Catholic Foundation announces new appointments

By The Compass | July 25, 2018

ALLOUEZ – The Diocese of Green Bay announced two new appointments for the Catholic Foundation. Tammy Danz has been named Bishop’s Appeal director and Janet Wagner was appointed development director of the Catholic Foundation, effective July 1.

The Catholic Foundation encourages financial stewardship and generosity through faith-based giving in the Diocese of Green Bay. It focuses on supporting Catholic parishes, schools and ministries through endowment funding.

In a July 24 press release, Josh Diedrich, executive director of the Catholic Foundation, announced the two appointments.

“As the Catholic Foundation continues to grow, I am pleased to have Tammy and Janet join the Foundation’s leadership team,” said Diedrich. “I look forward to working closely with them as we look at new and innovative ways to support Catholic education, social services and ministry in northeastern Wisconsin.”

Danz has served as campaign specialist with the Catholic Foundation since 2012. In this role, she helped to raise more than $30 million for the Bishop’s Appeal supporting ministries. Among the ministries supported are individual and family counseling, campus ministry at UW-Green Bay and UW-Oshkosh, diaconate formation and training for Catholic school leaders. Through the Seminarian Collection, Danz helped to raise more than $5 million to assist men who want to be priests with school tuition, room and board, health insurance, and other expenses.

As Bishop’s Appeal director, Danz will oversee the annual Bishop’s Appeal, along with other giving campaigns, said Diedrich. She will also supervise campaign teams, create marketing and promotional materials, assist with yearly goal setting, and further establish relationships with vendors, parishes and families interested in supporting the church.

Danz succeeds Diedrich, who was named Catholic Foundation director last January.

“Through my work with the Catholic Foundation, I’ve learned a lot about what it means to walk with and share your faith journey with others,” said Danz. “I look forward to working with parishes to help them develop strategies to reach their appeal goals and assist people within their communities.”

Wagner has served as relationship manager with the Catholic Foundation since 2017. She brings more than 15 years of development and leadership experience in Catholic organizations. “Wagner has participated in strategic planning, annual, major and planned gift solicitation, budgeting, board relations and leading teams,” said the press release. “She has 10 years of experience working with endowments and foundations, including creation of new funds, grant management and scholarship programs.”

“I am thrilled to be working for the church to grow missionary disciples through the work of the Catholic Foundation,” said Wagner. “We are blessed by the generosity of so many families and the dedication of our clergy. I look forward to getting to know more people in our diocese, sharing my faith and growing support for our parishes, Catholic schools, and ministries.”

In more than 20 years of existence, the Catholic Foundation has grown to more than $90 million in managed assets and has distributed nearly $40 million to support Catholic schools, parishes and other Catholic organizations.

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