The Foundation of Catholics United in Service (FOCUS) is an endowment fund for the Diocese of Harrisburg established by Bishop Nicholas Dattilo in 1988. All funds within the endowment, from restricted funds to named scholarships to unrestricted endowed funds, are managed and invested as one fund for optimal returns. As an endowment, only the interests and dividends are available for use, leaving the principle of the fund to grow over time.
Endowments are created to provide for the future needs of the many ministries, programs, schools and parishes throughout the Diocese. Endowed funds are irrevocable, meaning that they are maintained as a permanent fund in perpetuity, with only the interest and dividends available for use. Annual distributions of the draw are made in the fall of each year and are based on June 30th fund balances. Additional monies may be added to an established endowed fund at any time.
Donors are encouraged to consult with their professional advisors (tax, legal and/or financial) prior to making a gift. If you are interested in learning more about endowments and how they can support a particular school, parish or program, please contact the Office of Stewardship & Development at the Diocese for more details. All conversations are held in confidence.