Catholic Education Foundation
12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City KS 66109-3718
CEF School of Excellence students meeting Archbishop Naumann
Web and Phone Contact
Telephone (913) 647-0344
Fax 913- 721-1577
Mission Statement
The Catholic Education Foundation provides children living in poverty with scholarships to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Vincent Anch
Board Chair Mr. Derek Teeter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Husch Blackwell
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1997
Former Names
Gardner Fund
Gardner Institute Schools of KCK
The Gardner Institute
Financial Summary
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Mission Statement The Catholic Education Foundation provides children living in poverty with scholarships to attend Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas.
Background Statement
It became apparent to Archdiocesan and school administrators in 1997 that the Wyandotte County and rural Catholic schools were in desperate need of help if they were to continue providing quality faith-based, college-preparatory education. To respond to the needs of these schools, a group of business and community leaders collaborated to form the Catholic Education Foundation. Seed money from a small trust was established by Rev. Monsignor Henry Gardner, the first superintendent of the Archdiocese. Msgr. Gardner was passionately committed to Catholic education, having great compassion for families who could not afford the cost of tuition.
CEF believes a college-preparatory education should NOT be limited to families with means. The program seeks to alleviate community poverty by providing a safe, values-based, high-quality education for low-income students, preparing them for a more secure economic future. Through its three scholarship programs, CEF will provide more than $2.4 million in scholarship assistance this year for about 1,500 students in 24 schools. In the past 10 years, CEF has provided more than $15.5 million in scholarship funding.
It is NOT a requirement to be Catholic to attend any Catholic school in the Archdiocese of Kansas City; CEF does not discriminate in its scholarship awards by religion, gender, national origin, or language spoken in the home. The criteria for scholarship awards are based upon family income (need) and attendance at a CEF-sponsored school; determinations are made by the respective school's principal, supported by the Superintendent of Schools.

The majority of families CEF serves have annual incomes near the federal poverty line. As many as 80% of students in some CEF schools qualify for the federal free and reduced lunch program. Nearly 88% of students in some CEF schools identify with a minority racial or ethnic group and as many as 50% are recent immigrants who require English Language Learner resources.

The academic outcomes are exceptional: 98.7% of students at the CEF high school graduate (compared to just 70% of students at the neighborhood high school three blocks away) and 97% of graduates enroll in college (compared to fewer than 40% of their peers at the neighborhood school). These outcomes indicate that providing a college-preparatory education for children living in poverty makes a substantial difference in their academic outcomes and achievement.

Impact Statement
The Catholic Education Foundation’s top 3 accomplishments of the past year include: 
  1. Distributing more than $2.1 million in scholarship funds (a record level of distributions); 
  2. Providing, via those scholarships, a high quality, Catholic education for 1,612 students living in poverty; and
  3. Increasing the amount of scholarship funds available for the tenth year in a row.
CEF’s goals for the upcoming year include: 
  1. Distributing more than $2.4 million in scholarship funds;
  2. Providing scholarships for approximately 1,500 students living in poverty, allowing them access to a high quality, Catholic education; and
  3. Identifying resources to help serve the 495 students still awaiting scholarship assistance that will allow them in enroll in a Catholic school.
Needs Statement
  1. Scholarship funding to serve the approximately 1,500 students receiving CEF assistance this year
  2. Additional scholarship funding to serve the 495 students currently awaiting scholarship assistance to enroll in a Catholic school ($610,830 is needed, the average cost is $1,234 per scholarship).
  3. Volunteers who are passionate about improving educational opportunities for low-income children to serve on CEF’s committees and Board.
  4. Young professional volunteers who are passionate about CEF's mission to serve on the CEF Futures Leadership Council
  5. In-kind support for CEF special events
Service Categories
Scholarships & Student Financial Aid
Primary & Elementary Schools
Roman Catholic
Areas of Service
KS - Wyandotte County
KS - Johnson County
KS - Wyandotte County Urban Core
KS - Atchison County
CEO/Executive Director/Board Chair Statement
As the chairman of the CEF board, I am energized by the positive direction of our Foundation. Our board is actively engaged, our staff is small but supremely qualified, and our donors are utterly dedicated to our mission to provide a quality, faith-based education for children regardless of income limitations, race, nationality, or religion. The Foundation's philosophy is that ALL children who seek a Catholic college preparatory education (one that offers both academic excellence AND faith) should be given that opportunity. Our challenges are the high demand for scholarship assistance and the limited financial resources for the families we serve. These challenges are being met by the ongoing generosity of individuals and corporations, both within and beyond Kansas and the Greater Kansas City area, who heed the call to share their material blessings with their neighbors. We invite you to join us in this mission to serve. All are welcome.

CEF provides scholarships (tuition assistance) for low-income students to attend CEF-designated schools in northeastern Kansas . An approved school (one that has at least 15% of students qualifying for the federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program) will disperse scholarship funds appropriately to qualifying families. IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO BE CATHOLIC TO QUALIFY FOR SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE TO A CEF-SPONSORED SCHOOL. Qualification process includes eligibility for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program. This certification is done at the local school level and reported to CEF. The Superintendent of Schools is a part of the consultative process.

