At over a century old, the Institute is one of the oldest Catholic foundations in the United States.
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, the 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 board of OSV created and outlined a new vision for the future of the 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.
OSV has truly had a transformative impact on the life of the Church in unseen and often untold ways. Since its founding, OSV Institute has given away more than $75 million to Church initiatives. Today, the same hope and sense of responsibility exemplified by Father Noll in 1912 continues to resound — hope born of trust in a God who sustains and protects us.
Who We Are
The Institute Committee
To Serve the Church
There is an overarching mission statement that guides Our Sunday Visitor's every step: "To serve the Church." That's what truly makes OSV a social enterprise — serving the Church through the quality of its products and services and, in turn, serving it again through the grants and initiatives of the OSV Institute.