Happy Thanksgiving

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praisMost-Precious-Bood-Parish-Stain-Glass-Jesuse.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name. — Psalms 100:4

God is good!  His blessings are bountiful and we have much to be thankful for as we approach this Thanksgiving holiday.  Amid the chaos and celebration of what we hope is a joyous holiday for you and your family, consider your blessings and please pray for those who are suffering in the world.  One of the great blessings for the Catholic Foundation has been the financial support we are able to bring forth to those who are struggling and to share the Gospel.  God’s peace to you on this special day!

Josh Diedrich
Executive Director, Catholic Foundation of the Diocese of Green Bay



2018 Grant Applications Now Available

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce we are accepting grant applications.  Each year the Catholic Foundation awards grants to assist education, service and ministry within the Diocese of Green Bay, its parishes and schools.  Included are Advancing the Mission grants in Leadership Development, Evangelization and Life-Long Catechesis.  The Foundation also has grants available through Lumen Christi and Catholic Foundation area of interest funds.

Grant applications need to be submitted prior to December 1 to be considered.

Last year more than $5.3 million was approved for distribution. To learn more about Catholic Foundation grants or to apply, please click here, call Becky Haeny at 920-272-8181 or email [email protected].



IRA Charitable Rollover Now Permanent

Congress has reauthorized and made permanent the FB Post - IRA Rollover v4
IRA charitable rollover. If you are 70 1/2 or older, you can make a charitable gift up to $100,000 from your IRA. Your gift will qualify for your required minimum distribution and you will not have to pay federal income tax on the amount given directly from your IRA to charity.

Please consider a gift to your Parish, Catholic school, the Catholic Foundation, Bishop’s Appeal Endowment, or other diocesan ministry.

For more information please contact your IRA administrator or tax
adviser.  You may also  call Cindi Brawner here at the
Catholic Foundation:  920-272-8173.



Seminarian Collection Reaches $908,000

The Seminarian Collection has raised $908,000 to help support men 
on their journey to the priesthood.  This year, the Diocese anticipates spending more than $1,000,000 to train and form our Seminarians.

Newly ordained priest Fr. Greg Parent said “Yes!” to the priesthood.  Since June 2016, there have been 10 new priests ordained for service in our Diocese.  This is a great sign of hope!

Help educate and form our future priests today. Please give to the Seminarian Collection.



Catholic Foundation approves distributions of $5.3 million

The Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc., approved distributions of more than $5.3 million.

The Catholic Foundation awards grants that financially support the spiritual, educational, and social needs of more than 200 organizations within the 16 counties of the Diocese of Green Bay.

Click here to learn more.



Bishop’s Appeal Reaches $6 Million

Pope Francis reminds us that we can go out to every man and woman, bringing the goodness and tenderness of God.  We do this when we visit the sick, care for the afflicted, and inspire others in their faith.

Through the Bishop’s Appeal, we are Embracing a Life of Discipleship.  It is with great appreciation we can say more than $6 million has been raised from 29,608 donors.  These gifts directly impact the ministries and services provided by the Diocese of Green Bay.  More importantly, gifts help people see the face of Jesus.

Your gift helps show mercy to others, to reach out in kindness and lend a helping hand.  Please support the Bishop’s Appeal with your gift today!  Thank you for your support of the Bishop’s Appeal.



Catholic Foundation Celebrates 20 Years

The Catholic Foundation celebrates 20 years of impacting lives thanks to your generosity!  What started as a vision by Bishop Robert J. Banks in 1997 has grown to more than $90 million today.

Families partner with the Foundation to create a legacy for future Catholic generations.  Gifts are used for education, ministry and social service needs throughout our 16-county Diocese.  Nearly $40 million has been distributed throughout the last
20 years.

“Our friends support us because of our Catholic values.  Families recognize the impact we have in the community and in our parishes,” shared Cindi Brawner founding Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation.

The Catholic Foundation has achieved tremendous success. With your prayers and generosity we will continue to grow for the next 20 years and beyond. Thank you!

To learn more about how we can help you create your legacy, please call Cindi Brawner, at 920.272.8173 or email ca[email protected].



Bishop’s Appeal Supports Catholic Charities Counseling Services

A wedding is an exciting event!  But what happens when the honeymoon is over?  Marriage is hard.  Issues like poor communication, financial stress, family problems, infidelity, and resentment can weaken a marriage.

Catholic Charities Counseling Services provides a light out of the darkness.  Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal helps to promote healthy marriages.  Did you know in 2017, 24% of the distributions from the Bishop’s Appeal went to support the services provided by Catholic Charities?

Currently more than $6 million has been raised toward our $5.4 million goal.  Please prayerfully consider making a gift to the Bishop’s Appeal.  Your gift today helps Catholic Charities reach out to counsel those in need.  Thank you for your support of the Bishop’s Appeal.



Foundation supports the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

Shrine-of-Our-Lady-of-Good-HelpThe National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help sits quietly in northeastern Wisconsin, surrounded by dairy farms and rolling cornfields. Seemingly untouched by our modern world, for over 150 years it has been a place where the faithful have come to seek intercession from the Blessed Virgin Mother.

The Catholic Foundation assists the Shrine by doing an annual fundraising campaign, encouraging people to establish endowments that benefit the Shrine and by helping people leave a legacy by remembering the Shrine in their wills and estates. To help the Shrine today, please consider making a gift.

If you would like more information on how you may leave a legacy to support the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, your parish or other ministries and programs in the Diocese of Green Bay, please contact Josh Diedrich at 920-272-8197 or Cindi Brawner at 920-272-8173.



Impacting Lives for 20 Years

Since its founding in 1997, the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay has distributed more than $35,000,000 to support Church ministries and services for the spiritual, educational, and social needs of God’s people.

We can help you:

  • Make a gift that immediately makes a difference
  • Make a gift that both gives you a life income and helps others
  • Make a gift that will help others later through deferred giving
  • Make a gift to a new or existing fund that
    benefits a parish or ministry

Whether you are interested in assisting a ministry of the Church, educating our seminarians, remembering the Church in your will, helping your parish or the Church in many other ways bring Christ to thousands of people throughout Northeastern Wisconsin, the Catholic Foundation can assist you.

Each gift helps. Thank you on behalf of everyone you are assisting.

To learn more about how we can help you with your charitable intentions, please review our Annual Report or Contact Us today!