Educational Institutions

Catholic Education Foundation

Building Communities, Changing Lives, Funding Futures

aka CEF   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  www.cefdn.org
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Mission

The Catholic Education Foundation's mission is to provide tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Ruling year info

1987

Director Operations and Programs

Theresa Fragoso

Main address

3424 Wilshire Blvd 3rd Fl

Los Angeles, CA 90010 USA

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EIN

75-6725640

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The Foundation’s mission is to provide tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students throughout the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and was established to promote the belief that an excellent Catholic education, especially for the poor and marginalized, is an "Advantage for Life.”

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has been directing and sponsoring schools in Southern California since 1865. These schools currently enroll students in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, and it is the oldest, largest, and most effective non-public school system in California. All Archdiocesan schools are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

CEF’s main goal is to support its Tuition Award Program (TAP) for economically disadvantaged students so that they can attend private Catholic schools. TAP provides $1,000 per student in Elementary Schools (Pre-K to 8th grade) and $2,000 to high school students per year. Since its inception, CEF has provided over 162,000 tuition assistance awards to students throughout the tri-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and we receive more and more requests each year. In 2015-2016, we reviewed more than 18,000 tuition assistance applications and awarded 10,792 students and put 5,000 more on the waiting list. However, with the higher number of applications comes the increased number of students and families placed on the waiting list.

In addition to TAP, a complementary tuition awards program called SOS (Save Our Students) was created in 1998 for those students identified as severely at-risk. Students that are selected to receive SOS funding face economic, social, and personal circumstances such as an incarcerated parent, a deceased parent, abandonment by a parent, a drug-addicted parent, and/or the student having suffered abuse. SOS students are the most at-risk for dropping out of school, and, if left unassisted, run the risk of following their parents’ paths. As a result, the amount of a tuition award that a SOS student receives increases by $500. CEF connects with school principals to identify SOS students and track their results, which are recorded in the findings of the on-going Loyola Marymount University study about the effects of Catholic schools on students. There are currently 905 students in the CEF database that have one or more of the SOS characteristics, and CEF received 1,225 SOS recommendations last year, but was only able to fund 315 SOS students in both elementary and high school. Again, we expect the need to increase in the coming years.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$13,287,930

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related Program

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

CEF's main goal is to provide financial assistance to impoverished students so that they can attend Catholic schools to assist in their academic achievement, build moral character, develop values for learning, instill a lifelong work ethic, and emphasize the importance of service to their community. Our Tuition Awards Program provides $1,000 per student in Elementary Schools (Pre-K to 8th grade) and $2,000 to high school students per year. Our second goal is to increase the number of students receiving financial assistance to Catholic schools.

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) was established in 1987 by Cardinal Roger Mahony with initial support from a core team of business and community leaders, including Richard Riordan, who was the CEF's founding president. It was established as an independent charitable trust.<br/><br/>Students are recommended for tuition awards by their school principals, working with classroom teachers and parish pastors, based on their individual character and the severity of the financial challenges that students' families face. All economically disadvantaged students are eligible to apply for Tuition Awards Program (TAP) regardless of their gender, race, religious affiliation, or disability. Since the principals identify students and assist families in submitting applications for CEF programs, our administration costs are very low. <br/><br/>Almost 100% of the students we serve are from ethnic minorities: 85% are Hispanic/Latino, 5% African American, 5% Multi-Racial, 3% Asian Pacific Islander, and 2% Caucasian. <br/><br/>Students receiving TAP awards qualify on the basis of financial need, using 115% of the Federal Free School Lunch Program guideline as a threshold. Listed below is data demonstrating the poor economic status of those who benefit from TAP:<br/><br/>• The average annual income of families is $28,022.<br/>• 114 of the schools we serve receive Title 1 services.<br/>• 15,000 students receive free/reduced priced lunches. <br/>• 63 schools offer federal nutrition programs.

Strong collaborative partnerships exist with the Department of Catholic Schools, key stakeholders, and Loyola Marymount University. CEF is administered by a 27-member Board of Trustees and a 14-member Board of Regents who are actively engaged in governance, fundraising, and program management. CEF also utilizes 19 key volunteers who oversee a variety of Advisory Committees that work on special event fundraising, planned giving campaigns, and financial management. Today, our professional staff consists of 8 full-time and 5 part-time employees all working within the Archdiocese's Catholic Center in Los Angeles. <br/><br/>The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has been directing and sponsoring schools in Southern California since 1865. These schools currently enroll students in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties, and it is the oldest, largest, and most effective non-public school system in California. All Archdiocesan schools are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

CEF works closely with the Department of Catholic Schools, Archdiocesan Schools, and Loyola Marymount University (LMU) to track student eligibility for tuition support, their academic success, and overall improvement. LMU's School of Education is committed to studying the impact of Catholic schools on the students served by CEF. Three phases have been completed, which provided data on student continuation rates, academic achievement, and college attendance rates. The next evaluation phase initiative, “College Mentorship and Beyond," will measure data on Catholic high school graduates who do the following: (1) Maintain college enrollment; (2) Establish work-force preparedness; (3) Are assisted with identifying financial resources; and (4) Achieve emotional and social stability. <br/><br/>CEF has now expanded its internal academic metric tracking system for TAP recipients. Progression of the students will be tracked not only in academics, but also in interpersonal relationships with peers, teachers, authority figures, and classroom figures. <br/><br/>Our ability to demonstrate CEF's best practices in program management and outcomes include the following: <br/><br/>• Principal administration assures a financial assistance distribution system that reaches those most in need.<br/>• Bi-annual enrollment verification ensures CEF students are in school.<br/>• Principal reporting procedures and CEF's application process allows CEF access to track and study individual students at their particular schools.<br/>• Report cards will be requested from TAP/SOS recipients.<br/>• Data will be tracked, maintained, and assessed on a quarterly basis.

Since its inception, CEF has provided over 141,000 tuition assistance awards to students throughout the tri-county Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and we receive more and more requests each year. In 2013-2014, we reviewed more than 18,000 tuition assistance applications and awarded 8,774 students. <br/><br/>During the current school year ending in June 2015, CEF is currently providing tuition assistance to 9,697 low-income students from over 200 elementary schools and secondary schools throughout Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties. Tuition assistance for these students totaled over $12 million, and $5.7 million of funding was allocated for high school students, while the other $7 million was geared toward schools with grades K-8. 53% of our recipients were girls, and 47% were boys. <br/><br/>CEF is happy to report that TAP recipient students, predominantly living below the poverty level, achieved the following positive outcomes within the last year:<br/><br/>• 100% of students progressed from 8th to 9th grade.<br/>• 98.2% of students graduated from high school. <br/>• 98% of the 607 high school graduates are attending college.<br/>• The majority of our college students are first generation college attendees.

Financials

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Catholic Education Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/20/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. José H. Gomez

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Jose Gomez

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Jack Blumenthal

Retired CFO/Mayfield Sr. High

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Scholarships, Tuition assistance, Catholic schools