The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) is a 501(c)3 founded in 1996 as non-profit charitable corporation dedicated to the advancement of Catholic education in the Diocese of Joliet.

The CEF's mission is to raise resources to allow children in need to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet. The financial information presented is to show transparency in reporting and accountability.

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2018 Audited Financial Statements

2018 Annual Campaign Brochure

2017 Audited Financial Statements 

2016 Audited Financial Statements

2015 Audited Financial Statements

2015 Annual Report to Donors




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