Who we are.

The Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation (CSEF) is an independent 501(c) 3 organization 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.

ANN HUMBERSTON, FORMER MEMBER, BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors

  • David Brands

    Board Chairman

    CEO, Coast Products

  • Carol Herman

    Board Vice Chair

    Community Volunteer

  • Elise Brown

    President,

    Ebi Public Affairs

  • Paul Gram

    General Manager / Partner, Pacific NW Properties, LP, retired

  • Delbert Haener

    Haener and Sons Farms, LLC

  • Mike Haglund

    Partner,

    Haglund Kelley LLP

  • Peter Kerns

    President and CEO

    Serenity Lane

  • Brian Maag

    Co-founder, President & CEO Boardman Foods, Inc.

  • Marty Miller

    Owner,

    Martin Miller Nursery

  • Brendan O’Scannlain

    Partner

    Stoel Rives LLP

  • Suzanne Price

    Retired Teacher
    Volunteer, Our Lady of the Lake Parish and School

  • Don V. Romanaggi, MD

    Retired Physician

  • George Smith

    President & CEO, retired

    NORPAC Foods

  • Dennis Stoecklin

    CFO, retired

    Concordia University

  • 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

  • Jeannie Ray-Timoney

    Superintendent of Catholic Schools
    Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

  • Carmen Gaston

    Director of Stewardship & Development
    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:

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