Program Budget $1,505,097.00
Category Education, General/Other Student Financial Aid
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success
The short-term goals are for children to achieve an academic grounding in a faith-based atmosphere, thereby enabling them to continue on a successful educational and spiritual path, and ultimately become positively contributing members of their community. The quantifiable success measurement is that 98% of CEF students graduate from high school.
These data are collected by administrators at the CEF schools.
Long-Term Success

The ultimate goal for the CEF scholarship program is to help break the cycle of poverty by providing a high quality, college preparatory education for low-income children. Through improved educational outcomes, these children will be far more likely to complete high school, attend college, and have opportunities for higher-paying employment. The long-term goal is that more than 90% of CEF students will attend college, compared to fewer than 40% of their peers attending the neighborhood school. Estimated college attendance rates for the neighborhood schools are based on data from the Kansas State Department of Education; CEF student college attendance rates are gathered by administrators at the CEF schools.

Program Success Monitored By

CEF tracks the high school graduation rates and college enrollment rates of its students through data provided by the administrators at the CEF schools. CEF compares this data with the graduation and college enrollment rates of nearby neighborhood schools, as provided by reports from the Kansas State Department of Education.

Examples of Program Success

Currently, 98.7% of students graduate from CEF’s high school, compared to 70% of students at the neighborhood high school just three blocks away. In addition, 98% enroll in college, compared to fewer than 40% of from the nearby neighborhood high school. Success of the inner-city Catholic schools would not be possible without the generous support of private individuals, foundations, and corporations within northeastern Kansas.

Description In 2014, the Kansas Legislature introduced the Tax Credit for Low-Income Students Scholarship Program (HB2506). This program provides low-income families the opportunity to choose a private education that they might not otherwise be able to afford. The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) is a registered Scholarship Granting Organization (SGO), serving the Catholic Schools within the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas (separate from the traditional CEF scholarship program). CEF administers educational scholarships to qualified low-income students to cover a portion of the costs for tuition, fees, and expenses. Eligible donors can contribute to a registered SGO and in turn receive a Kansas tax credit for their contributions.
Program Budget $824,240.00
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Program is linked to organization's mssion Yes
Program Frequently Assessed Yes
Short-Term Success

The short-term goals are to provide families living in poverty with educational options that may not be available to them otherwise, and to provide children with a high-quality education.

Long-Term Success

The ultimate goal of our participation in the Kansas Tax Credit Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to qualified low-income families so they have access to educational choice. CEF’s mission is to help break the cycle of poverty by providing a high-quality Catholic education to families in need. By doing so, students will be more likely to graduate from high school, pursue post-secondary education, obtain higher-paying employment, and pursue civic engagement opportunities.

Program Success Monitored By

The CEF Tax Credit Office collects and analyzes the data for all eligible students participating in the program on a yearly basis, including student retention and progress. The CEF Tax Credit staff meets with school administrators on a regular basis and interviews participating families each school year. The Tax Credit Office must also comply with all the program requirements, as outlined by the legislative mandates. CEF monitors the graduation and college enrollment rates of nearby neighborhood schools, as provided by reports from the Kansas State Department of Education.

Examples of Program Success

To date, the Tax Credit Scholarship program has a high retention rate for participating students (this includes students who’ve relocated/moved out of the area). We’ve seen an increase in the demand for this program since 2015. Each school year, we have a waitlist of new families seeking this scholarship opportunity. We receive regular thank you letters from our families detailing the positive impact of this scholarship for their child and the possibility of a bright future.

CEO Comments

The programs we provide offer opportunity for ANY child to receive a faith-based, high-quality education in the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The Catholic Education Foundation is based on the belief that the opportunity for a college preparatory, faith-based education is the greatest chance students will have for self-sufficiency, independence, and a future built on hope.

Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr. Vincent Anch
Term Start June 2018

A former Executive Director of the Catholic Charities Foundation of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Vincent most recently served as a Vice President of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation where he oversaw operations for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in 20 states. Previously, Vincent served as the Director of the Foundation and Alumni Association for the Metropolitan Community College of Kansas City and as the Director of Major and Planned Giving for the American Diabetes Association's national office.  He has over 30 years of experience in fundraising, major giving, board development, special events and non-profit leadership.

Former CEOs
Mr. Michael MorriseyApr 2007 - Oct 2016
Mr. Blake MulvanyFeb 2005 - July 2006
Senior Staff
Title Associate Executive Director
Title Director of Development
Title Director of Special Events
Paid Full-Time Staff 6
Paid Part-Time Staff 0
Paid Contractors 0
Volunteers 212
Retention Rate 66%
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Plans & Policies
Organization Has a Fundraising Plan Yes
Organization Has a Strategic Plan Yes
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes

CEF works closely with and under the fiduciary supervision of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. We have regular contact with the Superintendent of Schools’ office and the Archbishop's office.

