As a young couple, Mike and Debbie Bloomgren’s budget was often stretched. “There were times when we thought we weren’t sure how we would make it,” they recalled.

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By Kristen Andree

Nearly 60 professionals attended the charitable planning seminar hosted by the Catholic Foundation of Michigan and the Giarmarco, Mullins, & Horton, P.C. Trusts and Estates Practices Group on September 20 at Manresa Jesuit Retreat Center.

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The Catholic Foundation of Michigan – one of the state’s most innovative lay-led Catholic nonprofit and an organization that facilitates multi-generational giving in line with the U.S. Conference of Bishops guidelines – today announced the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors.

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Sometimes the management of a family or private foundation can become burdensome. At the Catholic Foundation, we are here to help. We can provide our distribution, reporting, or grant-making services via a grant from your private foundation that establishes a philanthropic fund at the Catholic Foundation, or via a conversion of your private foundation into a fund or support organization of the Catholic Foundation.

Working with the Catholic Foundation often affords greater tax advantages and distribution flexibility and relieves you of the costly and time-consuming record-keeping and reporting responsibilities. The Catholic Foundation can offer personalized services for your family to help discern where God is calling you to share your gifts. You will be part of a larger faith community that sits at the center of Catholic philanthropy in southeast Michigan.

We’ve recently created a resource to help you think through the factors related to establishing or converting a family foundation or a family fund. Take a look today, and then be in touch!

The Professional Advisors Group (PAG) was established this summer. Professionals in the field of financial, estate, or insurance planning are invited to become members this dynamic group. Members share their expertise with fellow professional advisors on how to integrate philanthropy into conversations with Catholic clients.

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The Catholic Foundation of Michigan’s 2018 Summer Grant Workshop was an outstanding success! 38 participants gathered at Grosse Pointe Wood’s Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on July 12th, representing a wide variety of Catholic parishes, schools and nonprofits from around southeast Michigan for an informative breakfast and learning session.

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St. Katharine of Drexel’s remains will be moved from the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Blessed Sacrament located in Bensalem, PA to the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

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St. Frances Cabrini Clinic is America’s oldest free health clinic and has been at the service of disadvantaged Detroit residents since 1950. Located in the Corktown neighborhood, a wide variety of nearly 80 volunteer health professionals and students provide primary care, mental health care, and prescription assistance.

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That headline seems cold and insensitive, but it grabs our attention. That statement was mentioned at a LEAVE A LEGACY® conference I attended several years ago.

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Dear friends of the Catholic Foundation of Michigan,In a spirit of joy and gratitude we are pleased to share with you “Year One” – the first Annual Report for the Catholic Foundation of Michigan. What a grace-filled year it has been!

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