The Catholic Education Foundation has a special charitable giving club called the Fr. Mac/CEF Legacy Society.  Membership is free to everyone and its sole purpose is to honor generous donors who help the ministry of Catholic education through a planned gift or their disclosure of remembering the Foundation in their wills.




    The society is named for Fr. Frank McDonald,

    a lifelong educator in the Diocese of Joliet

    and charter member of the CEF Board of Directors

    who passed to eternal life in 2013.









The Catholic Education Foundation has partnered with FreeWill to make planned giving easier than ever. Click here to write a legal will at no personal cost and include the necessary language to support the CEF with a gift in your plans. FreeWill’s online will-writing tools allow you to make a lasting gift quickly and easily.

Important Information
When including a provision for us in your will, you will want to make sure that your intention is stated clearly and that you have our correct name and address. It would be prudent if you or your adviser calls us before drafting the document to ensure that the information you are including is accurate. Contact Jennifer Georgis, (815) 221-6127 for further information.


Memorial Mass and reception for Fr. Mac legacy Society benefactor Joan LeTourneau. The LeTourneau Family established the Joan C. LeTourneau Scholarship Fund, which benefits qualified students upholding Catholic values.


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