Donor Stories

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When you give through the Catholic Foundation, you are joining a community of philanthropists that bring the light of Christ to thousands of people across our area.

Meet our donors. Explore their stories. And see some examples of how a Catholic community Foundation can drive faithful impact.

DAF Supports Almsgiving as a Family

Since Kristy and Anthony Schena’s children were young, they have been diligent in emphasizing the importance of sharing time and treasure as a family. They made a practice of giving ...
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“Use Me, I Am All Yours Now.” Priest Creates Living Trust for Beloved Parish

Fr. Rich Treml entered the seminary at age 50 and when he was ordained five years later, he told the Lord, “Use me, I am all yours now.” Eighteen of ...
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DAF To Educate about Human Trafficking

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 ...
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Endowment Supports Transformation of Girls into Women of Faith and Vision

“As the only all-girls Catholic high school in Macomb County we are the hidden gem ...
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Our Lady of Good Counsel Honors Beloved Former Pastor with Fund

For 12 years, Fr. John Riccardo served as the pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel (OLGC) Catholic Parish in Plymouth, Mich. Known for his dynamism and innovative evangelization efforts, Fr. John ...
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Through Scholarship, A Beloved Brother Lives On

On November 20, 2018, John Duncan Cameron passed away at age 53. Gone too soon, John’s family remembers him as being creative, an entrepreneur, and a hard worker. He loved ...
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Sustaining a Mission of Prayer & Sacrifice for the Needs of the World

By: Carolyn WilsonFor over 100 years, The Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills has been a home for Dominican cloistered life and perpetual adoration. Currently it is home ...
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Intentional, Straightforward Giving with a DAF

Holly and Justin Rutt are co-founders of The Little Flower Soap Co., which sells handmade natural bath and beauty products. Launched in 2010, their company recently received national recognition in ...
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Reflecting on the Past, Giving for the Future

“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 ...
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Giving Back to God First

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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Planned Gift Provides Security for Cabrini Clinic’s Future

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 ...
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