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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.

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Endowing Pro-Life Leadership Through Family Estate Gift

In 2005, pro-life student groups from across the state of Michigan gathered together on Michigan State University’s campus to establish a coalition to protect life on college campuses in Michigan ...

Sr. Rose Mary Sam’s Legacy Lives On: Scholarship Fund Provides Transformative Lourdes Experience for Healthcare Students

A teacher for more than 50 years at Michigan Catholic high schools, Sr. Rose Mary Sam has inspired students, parents, parishioners and friends to join her at Lourdes and serve ...

A Distinguished American Diplomat Honors His Family and Detroit’s Youth Through Endowment

John S. Habib, Ph.D. (1930 – 2020) has a great story to share, one that is international but also uniquely American.  The youngest of 11 children, John was born in ...

The Sanctuary Stations of the Cross: How Art is Being Used to Share the Story of Christ in Michigan

 We Adore You, O Christ, and we praise You because by Your holy cross, you have redeemed the world. Lent reminds us that Christ crucified is our hope. But why ...

Catholic Donor Advised and Donor Designated Giving Transforms Family Philanthropy

The power of education is undeniable. It has the ability to change lives, create opportunities, and to inspire individuals to be the best versions of themselves. For Karen and Bill ...

God’s Grace Through a Hitchhiker: The St. Andrew Scholars Scholarship Fund

“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a ...

Endowing Pro-Life Leadership Through Family Estate Gift

In 2005, pro-life student groups from across the state of Michigan gathered together on Michigan State University’s campus to establish a coalition to protect life on college campuses in Michigan ...

Frassati Camp Scholarship Will Provide Transformative Opportunities

When Michelle Kuhar’s nephew was two, a new tradition started in their family. They would take an annual camping trip which always included a stop at Camp Sancta Maria to ...

Generosity Motivated by Hope

Most Holy Trinity (MHT) Catholic School is a Christ-centered community for PK-8 grade dedicated to furthering the religious, academic, social and physical growth of the whole child. Academic excellence, respect, ...

Austin Catholic High School: Fostering Compassionate Leaders

The Catholic Foundation is proud to partner with organizations that foster compassionate leadership and inspire Catholic philanthropy. We are especially proud of our partnership with Austin Catholic High School alumni ...

Investing in Young Leaders at St. Albert the Great

“As we respond to what the Archbishop is asking of us in the Unleash the Gospel movement, we have to invest in future leaders. If anyone could see the young ...

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 ...