Rejoice with us! In just over one year, the Catholic Foundation of Michigan has awarded over one million dollars to local parishes, schools, and ministries that are serving our Catholic community and those in need.

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If you are thinking about your final charitable gifts for the year, consider how a gift through the Catholic Foundation can help the people who need it most.

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The 25 community grants awarded by the Catholic Foundation in 2018 are empowering local organizations to meet needs in new ways. One of the recipients in the inaugural competitive grants process was St. Mary Catholic Central High School of Monroe (SMCC).

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In the spirit of Advent joy, the Catholic Foundation distributed nearly $90,000 in grants at our first annual community grants celebration this week. The 23 local parishes, schools and ministries provide critical needs such as:

  • Utilities for a home that provides a safe and loving environment for young pregnant mothers
  • Employment for people experiencing homelessness who help beautify Detroit
  • Evangelization and revitalization programs in Detroit neighborhoods
  • Spanish leadership and marriage preparation programs
  • Catholic Education inclusion program for students with developmental challenges
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The Catholic Foundation of Michigan will award $88,500 in grants to southeastern Michigan parishes, schools and community nonprofit organizations during the Foundation’s 2018 annual grant awards breakfast on December 11 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

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“Thanksgiving is a time of reflection and giving thanks. As a person grows older, you reflect on your life, give thanks and think upon what you can do to make the future better.” a Catholic Foundation donor reflects.

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Change breeds uncertainty, but it also creates an opportunity to evolve. With the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, we have seen plenty of change. One constant, however, is the human desire to create a lasting impact in the lives of others.

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One of the most tax-effective giving strategies for this past year has been the Charitable IRA Rollover. Did you know that if you are 70½ or older that you can transfer up to $100,000 to an endowment fund at the Catholic Foundation directly from an IRA?

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The St. Oscar Romero Endowed Grant, established through the generosity of Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron, is the first Latino-focused fund at the Catholic Foundation. The purpose of this permanent endowment is to strengthen the diverse Latino community of Michigan and contribute to the regions’s vitality by supporting issues and organizations that advance the socioeconomic status of Latinos, while enhancing the spiritual and leadership capacity of the entire Latino community.

2019 Grants will be awarded parishes, schools, and nonprofit organizations that improve the quality of life in the Northeast Region of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Contribute to the St. Oscar Romero Grant Fund

On October 14, Msgr. Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI will be canonized. “Without these two saints, Catholic mission work would be so different,” asserted Msgr. James Moloney, Mission Director of the Propagation of the Faith for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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