PHOENIX, AZ (Oct 28, 2022) – Phoenix Business Journal ranks Catholic Education Arizona #7 for Cultural/Educational Organizations in Arizona. Arizona’s top Catholic School Tuition Organization (STO) ranked amongst Phoenix’s most admired organizations, like the Desert Botanical Garden and the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley.

Honored by this placement, Nancy Padberg, MBA, President and CEO of Catholic Education Arizona said, “We are overjoyed with this news. We are celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year so this ranking is particularly special. We have a talented and committed team making a difference each day in the lives of children, families and generations to come.”

The Phoenix Business Journal’s annual publication, the Book of Lists, ranks notable local businesses and non-profit organizations in the valley based on each business’ budget and staff size. With only 11 employees, Catholic Education Arizona achieved a record-breaking year in the fiscal year 2022 by raising $24.5 million dollars and awarding 5,673 scholarships.

Individuals and corporations continue to support Catholic Education Arizona and The Diocese of Phoenix Catholic High Schools because of their impressive results:

  • 99.4% graduation rate
  • 97% of graduates matriculate to higher education or military service
  • 1000s of hours of community service are conducted annually

Corporations and LLCs filing as S Corps, C Corps, and insurance companies paying premium tax can direct up to 100% of their state tax liability through participation in the Arizona Low Income and Disabled/Displaced Corporate tax credits through Catholic Education Arizona. Join APS, Cigna, Shea Homes, Ewing Irrigation Products, Meritage Homes, Earnhardt Auto Centers, Grand Canyon University, Lumen Technologies, Dignity Memorial and many medium and small businesses that participate.

Catholic Education Arizona is the largest provider of scholarships to families attending Catholic schools. Since 1998, over $313 million has been raised to benefit students and 148,000 scholarships have been awarded. Learn more about how Catholic Education Arizona is changing lives one scholarship at a time at or call 602-218-6542.

  • Contact: Debra Preach, Chief Operating Officer
  • Catholic Education Arizona
  • (602) 218-6542