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Dr. Faustino Bernadett Nonprofit Spotlight - CEF

Dr. Faustino Bernadett and his wife Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett are proud supporters of the Catholic Education Foundation and are glad to highlight them in this nonprofit spotlight.

The Catholic Education Foundation (CEF) was established as an independent charitable trust in 1987 by Cardinal Roger Mahony with initial support from a core team of prominent business and community leaders in Los Angeles.

  • CEF’s mission is to provide tuition assistance to the most financially deserving students attending Catholic schools within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Its purpose is to make a quality Catholic education accessible to students in need because it lays the foundation for academic achievement and develops values for family, community, and service.

  • CEF’s Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) provides $1,000 per student in grades Pre-K to 8 and $2,000 per student in grades 9 to 12 each academic year and is the core program and foundation of CEF. Students receiving tuition awards qualify on the basis of financial need, using 115% of the Federal School Lunch Program guideline as a threshold.

  • The other CEF programs and activities are donor-designated and include the SOS (Save Our Students) Program, Visual Arts Program, Sports Equipment Program, and the Big Yellow Bus Program.

  • The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has been directing and sponsoring schools since 1865 and is the oldest, largest, most effective non-public school system in California. All Archdiocesan schools are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and enroll students in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara counties.

Here is some data from the organization from the 2020-2021 school year:


The need: $7,500,000

The impact:

  • 209 schools supported

  • 10,022 students served

  • $225,000,000 in tuition assistance received

Join Dr. Faustino Bernadett and his wife Dr. Martha Molina Bernadett in supporting the Catholic Education Foundation!

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