“For it is in giving that we recieve.”

—Saint Francis of Assisi

Indeed, there are many ways through which you can lovingly praise God for His great good. Supporting your favorite Catholic Ministry is an excellent way to share both your heart and your blessings.

The Independent Catholic Foundation is committed to the long-term strength and viability of Catholic institutions within the Diocesan Church of Altoona-Johnstown. Valuing each other, our Catholic faith, family and tradition, the Foundation provides simple, efficient and effective means of protecting assets for the future, thus enhancing the quality of life of Catholics and Catholic organizations in our region.

You have the ability to provide a broader spectrum of support by planning your generosity so that gifts may be utilized both now and in the future. Through thoughtful planning, your gifts can become a source of support to sustain the works of parishes, schools, agencies, ministries and outreach programs of the diocese and other Catholic entities.

Opportunities to honor loved ones, support family members and provide for yourself during retirement exist through several gift pathways. 

  • Benefit others through your Will
  • Make a gift while also providing for your loved ones
  • Give your home—and still continue to live there
  • Give through life insurance or retirement plans
  • Make gifts that allow for the receipt of flexible income

Through the Independent Catholic Foundation’s charitable gift planning site, you can explore the many avenues of gracious giving. It is our hope that you locate an option that maximizes the potential of your resources through preserving financial security for yourself and your loved ones while funding an organization you believe in and love. 

The Foundation remains committed to securing a successful future for the parishes, schools, ministries and people of our Diocese and this region.  Our growth and success is due to the generosity and faith of many people whose commitment benefits current and future generations by providing necessary resources.  Please consider using our foundation to permanently support a ministry that is important to you.  We are always happy to answer questions. Please contact Bill Hiergeist, Executive Director at (814) 201-2080.


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