Why Give?

CWCF has given away over $2 million, primarily to support Catholic schools and parishes through over 30 endowment funds.


"As a Foundation Trustee for nine years, I believe the Foundation is now poised to be strategically important, if not critical, to the future of Catholic education in the Diocese of Yakima. The triangle, as we know, is the very strongest shape of support. The Church, our faith and the Central Washington Catholic Foundation together are the bedrock of our Catholic community in the Diocese of Yakima. In just 15 years, the Foundation as grown into an indispensable component of faith formation and educational support for our Diocese. There are dozens of organizations I could share my time, talent and treasure with, but I choose to work with the Central Washington Catholic Foundation as its mission, values and vision resonate with who, I believe, God intended me to be. That person is someone in a unique position to directly assist others to become recipients of a Catholic education."


- Jane Baldock,  Board of Trustees Member

COF 2018 Champion Sonn (3) (1)

Ann Sonn

President, Board of Trustees

I support the Central Washington Catholic Foundation because of my strong belief in its mission to provide and uphold Catholic education throughout the Diocese of Yakima. All who seek to learn about our Catholic faith in our schools and in our parishes must be served. The Foundation proves instrumental in achieving that goal.


Jessica Arellano

Jessica Arrellano, Our Lady of the Desert, Mattawa, Freshman, Stanford University

“Faith has given me the strength to chase the impossible and make it possible. It has healed the broken in me. Faith is what has made me who I am, a fearless, caring, and courageous follower of God. Throughout my difficult times, every time I thought I had failed or had no better alternative, something always told me to try again. And that was faith.
Through your support, our program has been able to change my life and the lives of many other students.  My desire is that students across the diocese will have the same opportunity to grow in faith that I had.”

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Msgr. John Ecker

Champion of Catholic Education 2018, Special Honoree

“I am convinced that Catholic Schools and religious education programs are extremely important for the future of our church.
I was brought up very poor. I know what it is to be on the outside. I was privileged to have a Jesuit education which really grounded me and gave me a purpose in life. I was able to attend Boston College High School because an uncle of mine, who wasn’t wealthy either, but he was able to at least pay for my tuition and books and that gave me an entrance in that whole Jesuit type of education. I believe my own vocation was nourished by the influence they had on me.
In the present day world, our kids are really in need of a foundation. Catholic schools and religious education programs both do a wonderful job of giving kids a sense of belonging and really a firm foundation in faith.
I have great hope for the future. I think it will be a vibrant living church and I know that God is with us."

Jaqueline Herrera

Jacqueline Herrera

Member of St. Joseph Parish - Sunnyside Youth Group

It is very important to have faith education in every parish because everyone struggles in life. Having a youth group that can bring you back up and remind you of your faith is very important. It has made me stronger. Our faith is always going to be there to help us in life. Without faith, where do we go?


Bishop Joseph Tyson

Bishop of Yakima

Every child who wants a Catholic school education should be able to get one and every child should be able to learn about Jesus regardless of their parish’s financial resources.


Ignacio Navarette Jr.

Graduate of Tri Cities Prep

When I wanted to apply to Tri-Cities Prep, my parents couldn’t support me financially. Of course, thanks to the Central Washington Catholic Foundation, I was able to receive that financial support. I have a new found faith in God.


Terry Sliger

Board Advisor

A Catholic education is instrumental in teaching much needed social principals, a character building process and development of thought.  I am proud to support the Central Washington Catholic Foundation, doing so much for so many!


Kelly Sauer

Director of Religious Education at St. Mary's Parish - White Swan

The Catholic Foundation grant has been such a blessing to our parish. We are a very small parish and a very poor parish. So through the grant, the first thing we needed to do was get bilingual books!


Most Reverend Carlos A. Sevilla, SJ

Bishop Emeritus of Yakima

I know that there are kids who also want a Catholic education, whose families don’t have the means to provide what's needed for them to attend a Catholic school. So it’s wonderful that the foundation is available to help kids that really want to deepen their Catholic faith understanding, and their love of Jesus, and their love of the Church.


Ignacio Navarette Sr.

Father of Ignacio, Graduate of Tri Cities Prep

Finally our dream came true. We are very thankful to Central Washington Catholic Foundation for all their support. It really makes a difference in our life. Now it’s a whole new world for all of us, and our son. Thank you very much.

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If you have included the Catholic foundation in your estate plans, please let us know. We would like to thank you for your generosity,  ensure that the purpose of your gift is clearly understood, and recognize you as a founding member of our Legacy of Faith Society.