Planned Giving

Leave A Legacy

The independent Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, respectively, are supporting the activities of Leave A Legacy of Bedford, Blair, Cambria and Somerset Counties.  Leave A Legacy is a national campaign with over 140 chapters - national website at   Our regional Leave A Legacy Allegheny Mountains Chapter. is undertaking a broad-based public awareness campaign to educate the giving public about charitable gift planning opportunities. Each year, there are a number of seminars sponsored in part by the Foundation and/or the Diocese.  If you are interested in learning more about giving through a will, from an estate or through planned giving vehicles such as charitable annuities or trusts, please contact the Foundation Office at 814-696-9514 or the Office of Stewardship and Development at 814-695-5577 for information or to register for a seminar. 

"The ultimate objective of the Office is to help people of the Diocese help others - often through charitable giving vehicles and development programs - and encourage individual consideration to the giving of time, talent and treasure to strengthen the message of Christ in our life as a Diocesan Church.  Among its main campaigns are the Annual Catholic Appeal, Stewardship: A Way of Life, and the annual fund drives and alumni relation activities at the three diocesan high schools. The Office also manages development activities for Diocesan college campus ministries, provides assistance when requested to parishes planning capital and building campaigns, and facilitates deferred giving for interested donors through the use of bequests, charitable gift annuities and trusts, insurance and other planned giving vehicles." 

Foundation -- Record Gifts, Endowment Grows

Many Diocesan parishes, cemeteries, schools, ministries, services and programs benefit annually from the distribution of income from related endowments held by the Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  Incorporated on June 13, 1990, to provide perpetual support to the Diocese, the Foundation is a legally separate entity with a 19-member Board of Trustees managing all its administration, endowments and assets.

The Mission of the Foundation is to provide funding for this Diocesan Church, so that the Lord's work may continue within the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.  It is committed to the long-term strength and viability of the Catholic institutions within the eight-county Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown.

The Foundation completed fiscal year 2000-2001 on June 30, 2001, with nearly $600,000 in contributions for the preceding 12 months.  Total gifts to the Foundation over the past three years have surpassed $3 million. Since 1996, the assets of the Foundation have grown from $3.4 million to more than $8.5 million.  There are currently more than 85 named endowment funds held by the Foundation along with several charitable trusts. Nearly $230,000 were distributed by the Foundation to beneficiaries this year. 
Catholics and others in the region consider the Foundation an important vehicle to assist with gift planning, endowment management, charitable support, or education in planned giving. Gifts to the Foundation not only further the work of the Church, but also may provide the donor with several benefits -- perpetuity, public accountability, tax advantages, memorial opportunities and professional management. The Foundation strives to connect people with an interest in helping to the needs that exist. For more about planned giving, please visit the Foundation web site at
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