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The Sisters of St. Francis Foundation was created to provide support for the sisters’ ministries, their retirement, and other designated needs. With the help and support of the foundation’s board of trustees, the foundation seeks to develop methods of raising funds that increase awareness of the sisters’ ministries and enhance the congregation’s presence in communities through the United State and around the world.

Why Do the Sisters of St. Francis Need a Foundation?

Prior to 1994 the congregation did not engage in formal fundraising efforts.  By the early 1990s, circumstances warranted that the Sisters of St. Francis introduce a department specifically tasked to raise funds in order that the congregation could continue to fund sponsored and cosponsored ministries as well as to meet the sisters’ retirement needs.

Mary Vandergeest, OSF, Foundation Executive Director (2000-2016)
Philip Leach, Foundation Board Chair (2011-Present)

We Consider Fundraising a Ministry

“Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission.”

Henri J. M. Nouwen – A Spirituality of Fundraising


For more information about the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation contact:

Deborah Krist, OSF
Director of Mission Advancement
Sisters of St. Francis Foundation
609 S. Convent Road
Aston, PA 19014
(610) 558-7713
(610) 558-5357 (fax) 

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Event Planner Terri Gamble Sets a New Direction

terri gambleIn March 2017, Terri Gamble joined the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation as our new event planner. She is also the president of the Home and School Board of Our Lady of Angels Regional Catholic School. Some of Terri’s favorite job responsibilities include raising money and choosing event venues. Beginning her new job with the foundation only five weeks before our Franciscan Night fundraiser, she jumped right in and, with her hard work and dedication, the event was a tremendous success.

Over the next five years, Terri hopes to increase events and fundraisers to help the Sisters of St. Francis Retirement Fund. She is open to finding different event venues and fundraising ideas as well as developing relationships with new and current donors. She brings a wealth of creativity to this position.  For instance, in planning the annual golf tournament scheduled for October 2, 2017, Terri has already selected a new venue, lowered the price for golfers, and is scheduling a golf ball drop contest. The Sisters of St. Francis Foundation is exceptionally pleased to have Terri Gamble as a member of the staff.

Sisters of St. Francis 23rd Annual Golf Tournament


Monday, October 2, 2017
11 A.M. Luncheon Buffet
12 P.M. Shotgun Start

New Price:  $250 per player

New Venue:  Penn Oaks Golf Club, West Chester, Pennsylvania

New Contest:  Golf Ball Drop

Sponsorship available, click here for more information.