In order to emphasize its mission, the board of the Ukrainian Catholic Education Foundation has unanimously voted to operate under the name Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation. “Since we were founded in 1997, our primary purpose has been to support Ukrainian Catholic University. This change just highlights our mission,” said Taras Szmagala, Jr., the foundation’s board chair. “Over time, we will roll out the new name and logo, but our primary focus will remain on raising funds for UCU,” he added.
The Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation was founded in 1997 to support and fund the growth and operations of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, Ukraine. As the only Catholic university in the vast territory of the former Soviet Union, UCU is at the forefront of building a civil society in Ukraine, educating its students to be ethical and moral leaders of a new Ukraine. Through its fundraising activities in the United States, the UCU Foundation assists UCU in meeting its educational and financial challenges and supports its successes as the premier Catholic educational institution in Ukraine.