Our History

Incorporated in 1997

NCCF was incorporated in Delaware in early 1997 and received 501(c)(3) tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service later that year.

Our founders are listed below, including our principal backer, the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities, a private family foundation in Wilmington, Delaware. Because of their personal experience with Catholic philanthropy since 1945, the members of the Raskob Foundation voted to establish NCCF and to assist its start-up by committing in excess of $2 million over eight years to be matched by funds from other sources.

Our Founders are:

  • The Amaturo Foundation (FL)
  • Catholic Medical Mission Board (New York, NY)
  • Daughters of Charity (Emmitsburg, MD)
  • Franciscan Sisters of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD)
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Poor Foundation (New York, NY)
  • Jesuit Conference (USA)
  • Leadership Conference of Women Religious (Northwestern States)
  • Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate United States Province (Washington, DC)
  • Order of Carmelites (Darien, IL)
  • Order of the Most Holy Trinity (MD)


  • Sisters of Christian Charity Mallinckrodt Convent (Mendham, NJ)
  • Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Sisters of Mercy of Baltimore (MD)
  • Sisters of St. Benedict (Ridgely, MD)
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (All Provinces)
  • Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia (Franciscan Ministries Foundation, Aston, PA)
  • Society of the Holy Child Jesus (Drexel Hill, PA)
  • St. Joseph Medical Center (Towson, MD)
  • Ursulines of Wilmington (DE)
  • The Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities (DE)
  • The Xaverian Brothers USA, Inc.