The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa was established in 2012 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines. The Catholic Foundation advances stewardship rooted in best financial practices and Catholic values investing. To Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations, we provide strategic tools and fund management to ensure fiscal integrity and promote long-term financial security. To individual and family donors, we provide streamlined, faith-based opportunities for charitable giving.


Our mission is to promote a legacy of giving and support within the Diocese of Des Moines.


Core values #1 catholic

The Catholic Church and its values guide everything we do.

Core values #2 excellence

We expect nothing less than the very best at all times in everything we do.

Core values #3 service

We serve individuals, parishes, schools, and other Catholic organizations as they seek to provide avenues of long-term financial support.

Core values #4 integrity

We operate with honesty and have strong moral principles.

Core values #5 think big

We seek to operate based with best practices industry-wide.


Under the leadership of Executive Director and a Board of Directors, the Catholic Foundation works to manage transactions, steward the investment of assets, and distribute grant and endowment funds. The Catholic Foundation invests all funds in accordance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic values investing principles.



The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa (CFSWIA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that assists individuals, parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations across the 23-county Diocese of Des Moines as they seek to secure and provide long-term financial support.


We support 
individuals, families, and businesses
who wish to provide lasting financial support to Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations within the Diocese of Des Moines through:

Donors enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that their gift directly supports the Catholic parish, school, or organization they choose and is in accordance with catholic values investing principles.

We support
Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations who wish to benefit their entity financially and take caution in being financially-conscious within the Diocese of Des Moines through:

Entities enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that their ministry is sustainable.


Please view our 2020 Annual Report for additional information about us.