There are many great reasons to support the Catholic Education Foundation.
And while Joe Langenderfer, the Foundation’s chief executive officer, can list those reasons, he’d rather let others explain.
“The CEF student and family scholarship beneficiaries tell the story better than anyone,” he said.
The Foundation’s mission is to raise the resources necessary to allow children in need to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet. And since 1996, the CEF and its generous donors have been able to award more than $21 million in need-based scholarships to 17,400 students.
Several parents have witnessed that private Catholic education would have been hard to come by without financial help.
According to one single mother, “I am grateful for CEF funding after the recent death of my husband. I tell my daughters to be thankful to the people who are donating to give them a Catholic education. When they get older, they will pay it forward.”
Another parent wrote, ‘Currently we have a lot of credit cards and hospital bills to pay, and we’re blessed that others are giving so our kids can receive a Catholic education. It’s the only way since we can only afford a fraction of the tuition right now.”
For donors who want to help support the CEF’s mission there are a variety of giving options available beyond outright donations. These include a last will and testament, charitable gift annuity, and charitable life insurance. Family named endowments and donor-advised funds restricted by the benefactor are also very popular methods.
The Foundation works with donors to determine an effective and appropriate plan to match their specific charitable desires.
Links on the CEF website at http://cefjoliet.org/Ways_To_Give provide more specific information about each of the giving opportunities available.