About Us

“Separate from, but committed to, the Diocesan Church”

The Foundation is an independent entity – legally separate from the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown – committed to the long-term strength and viability of Catholic institutions within the eight-county diocese. The Independent Catholic Foundation is overseen by a board of trustees comprised of dedicated lay men and women.

The Diocese (as a legal entity) and the Diocesan Bishop have no role in the management of the Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization [a public charity]. Endowment funds held by the Foundation can not be attached for diocesan operations or any needs of the diocese and the funds must be utilized for the intended purpose of the person(s), parish or entity that created an endowment fund. Each endowment fund is administered based upon an irrevocable legal agreement.

Our Mission:

To provide funding for the Diocesan Church, so that the Lord's work may continue within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown