Join the Founders’ Circle

In 2016, a group of inspired lay-leaders, endorsed by the Archbishop of Detroit, invited passionate Catholics to participate in the launch of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan, forever changing the landscape of Catholic philanthropy in our area.

This intrepid group has now become our Founders’ Circle, a network of engaged Catholic friends who are committed to our mission to serve both generous donors and the institutions in our community helping people in need.

These leaders are providing critical support for the Foundation’s operations during our formative years. Each has committed to providing at least $5,000 per year for our operations for five years as the Foundation grows.

About 50 generous, vitally important individuals and families have joined this group so far, and the Founders’ Circle continues to grow.

We invite you to consider joining us in this lifetime opportunity to make a difference in our community of faith.

Our Founders’ Circle members are publicly recognized by the Foundation, in perpetuity, and they also enjoy special annual educational, social and spiritual events hosted by the Foundation.

Lead the Way as a Founding Benefactor

Join us in our critical mission.

Your partnership enables the Catholic Foundation to preserve and enhance our Catholic values now and for future generations. Contact Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation at Info@CatholicFoundationMichigan.org or call (248) 204-0332.

As the Catholic Foundation expands its mission, we invite all of our donors to consider a special gift of any size to the Catholic Foundation Legacy Fund.

Meet a few of our Founders’ Circle members:

Mike Vlasic
  • Investment Executive, The Discipline of Success
  • Founders’ Circle Member & Treasurer, Catholic Foundation
  • Advancement Council Chair, Archdiocese of Detroit
  • Parishioner, St. Owen, Bloomfield Hills
  • MBA, University of Michigan
  • BS, Engineering, Brown University

In my finance roles it became clear that we are blessed with countless generous Catholic benefactors, but the Archdiocese wasn’t structured to accept large gifts in a way that was easy for the giver. With the Foundation, donors have confidence that they can direct their funds and grants, through an independent foundation, long after they’ve died through a seamless administrative process. The Foundation makes it simple to be charitable.

Marisa Petrella
  • Managing Member, Petrella Brown PLC
  • B.A. and law degrees from the University of Detroit Mercy
  • Mercy High School, Farmington Hills
  • St. Bede Catholic School, Southfield, Grades 1-8
  • Long-time parishioner, St. Regis, Bloomfield Hills
  • Founders’ Circle and Board Member. Chair of the Marketing and Fund Development Committee.

Now I can more easily assist those who want to contribute to Catholic causes either now, upon their death, or even beyond. The Foundation serves as a connection between the investments and donor communities, and Catholic apostolates. It’s clear the spirit is at work in what we’re doing, and you can’t hold the Spirit back! The Catholic Foundation will exceed our expectations because God is working through us.” “I encourage my fellow Catholic who are financially able, to join the Founders’ Circle out of gratitude to God for the gifts they have received. Everything we have comes from God. What a privilege it is to share with those in need and for the benefit of parishes and Catholic Schools.” 

Chris Allen, MHSA, FACHE

Chris Allen, MHSA, FACHE is a dynamic member of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s Board of Directors and a member of the Founders’ Circle. Recently retired, for 42 years Allen served in healthcare administration. For the past 14 years he was President and CEO of Authority Health, the Detroit Wayne County Health Authority, which enhances population health through linking existing health resources and filling gaps with programs and services. During his tenure at Authority Health, he drastically increased its programming for underserved residents. At Authority Health physicians were trained in the following ares: pediatrics, internal medicine, family medicine, and psychiatry. Allen is also Chairman of the Board of the Bon Secours Health System.

There is so much more we as a Catholic Church can do. The Foundation’s grants help to make that happen.”

Learn more about our Members:

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