The Catholic Education Foundation announces two new fundraising programs which benefit you while you are supporting the Foundation.

Memorial cards honor deceased people who held dear the principles of Catholic education. Funds raised from memorial card sales will be placed in the CEF endowment account. This is a wonderful alternative to traditional flowers.


The Foundation also offers Gift cards, which can be used to honor someone on a special occasion such as a retirement or anniversary. They would also make appropriate gifts for Catholic school teachers, volunteers, or other supporters of Catholic education. This is a thoughtful way to honor a friend or family member while also giving back to the Catholic Education Foundation.

Gift Card


Both cards are available from the CEF office by calling (815) 221-6127.



The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) distributes more than 1,600 need-based scholarships each year. Eligible families with students K-12 are encouraged to apply for financial assistance to help cover the cost of tuition. These tuition assistance grants are determined on an annual basis and families must apply each year in order to be considered.  In 2017-18, the CEF distributed $2,130,297to 1,648 students in our Catholic elementary and high schools. Read More Here