Catholic Education Foundation thanks donors through legacy society creation


For more than two decades, generous donors have helped the Catholic Education Foundation via outright and planned gifts distribute $20 million in financial need-based scholarships to 15,497 qualified students.

To honor those donors, Foundation members have created a special charitable giving club called the ‘Fr. Mac-CEF Legacy Society,’ named after Father Frank McDonald, a priest and lifelong educator in the Diocese of Joliet who passed to eternal life in 2013. Fr. Mac was also a charter member of the Catholic Education Foundation Board of Directors.

Membership to the Fr. Mac/CEF Legacy Society is free to everyone and the sole purpose is to honor generous donors who help the ministry of Catholic education through a planned gift or their disclosure of remembering the foundation in their will.

Whether or not a person considers themselves wealthy, everyone should have an updated last will and testament. It is the genuine responsibility of all Americans to have a plan for their family and their assets regardless of size after they have returned to the Lord. 

In addition, individuals who have supported their favorite charities during their lifetimes often include a charitable bequest in their wills.

The Fr. Mac/CEF Legacy Society recognizes these individuals and families who have disclosed their charitable intention noted in their last will and testament along with others who have created scholarship endowment funds or other perpetual gifts like a charitable annuity or trust in the name of their family.

The Catholic Education Foundation began in 1996 to help provide the financial means for needy students to attend elementary and secondary Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Joliet.

For more information about contributing a planned or memorial gift, please contact the CEF Office at 815-221-6127 or