PHOENIX, AZ (December 26, 2019) — Nancy Padberg, President & CEO of Catholic Education Arizona, announced, “Catholic Education Arizona had a record Giving Tuesday, raising $678,715 from individual tax payers for the underserved students in the Catholic schools of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix.”

Arizona legislation gives taxpayers the opportunity to direct part of their state tax liability through the Private Education Tax Credits. Individuals and corporations will receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit. Arizona is one of 17 states that provide this option for tax payers.

Director of Strategic Partnerships, Colleen McCoy-Cejka shared, “Catholic education is meant to be accessible, attainable, and affordable for any family that desires it. The contributions made on giving Tuesday help schools achieve the goal of affordability for more families.”

Arizona Catholic High Schools provide a solid foundation for future leaders with:

  • A 99% Graduation Rate
  • 97% of graduates pursue higher education or military service
  • 1000’s of hours of community service by students

Deb Preach, Chief Development Officer said, “The education best suited for each unique child should be a right for all, not a privilege. Through participation in the Private Education Tax Credit, Arizona taxpayers are helping make this dream a reality for thousands of students each year. Thanks to you, our children are thriving, our community is stronger and Arizona is prosperous!”

Catholic Education Arizona is the largest provider of scholarships to underserved families attending private schools. Last year $18.3 million in tax credit donations was made to assist 45% of Arizona’s Catholic school students. Since 1998, over $230 million in tuition scholarships has been awarded to 125,000 families. Changing lives one scholarship at a time. 602-218-6542


Debra Preach, Chief Development Officer
Catholic Education Arizona
(602) 469-4594