History of the Catholic Schools Foundation
In 1983, Most Reverend Thomas V. Daily and Paul J. Birmingham established the St. Anthony’s Scholarship Fund to raise money for scholarships so that low-income students could attend high-quality Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. This organization was later incorporated in 1989 as the Catholic Schools Foundation and shortly thereafter, our signature program, the Inner City Scholarship Fund (ICSF) was born. Today, over thirty years later, CSF has expanded thirty-fold with the support of donors and active members from all sections of the community – business, academia, private and religious.
The landscape of Catholic education has changed over the years, but the Foundation remains committed to providing scholarship assistance and program aid for our students and schools. Our main goals continue to be:
- Ensuring that all families who wish to send their children to Catholic schools are able to do so regardless of their financial situation
- Helping schools build sustainability to guarantee a bright future for Catholic education
"I know what Catholic education can do. It can have an impact on a child. Fifty years ago, a young kid who was too small, a young kid who was 6 out of 8 kids...walked down to St. Mary's in Ohio. And now, 50 years later, I'm here today chairing a dinner to raise money for Catholic education. I did this because I believe in Catholic education."Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America and 2016 ICSF Dinner Chairman
"I always tell my children, 'I will provide all the tools you need to succeed but it is up to you to do the work.' I am forever grateful to the Catholic Schools Foundation for the financial assistance I have received that has helped me provide Malik with the tools he needs for a successful future."– Michelle Cassidy, mother of two scholarship recipients
"I believe that the ICSF is the best cause for providing young people a strong education along with the self-confidence and discipline to succeed in life."– Peter Lynch