About the Catholic Schools Foundation
The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) is the premier non-profit institution for granting aid to low-income students to attend Catholic elementary and high school in the Archdiocese of Boston. CSF’s tax exempt 501(c)(3) status is separate from the diocese, allowing companies and individuals who are unable to donate to religious organizations to support disadvantaged youth in the Archdiocese. Over the past three decades, CSF has distributed more than $100 million in scholarship aid to over 50,000 students in the Greater Boston community. With an astounding 100% high school graduation rate, our scholarships are changing lives. We have earned the highest possible rating (4-stars) through Charity Navigator based on our financial health, accountability and transparency.
The Catholic Schools Foundation changes lives by providing families with demonstrated financial need an opportunity to give their sons and daughters a quality education, focused on Christian values and character formation at Catholic schools located throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or gender.
The Inner-City Scholarship Fund (ICSF)
ICSF is the signature program of the Catholic Schools Foundation. Through this fund, thousands of children in need receive partial scholarships to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston. Scholarships are given primarily to students in high-poverty neighborhoods and are awarded without regard to race, religion, national origin or gender.
We support the concept of a strong Catholic Schools Office with a clear mandate, established and measureable standards for school quality, dedicated resources and adequate authority to rationalize and thereby strengthen the network of schools in the Archdiocese of Boston.
The CSF will significantly focus its allocations in support of this objective and will direct funds towards schools that are viable in the long-term and away from schools that are not meeting the standards.
Our ultimate objective is to maximize the number of children attending quality Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Boston while enhancing opportunities for disadvantaged students.
"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
"When you [scholars] all make it big, and you’re going to make it big, because you’re so inspirational, please remember to give back to the Inner-City Scholarship Fund, who’ve been so good to you."- Robert Kraft
"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