Foundation awards grants
Twenty-five agencies receive funding through grants from the Catholic Foundation
By Tony Staley
Grants from the Catholic Foundation totaling $84,189 have
been awarded to 25 agencies.
The funds will be used for such diverse purposes as aid for
farmers, outreach ministry to migrant families, to feed the
poor, hospice care and science and art in Catholic schools.
In announcing the grants, Cindi Brawner, executive director
of the Catholic Foundation, said, "I am delighted to
announce these distributions. There is enormous potential
for even larger grants in the years ahead. As more and more
people become aware of how the Catholic Foundation can help
them with their giving, I am confident they will see the
benefits for themselves and the organizations they love."
Bp. Robert Banks started the foundation in 1997 as an
endowment fund to provide a perpetual source of money to
support the mission of the church of the Green Bay Diocese.
The foundation is made up of numerous funds to which donors
can make financial contributions. A school or parish can
start a fund to support themselves with a donation of
$25,000. An individual can start and name a fund for a loved
one or family member to support programs or causes of their
choice for a donation of $50,000.
All the funds use earnings from investments to support
specific services or to provide support for a variety of
programs or services.
Examples of funds for specific purposes are the Notre Dame
de la Baie Academy Fund, the Paul's Pantry Fund and the
Seminarians Fund, which give grants only for those purposes.
Examples of funds that support a variety of programs, rather
than just a specific one, are the Greatest Needs Fund and
the Catholic Women's Club of Green Bay Fund.
A major Wisconsin trust company invests the funds within the
guidelines of the moral and social teachings of the church.
The investments are monitored by the Diocesan Finance
Council's Investment Committee.
Here is a list of the grants:
-- Diocesan Pastoral Services Department, $1,000 from the
Joseph and Sarah VanDrisse Fund for migrant family outreach
ministry; $19,000 from the Greatest Needs Fund for aid to
-- Diocesan Family Life Department, $1,000 from the Joseph
and Sarah VanDrisse Fund to buy display equipment.
-- Diocesan Vocations Department, $4,000 from the Seminarians
Fund to hire a summer intern.
-- Catholic Social Services, $10,000 from the Jeanette K.
Clark Fund for a Catholic school counselor; $2,000 from the
Nazareth Fund for a family program for Hmong and Hispanic
children; $1,000 from the Catholic Social Services Fund for
a follow-up on the Ministry on Aging survey.
-- St. Joseph School, Sturgeon Bay, $1,000 from the Total
Catholic Education Fund for the Artist in Residence program.
-- St. Joseph School, Green Bay, $1,000 from the Paul and
Carol Schierl Fund for Project Promote Our School.
-- St. Philip School, Green Bay, $1,000 from the Paul and
Carol Schierl Fund to buy science kits.
-- Xavier High School, Appleton, and the Appleton Catholic
Education System, $625 each from the Christmas Stars
Scholarship Fund for scholarships for students involved in
-- Notre Dame de la Baie Academy, Green Bay, $1,912.12 from
the Notre Dame de la Baie Academy Fund for general use.
-- Mount Tabor Center, Menasha, $3,215.56 from the Clarence
and Dolores Wallace Fund for general use.
-- St. Paul Christian Services, Combined Locks, $5,000 from
the Arthur and Gladys Schmidt Family Fund, for the needy.
-- St. Patrick Parish, Green Bay, Food Pantry, $9,386.74 from
the St. Patrick Parish Food Program Fund and $200 from the
Catholic Women's Club of Green Bay Fund.
-- Paul's Pantry, Green Bay, $9,419.67 from the Paul's Pantry
Fund; $500 from the Catholic Women's Club of Green Bay Fund;
$1,000 from the Pass-Through Fund.
The following also received grants from the Catholic Women's
Club of Green Bay Fund:
-- Literacy Council of Brown County, $200, for area of
-- Department of Total Catholic Education, $200 for Peace
-- Golden House, $200 for area of greatest need;
-- Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Bay Settlement,
$200 for retirement fund;
-- Brown County Aging Resource Center, $500 to buy a
-- Unity Hospice, $1,000 for area of greatest need;
-- St. Gregory Parish, St. Nazianz, $1,000 to use as the
pastor wishes because of storm damage earlier this year.
-- Heritage Hill State Park Foundation, $1,000 for the Bark
The following all received grants from the Pass-Through
-- St. Rosalia Parish, Sister Bay, $1,000 to support the
-- Holy Name Retreat House, Chambers Island, $5,000 for the
-- Bishop's Appeal, $1,000 for the annual campaign.