In 1915, OSV Institute began as a way to reinvest money generated from publishing and printing activities back into the Church. As a good steward, OSV founder Father John Francis Noll felt that the money was not “his” and that all he had belonged to the service of the Church. Since then, countless parishes, dioceses and apostolates have benefited from his generosity.

Building on the legacy of Father Noll, in 1975, OSV Institute officially received its name, as well as a more formalized program for the use of OSV’s funds. Since then, the organization’s main form of philanthropy has been distributing funds in the form of grants surrounding a broad set of criteria.


In May 2017, the OSV board created and outlined a new vision for the future of OSV Institute. This vision included going beyond grants to seed capital for new innovation, a greater alignment to OSV priorities and a proactive approach to identifying needs and driving the priorities and projects of the Institute. Now, OSV Institute is able to maximize impact with the use of data and measurable outcomes, as well as the formation of think tanks and research-related initiatives. Unlike any other initiative in the Church today, OSV Institute has created a truly unique, innovative, strategic and forward-thinking approach that will drive the organization into the next hundred years.


John Francis Noll, the founder of Our Sunday Visitor, was a remarkable priest and bishop who transformed Catholic publishing and, to a large extent, the Catholic Church in the U.S. With remarkable energy and inspired foresight, he was not only a towering figure in Catholic publishing, but also an esteemed leader among U.S. bishops and a generous benefactor to Catholic causes.