Recognized by Alma Powell as a Promise SiteAmerica's Promise2003
Recognition award to Katie Wendel, Gardner Institute Art TeacherKansas City Arts Partners2005
Blake Mulvany, CEO, inducted into Hall of FameKansas State High School Activities Assoc.2005
Academic excellence awardsState of Kansas2011
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government? No
CEO Comments

Thanks to a diversified funding stream with multiple revenue sources, the Catholic Education Foundation has been able to increase its scholarship awards each year for the past 10 years. This year, the Catholic Education Foundation will provide more than $2.4 million in scholarships for approximately 1,500 students at 24 schools. Despite this success, there are another 495 students still awaiting financial assistance to enroll in a CEF-supported school. These are students who would like to attend a CEF school but cannot afford to do so without scholarship support. CEF and its Board of Directors are working hard to close that gap, thereby making Catholic education accessible to all who seek it, without regard to their financial circumstances.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Derek Teeter
Company Affiliation Husch Blackwell
Term July 2019 to June 2021
Board Members
Dr. Vincent Cascone Ex OfficioSuperintendent of Schools, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Mrs. Joan CharbonneauPerfect Promotions
Mr. Toby CookKansas City Royals
Ms. Brigetta FortinLockton
Mr. R.J. GildeaANB Bank
Mrs. Stephanie GoodenowStephanie Goodenow LLC
Ms. Colleen HochbergHallmark
Mr. Jeff JaworskiTriune Financial Partners
Mr. John KmetzBKD
Mrs. Lesle Knop ex officioCatholic Foundation of Northeast Kansas, Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
Mr. Todd KocaCrownSource, LLC
Mr. Mike KuckelmanKuckelman Torline Kirkland
Dr. Pat LillisOverland Park Dental Design
Mr. Scott LoewenC2FO
Mrs. Denise MillsLeaderFuel Now
Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann ex officioArchdiocese, Kansas City in Kansas
Mr. Tim RosaTitan Built, LLC
Mrs. Elizabeth SamplesHusch Blackwell
Mr. Jon SchniedersCompass Minerals International
Mr. Terry SextonShook Hardy & Bacon LLP
Mrs. Vicki ShepherdGuidant Group
Mr. Derek TeeterHusch Blackwell LLP
Mrs. Carol Martin TracySFS Architecture
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 22
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 13
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 74%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)
CEO Comments

The Foundation has an active and strong board comprised of highly respected members of the greater Kansas City community. As a "working board," it is involved in all aspects of governance and provides excellent direction and focus. Many of the Board members give time to other non-profit organizations as well. Most of the Board members are community leaders dedicated to ensuring that all people are treated fairly and equally regardless of religious, ethnic, gender, age or economic status. The CEF board is a financially-contributing Board; each Board member financially supports the organization in addition to providing managerial oversight. Board members make a financial commitment when they agree to serve, further demonstrating their support of the mission and goals of the organization and sending the message that they are strongly committed.

Fiscal Year Start July 01, 2019
Fiscal Year End June 30, 2020
Projected Revenue $3,414,698
Projected Expenses $3,412,817
Endowment Value $4,549,945
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage 0
Foundation Comments
  • FYE 6/30/2018, 2017, 2016: Financial data reported using the organization's audited financial statements.
  • Foundations/corporate revenue line item may include contributions from individuals.
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions----$0
Investment Income, Net of Losses$26,222$21,625($19,781)
Membership Dues----$0
Special Events$1,024,948$907,931$982,847
Revenue In-Kind----$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$2,288,045$2,015,339$1,551,597
Administration Expense$781,352$583,111$435,294
Fundraising Expense$31,935$45,406$45,469
Payments to Affiliates----$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.541.151.24
Program Expense/Total Expenses74%76%76%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue------
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$8,802,795$7,174,045$6,739,393
Current Assets$4,281,058$2,658,335$2,310,751
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$164,774$220,053$192,698
Total Net Assets$8,638,021$6,953,992$6,546,695
Short-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities25.9812.0811.99
Long-Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount -- -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years No
Organization Comments

The Catholic Education Foundation has 14 annual revenue streams, including support from private donors, corporations and foundations, the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas, and customized appeal campaigns. The Catholic Education Foundation also receives support through an annual scholarship drive that includes direct mail advertising to increase the donor base and an annual Awards Dinner with more than 1,400 attendees each year. In addition, CEF has an established endowment fund, and continues to build  an additional scholarship fund to support more scholarship allocations throughout the coming years. These diverse funding streams and strategic positioning ensure a healthy foundation for the long term. As a result, CEF has been able to increase its scholarship awards for each of the past eleven years, and looks forward to continued opportunities to serve more children in need and further strengthen the local community.

Other Documents
Organization Name Catholic Education Foundation
Address 12615 Parallel Parkway
Kansas City, KS 661093718
Primary Phone (913) 647-0344
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Vincent Anch
Board Chair Mr. Derek Teeter
Board Chair Company Affiliation Husch Blackwell
Year of Incorporation 1997
Former Names
Gardner Fund
Gardner Institute Schools of KCK
The Gardner Institute