FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2023
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CATHOLIC FOUNDATION OF MICHIGAN NAMES CHRIS ALLEN AS NEW CHAIR OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Catholic Foundation of Michigan has named Chris Allen as the organization’s new Chair of the Board of Directors. The announcement was made by Angela Moloney, President and CEO of the Foundation.
Allen has served on the executive committee of the Board since 2019 including playing a key role in the areas of Board Governance and Nomination, and Grant and Impact. Allen replaces Pat Fehring who served as the organization’s inaugural Board Chair. With Fehring and Archbishop Vigneron, Allen also acted as a leader on the Founders Circle Pilgrimage to Greece, following in the footstep of St. Paul.
“I am honored to serve as the second Chair of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan,” said Allen. “Pat did a wonderful job in leading the board through five years of continuous growth. His vision and leadership cultivated $16.2 million dollars in grants and our position today as a $38 million dollar organization with true community impact.”
Allen’s service to community has also included acting as Chair of the Bon Secours Mercy Health System Board of Trustees, a $9 billion dollar healthcare multistate and international organization, and as Chair of Finance Committee for the Catholic Medical Mission Board. His extensive corporate background includes serving as President and CEO, Authority Health; Executive Vice-President/COO, Hutzel Hospital; Corporate Vice President/Management Services, The Detroit Medical Center; Administrator, Detroit Osteopathic Hospital; and as Assistant Director, Hurley Medical Center.
“My goal is the bring the knowledge acquired through my life and experiences to further enhance the wonderful work of the Foundation, improve our name recognition with the support of the Board, and continue to unleash the gospel to people served in our region,” added Allen. “We are also blessed to have Ms. Angela Moloney and her staff leading the Foundation.”
“I am both grateful and excited to have Chris Allen accept the role as Board Chair of the Foundation,” said Patrick Fehring. “He has been a passionate supporter of the Foundation and active Board Member since our founding. I am confident he will lead the organization in its mission to support Catholic Ministries.”
The Catholic Foundation of Michigan serves as the center of Catholic philanthropy, building stronger communities and supporting Catholic ministries in their work. Established and managed by lay Catholics in 2016 as a Michigan 501c3 nonprofit, the Foundation is endorsed by the Archdiocese of Detroit.
focus: L.I.F.E. Founders Fund
To provide need-based scholarship assistance for those wishing to attend programs offered by focus: L.I.F.E., a project of Life Directions in Detroit, Michigan
Laudato Si’ Granting Fund
The Laudato Si’ Endowed provides grant funding to support creative environmental projects that build a holistic care for creation in line with the papal encyclical, Laudato Si’. The Laudato Si’ Endowed Grants are awarded to Michigan nonprofit ministries and/or schools. Grants are awarded in manner that promote the care for our common home and the promotion environmental issues of as outlined by Catholic teaching
2022 Community Report
In 2022, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan celebrated a significant milestone, marking five years since a passionate group of visionary leaders established this lay-led Catholic community foundation with the goal to transform lives and proclaim the Gospel through philanthropy.
Through volunteer leadership and extraordinary generosity, our early founders inspired others who have contributed more than $52 million in gifts since the Foundation’s launch in 2017.
The first five years of the Catholic Foundation have had an impact on a scale our founders could never have imagined.
- 5 years and a combined impact of $16 million granted to our community, changing and saving countless lives
- 5 years and 330+ faithful students supported through generosity to receive a dynamic Catholic education
- 5 years and the phenomenal growth of 220 charitable funds that support the short and long-term sustainability of 450+ beloved ministries
As we celebrate, we invite you to read our collective accomplishments and be inspired by the stories of individuals and families who, with Christ as the center, are making a lasting impact in our community through their giving.