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.

Membership is a lifetime opportunity to make a difference in our community of faith. Actively engaged Catholics who want to have a meaningful impact on our community are invited to join!

Key Benefits

  • Members are publicly recognized by the Foundation, in perpetuity.
  • Invitations to participate in spiritual and social events with Foundation board members and leadership team.
  • Exclusive and unique retreats and pilgrimages.
  • Annual mass and breakfast with other Catholic leaders and the Archbishop of Detroit.

Becoming a Founding Benefactor

Individuals who contribute $5,000 per year for five years to help support the operations of the Catholic Foundation during its formative years will be invited to join the Founders’ Circle.

Join our critical mission today. Your partnership enables the Catholic Foundation to be in a position to continue to preserve and enhance our Catholic values for present and future generations. Contact Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Catholic Foundation at or call (248) 204–0332.

Support Today

Giving generously brings joy, and it changes lives. By sharing with those in need, we follow Christ’s desire for us and participate in bringing hope and new life in the world.

We invite all of our donors to consider a special gift of any size to the Foundation’s Legacy Endowment Fund as the Catholic Foundation expands its mission. Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to working with you to make a difference in our community of faith.

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Learn more about our Members:

Creative, Collaborative Evangelization: Inspired Founders’ Circle Member Shares Vision

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 ...

God Will Exceed Our Expectations

Over the course of my legal career, I have helped clients with their family and business needs, and one of the most effective tools is estate planning. Many of my Catholic clients have been looking for the Catholic version of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, but there wasn’t anything ...

Meet a few of our Founders’ Circle members:

Mike Vlasic
  • Investment Executive, The Discipline of Success
  • Founders’ Circle Member & Investment Committee
  • 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.

Chris Allen, MHSA, FACHE

Chris Allen, MHSA, FACHE is the Board Chair 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.”