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September 22, 2000 Issue
Local News

Foundation awards grants

Twenty-five agencies receive funding through grants from the Catholic Foundation

By Tony Staley
Compass Editor

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 farmers.

-- 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 fine arts.

-- 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 greatest need;

-- Department of Total Catholic Education, $200 for Peace Walk 2000;

-- 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 stationary bike.

-- 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 Chapel.

The following all received grants from the Pass-Through Fund:

-- St. Rosalia Parish, Sister Bay, $1,000 to support the parish;

-- Holy Name Retreat House, Chambers Island, $5,000 for the general campaign;

-- Bishop's Appeal, $1,000 for the annual campaign.

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