCCB’s Socially Responsible Guidelines.
The Investment Committee of the Foundation meets quarterly to review the historical and current performance of all funds and compares them to industry standards. The committee chooses the types of investments they deem prudent and socially responsible. They are committed to earning the best possible returns with low risks in order to protect and grow donors’ gifts.
The Orange Catholic Foundation Investment Committee is made up of experienced and knowledgeable business and community leaders who volunteer their time and expertise to grow the Foundation’s assets for the benefit of the Church of Orange. For more information about our investments, fund strategy and committee members, please contact the Orange Catholic Foundation.
On an annual basis, the total amount of funds available to grant is determined and reported to the Grants Committees of the Orange Catholic Foundation and approved by the Board of Directors. The Committees then coordinate the marketing and collecting of grant applications from parishes and schools and discerns the distribution of funds for awarding grants. In 2017, the Orange Catholic Foundation granted $20,869,622 to the following beneficiaries: