In 2019, as a direct response to the Archbishop of Detroit’s message in Unleash the Gospel, the Catholic Foundation was called upon to create the Spirit of Innovation granting fund.

The Spirit of Innovation Grant called for Catholic parishes, schools and organizations in the archdiocese to develop, launch and grow new initiatives, ministries and approaches that share the Good News with all, forming joyful missionary disciples. 

This year’s Spirit of Innovation Grant was awarded to St. Clare of Montefalco Parish School community for their Unity in Diversity project. The focus of the project is to bring various communities that exist within the school and parish together to unite them around acknowledging and celebrating their differences through diversity and inclusion training and intervention.

Learn more about this inspired project by watching the video below. You can also click here to listen to a podcast interview with St. Clare Montefalco Pastor Fr. Andrew and Principal Ann Crowley and Richard Lane, a member of the Foundation Grant and Impact committee, as they talk about the Unity in Diversity grant.


In the spirit of Giving Tuesday, the Catholic Foundation distributed over $120,000 in today’s annual community grants celebration. The challenges of COVID have provided the opportunity for our entire community to gather virtually and join in this remarkable, joyful celebration of giving.

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As 2020 comes to a close, year-end charitable contributions are likely on your mind – and the deductions that come along with them. One lesser-known tax-saving strategy is “bunching,” which is the process of taking more than one year’s worth of deductions all in one tax year.

Bunching became more popular with the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), which included an increase to the standard deduction – nearly doubling to $12,000 for singles and $24,000 for married couples who file jointly. Before the TCJA of 2017, we know that about 69% of filers claimed the standard deduction. This jumped to about 86% after the TCJA — nearly 30 million more households.

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