IOWA CITY — Several years after it returned to raising funds solely for Regina Inter-Parish Catholic Education Center, the Catholic Community Foundation has assumed its original name: the Regina Foundation.
“Recapturing the Regina Foundation name most aptly reflects the sole mission of our foundation work, which is to enhance the financial strength of the Regina Catholic Education Center,” said Jane Brown, president of the Regina Foundation Board.
The history of a foundation to benefit Iowa City’s Catholic schools spans the last 36 years. In 1973, the Iowa City Vicariate Education Foundation formed to provide funds for Iowa City Catholic Grade School, then located at St. Patrick Parish, and Regina Junior/Senior High School. In 1986, when a capital campaign was held to raise funds to build an elementary school on Regina’s campus, the foundation changed its name to the Regina Foundation.
In late 2000, at the request of the larger Catholic community, the Regina Foundation added development work for the four Iowa City parishes. To reflect its expanded mission, it changed its name to the Catholic Community Foundation.
But in 2005, the foundation discontinued its parish development work.
“Returning to the Regina Foundation name assures donors that gifts to the foundation are used solely to benefit the missions of Regina and its foundation,” Brown said. The foundation is the preferred vehicle for private gifts to the school, she said.