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The Office of Development serves as your conduit for making extraordinary charitable contributions to your parish, school or favorite ministry. Because the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, all contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.

Check or Money Order – Please make your check payable to “Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown” and include the title of the appeal or special collection in the memo line. Please mail it to Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, 2713 West Chestnut Avenue Altoona, PA 16601-1720. For your protection, please do not send cash by mail.

Online / Credit Card – Make your one-time gift or pledge with your American Express/Discover/MasterCard/VISA card through our secure online giving page. We currently accept gifts for the Annual Catholic Appeal, Gallitzin Cause for Canonization, Catholic Charities Special Collection, Suzanne Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center, and several other diocesan initiatives. Please click on the Donation button above to begin.

Direct Debit from Checking/Savings (Online) – Make your one-time gift or pledge to the above-mentioned initiatives by using your checking or savings account through our secure online giving page. Please click on the Donation button above to begin.

Stock – Giving appreciated, marketable securities to the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown may reduce your tax liability. Please be sure to check with your tax advisor prior to making your stock gift. Download our stock gift instructions.

IRA Qualified Distributions
Individuals who are at least 70-1/2 years of age can make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from a retirement IRA for the benefit of a ministry, parish or school in our diocese. A QCD counts as a required minimum distribution (RMD). Download our guide to learn how to make an IRA qualified distribution.

Learn about QCDs and the SECURE Act.

Planned Gifts – Legacy gifts allow you to advance the mission of Jesus Christ for generations to come. The most basic way to remember the Church in your estate plans is through a bequest in your Will.

A possible statement to include in your Will might read:
I give, devise and bequeath to [the specific Diocese, Parish, School or Ministry], located in [location] a dollar amount equal to [x] percent of my adjusted gross estate for federal estate tax purposes.

Legacy gifts may also include cash, stocks, mutual funds, bonds, insurance proceeds, property (real estate, art, jewelry) and other forms of appreciated assets. In any case, it is important that you consult a tax advisor and/or estate planning attorney regarding your legacy giving.

If you are interested in establishing a permanent endowment, we encourage you to contact the Independent Catholic Foundation at (814) 201-2080 or on the web at

For more information, please contact Pam Seasoltz, Director of Stewardship & Development, at (814) 695-5577 or at Thank you!

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