About Us


The Catholic Foundation is an independent, nonprofit corporation that helps support a wide-range of needs throughout the Diocese of Pueblo. The Catholic Foundation was established in 1995 by Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya and the Board of Directors of the former Catholic Foundation of Southern Colorado.

In 2002, the Catholic Foundation expanded its mission and purpose. In an effort to touch more lives, a grant program was initiated. This program supports parishes, rural missions, Catholic schools and other Catholic organizations.

Known as “The Giving Arm of the Diocese”, the Catholic Foundation strives to be a catalyst for charitable giving by encouraging a fruitful partnership between individual donors and the many Catholic organizations serving the faithful throughout the Diocese.

Bishop Arthur N. Tafoya, 1933-2018



Most Rev. Stephen J. Berg, D.D.
Bishop of Pueblo


Col. Louis Simpleman, Chairperson
Holy Trinity, Trinidad

Ms. Nancy Long, Vice Chairperson
St. Mary, Las Animas

Ms. Kathy Menck, Treasurer
St. Ann, Palisade

Ms. Karen Hinojos, Secretary
St. Joseph, Capulin




Rev. Henry Wertin- Bishop’ s Representative
St. Joseph, Grand Junction

Mr. James Kramer
Christ the King, Pueblo

Ms. Grace Varley
St. Joseph, Grand Junction

Ms. Edith Arias
Sacred Heart, Alamosa

Ms. Laura Solano
Shrine of St. Therese, Pueblo

We welcome our newest Board Members.

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce that Edith Arias (Alamosa) and Grace Varley (Grand Junction) have agreed to serve on the our Board of Directors. We appreciate their willingness to participate and provide leadership from their corner of our vast diocese.

Welcome Back

And we welcome Laura Solano (Pueblo) back to the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors. After a short absence, Ms. Solano has  indicated that she is still willing to serve. We are fortunate to have her back.


The Catholic Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Bishop and consists of clergy and lay people who represent the diverse geographical areas of the Diocese. They have distinguished themselves through their church, business, civic or volunteer activities. The Board is responsible for the fiscal management, corporate governance and strategic planning for the future.

An Executive Director, Associate Director and Executive Assistant administer and oversee general operations.

The Catholic Foundation does not receive any funding from the annual Advancing Missionary Discipleship (AMD) assessment on parishes.

Catholic Foundation funds are monitored by the Board of Directors and managed through a number of investment relationships.  The primary investment vehicle is the Mission Diocese Fund, LLC, as administered by the time-honored Catholic Extension Society.

The Catholic Foundation is allowed the group tax exemption held by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)(3).  The Catholic Foundation is registered and in good standing with the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.

An independent audit or review is performed annually to ensure the integrity of the Catholic Foundation’s financial activities. An IRS Form 990 is available for public inspection at the Catholic Foundation offices, located in the diocesan Catholic Pastoral Center.

Current Annual Report

Available as PDFs. 

Past Annual Reports

Mr. Jimmy DiIorio
Executive Director
jdiiorio@dioceseofpueblo.org | 719-544-9861 ext. 1191


Mr. Steven S. Chargin
Director of Finance and Operations
schargin@dioceseofpueblo.org | 719-544-9861 ext. 1131


Ms. Delores Montaño
Office Coordinator
dmontano@dioceseofpueblo.org | 719-544-9861 ext. 1132

 “The Giving Arm of the Diocese”


The Catholic Diocese of Pueblo Foundation
101 N. Greenwood Street
Pueblo, CO 81003