Who we are.

The Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation (CSEF) is an independent 501(c) 3 public charity established in 2017 to expand access to Catholic education. We raise funds for tuition assistance for families throughout Western Oregon who want a Catholic school experience for their children.

CSEF operates independently from the Archdiocese of Portland and from scholarship or other tuition assistance programs at individual schools. We provide tuition assistance directly to families and students. All families who wish to send their children to Catholic schools in Western Oregon and can demonstrate financial need are eligible for CSEF tuition assistance.

Your donations to CSEF are tax-deductible. Our federal tax ID number is 81-4541803.

We have all heard it said, "Your faith and core values begin at home."  We choose Catholic education because we know that our faith and family values are further strengthened by our children attending Catholic schools, creating a very solid foundation for them. Isn't that what we are called to do as the adults responsible for their formation and because we love them and care about their future? We can work together and make this happen.


Board of Directors

  • Ted Grigsby, CIMA

    Board Chair

    Financial Consultant, HYAS Group

  • Elise Brown

    President, Ebi Public Affairs

  • Patrick Gabrish

    Director of Sales, Kite Hill Foods

  • Delbert Haener

    Haener and Sons Farms, LLC

  • Carol Herman

    Community Volunteer

  • Diza Hilles

    Registered Nurse (retired)

  • Peter Kerns

    President and CEO, Serenity Lane

  • Charlie Kimball

    CFO, Murphy Company

  • Nana Ama Kuffour, PharmD, BCGP

    Director of Pharmacy, Samaritan Health Plans

  • Gregg Miller

    President/CEO, Northwest Pump & Equipment Co.

  • Msgr. Tim Murphy

    President Emeritus, Central Catholic High School

  • Brendan O’Scannlain

    Partner, Stoel Rives LLP

  • George Smith

    President & CEO (retired), NORPAC Foods

  • Loretta Wiltgen

    President/Principal, Catholic Schools (retired)

  • Jeannie Ray-Timoney

    Superintendent of Catholic Schools
    Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

  • Bishop Peter Smith

    Vicar General / Moderator of the Curia
    Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

  • Jo Willhite

    Board Treasurer, Ex-Officio

    Chief Administrative Officer, Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

Elsie Franz Finley

March 31, 1921 – August 14, 2018 The Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation of Oregon is so very grateful for a $1 million gift from Elsie Franz Finley. Her gift is the first major gift to the nascent CSEF and reflects her commitment to Catholic school education and supporting families who wish to attend. Mrs. Franz Finley, a business woman, philanthropist and lifelong resident of Portland and Vancouver, has had a profound impact on many local charitable organizations, most notably the University of Portland and Providence Health & Services. We are truly blessed to be the beneficiary of her incredible generosity. Per her wishes, the Elsie Franz Finley Endowment Fund for tuition assistance will be directed to support families at those schools which demonstrate the greatest need. Thank you Elsie and God bless you.

Get in touch.

If you have questions or would like to talk about making a gift to CSEF, please contact us: