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.


Board of Directors

  • Dennis Stoecklin

    Board Chair

    CFO (retired) Concordia University

  • Carol Herman

    Board Vice Chair

    Community Volunteer

  • David Brands

    CEO, Coast Products

  • Elise Brown


    Ebi Public Affairs

  • Richard Green Jr., MD


    Salmon Creek Plastic Surgery

  • Ted Grigsby, CIMA

    Financial Consultant

    HYAS Group

  • Delbert Haener

    Haener and Sons Farms, LLC

  • Peter Kerns

    President and CEO

    Serenity Lane

  • Brian Maag

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

  • Gregg Miller


    Northwest Pump & Equipment Co.

  • Marty Miller


    Martin Miller Nursery

  • Msgr. Tim Murphy

    Msgr. Tim Murphy

    President Emeritus Central Catholic High School

  • Brendan O’Scannlain


    Stoel Rives LLP

  • Don V. Romanaggi, MD

    Retired Physician

  • George Smith

    President & CEO, retired

    NORPAC Foods

  • 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

  • Loretta Wiltgen


    Catholic Schools (retired)

  • Jeannie Ray-Timoney

    Superintendent of Catholic Schools
    Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon

  • Carmen Gaston

    Director of Mission Advancement
    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: