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Matthias Circle

Today, as in the past, America’s young people need the benefits of Catholic high school to get started on the right path in life. Yet, for many families, a Catholic education is no longer affordable. With tuition costs rising and many families in financial distress, there is an urgent need for emergency aid to enable deserving students to stay in Catholic high school. To provide this aid, and to help meet administrative costs, CEF has created the Matthias Circle.

In keeping the tradition of honoring Catholic mentors, the Circle is named after Brother Matthias, the mentor to baseball immortal Babe Ruth.

Membership and Benefits

Members of the Matthias Circle are invited to make an annual financial contribution. As a token of thanks, members receive many special benefits. For information, please contact us at 585 899 1245/1255 or info@catholiceducationfoundation.com

CEF Gives Special Thanks to the Members of the Matthias Circle

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Annual Appeal

Each year, hundreds of individuals, businesses, schools and foundations generously support the Catholic Education Foundation’s Annual Appeal. All gifts to the Annual Appeal are needed, whether small or large, and are greatly appreciated. The Annual Appeal raises funds for:

  1. Assistance to schools that wish to participate in the Catholic School Identity Assessment
  2. Teacher formation programs
  3. Recruitment and retention of quality educators through competitive compensation

Your gift to the Annual Appeal will help achieve our ambitious goals of providing monetary assistance to Catholic high schools.


A financial endowment is a transfer of money or property donated to an institution, with the stipulation that it be invested, and the principal remain intact. This allows for the donation to have a much greater impact over a long period of time than if it were spent all at once, due to compound interest.

An endowed scholarship is tuition (and possibly other cost) assistance that is permanently paid for with the revenue of an endowment fund specifically set up for that purpose. It can be either merit-based or need-based (which is only awarded to those where the college or high school expense would cause their family financial hardship) depending on school policy or donor preferences. It is possible that the Foundation or school will facilitate donors meeting the students they are helping. Given the rising cost of schools, finance is frequently a factor when families decide where to educate their children. The amount that must be donated to start an endowed scholarship can vary greatly.

Just Because

Use our online donation form to make a donation for any reason.