ALLOUEZ — Josh Diedrich has been appointed executive director of the Catholic Foundation, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Diedrich, director of the Bishop’s Appeal since 2003, succeeds Cindi Brawner, who has held the position since 1997. The appointment was announced Dec. 7 by the Catholic Foundation Board of Directors.
Brawner will continue serving the Catholic Foundation through her work with estate planning and donor relations.
Lee Kummer, president of the Board of Directors for the Catholic Foundation, thanked Brawner for her “leadership and dedication, not only to the Foundation, but to each parish of our diocese. Her vision has impacted the parishioners in countless ways.”
“We look forward to working with Josh as we grow the Foundation and increase the positive impact it has on our parishes,” added Kummer. “(Diedrich) becomes our second executive director, having established meaningful and strong relationships with the clergy and parishioners of our diocese and possessing the skills to expand the awareness of the Foundation throughout our diocese.”
Bishop Robert Banks appointed Brawner as the Foundation’s first executive director in 1997. Under her leadership, the Catholic Foundation has grown to more than $90 million while establishing a $1 million Affordable Housing Institute, over 215 parish funds to support parishes, schools, facilities, ministries and other causes, and a $1 million tuition-assistance endowment.
Nearly $40 million has been distributed throughout the 16-county diocese in the areas of education, ministry, and social services over the past 20 years.
Brawner was recipient of the 2015 Bishop William G. Connare Award from the International Catholic Stewardship Conference (ICSC), which “recognizes for distinguished service those who have been diocesan stewardship and development officers.”
Diedrich started with the Catholic Foundation in 2000 as marketing specialist. He became assistant director of the Foundation and director of the Bishop’s Appeal in 2003. Diedrich has been instrumental in helping the Foundation grow assets from $5 million to more than $90 million. His leadership efforts have also allowed the Bishop’s Appeal to successfully reach fund-raising goals for the last 10 years. The annual campaign has grown from $3.8 million to $5.9 million annually.
In his new role, Diedrich will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Catholic Foundation, which includes all of the annual giving for the diocese, as well as fund development and grant making.