International Samaritan is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising the standard of living in garbage dump communities. With headquarters in Ann Arbor, they have offices in Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia. In 2019, International Samaritan received an impact grant from the Catholic Foundation to provide service immersion scholarships to low-income Detroit Catholic school students who will travel to serve members of the garbage dump communities. They also opened the International Samaritan Endowment Fund with the Catholic Foundation in 2019.

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This year, Greg and Phyllis DeMars used their Donor Advised Fund (DAF) with the Catholic Foundation in a unique way – to support an effort to educate healthcare workers about human trafficking. Human trafficking is the crime of buying or selling persons for labor or sex by force, fraud or coercion. Michigan is ranked sixth among all states in human trafficking cases reported.

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Dear fund holders,

With the approaching holiday season and year-end, we desire to anticipate your needs. Please note the following important upcoming dates:

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Today at the Community Granting Awards Breakfast, the Catholic Foundation is, for the first time, honoring five educators and awarding them $1,000 each.

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The Catholic Foundation of Michigan is awarding $106,000 in community grants to southeastern Michigan parishes, schools and nonprofit organizations during the Foundation’s second annual grant awards breakfast on December 3 at the Detroit Athletic Club.

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As the new year begins, what are your goals and dreams for 2020?

What impact do you feel called to make to help spread the Gospel in Michigan and beyond?

Pray. Serve. Learn and Play. As we begin 2020, we are keeping these words front and center, and we invite you to do the same.

In early January, we are featuring funds that are helping others in their resolutions to pray, serve, learn and play. We hope you’ll read about them and discern where you might be called to partner with us.

The Catholic Foundation is here, this year and for many to come, to support you in realizing your philanthropic goals.

Consider how opening or contributing to a fund might be part of your 2020 commitments and then be in touch with us.

Define Your Legacy: Create a Fund

As the end of the year approaches, many people begin to think about charitable giving to our favorite nonprofit organizations. The Catholic Foundation of Michigan is here to help make your giving wise, simple, and joy-filled.

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We are immensely grateful to Veritatis Media for producing our beautiful video featuring our 2019 competitive grant recipients!

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