Retirement Collection December 8 & 9

Through the Retirement Collection we are able to
Share in the Care of our retired sisters, brothers, religious order priests and senior priests in our Diocese.  Many of these selfless women and men continue to minister well into their 80’s and 90’s.

A collection will take place at your parish on December 8 & 9.  Please prayerfully consider a generous gift and pray for God’s continued blessing on them.

To help those who have helped us over a lifetime, please make an online gift today!  You may also send a check payable to: CF/Retirement Collection

Mail to: Catholic Foundation, PO Box 23001, Green Bay, WI  54305-3001

Thank you for sharing in the care of our retired sisters, brothers, religious order and senior priests in our Diocese.

Cindi Brawner Outstanding Fundraising Professional Award Recipient

Cindi Brawner received the Outstanding Fundraising Professional award from the Northeast Wisconsin Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals at their National Day of Philanthropy event November 15 in Oshkosh.

“There are many people who could have been chosen for this award,” shared Brawner.  “I am very honored and humbled to have been this year’s recipient.  My career in philanthropy has been successful because of the wonderful philanthropists with whom I’ve had the pleasure to work with and the supportive colleagues I have at the Catholic Foundation.  It is really a team effort.”

This award is presented to an individual fundraising professional who practices his/her profession in an exemplary manner, has at least five years of professional fundraising experience, demonstrates quality of leadership and acts as a team player.  The recipient must also show a commitment to continuing professional development, to fundraising and philanthropy through volunteer service and financial support of non-profit organizations.

Brawner is a senior relationship manager with the Catholic Foundation and previously served as executive director from 1997 to 2017.

2018 Bishop’s Appeal a Success

As this year comes to an end, it is a time to count our blessings.  We are very thankful for you!  With your support, we raised $6,074,000 from more than 29,692 families and individuals.  

Your gift to the Bishop’s Appeal helped bring joy to young couples wanting to start their family through Adoption Services at Catholic Charities.  Your gift helped train care ministers to be the face of Christ to those who are homebound or in a nursing home.  Through your support of the Appeal you helped this special ministry bring Holy Communion to many people.  

Thank you for your generosity! To learn more about how the Bishop’s Appeal funds were used, please visit

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 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 [email protected].

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!