Board Approves Distributions of $3.4 Million

GREEN BAY, Wis. (Jun. 1, 2017) – The Board of Directors of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc., approved distributions of more than $3.4 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. The Catholic Foundation makes distributions from these funds:

  • Grants from designated funds are awarded in education, services, and ministry.
  • Donor advised funds are awarded to charitable organizations based on recommendations of the donor advisors.
  • Advancing the Mission grants are awarded in the areas of leadership development, evangelization, life-long catechesis.
  • Lumen Christi funds are awarded to support parish religious education programs, Catholic schools and scholarships for people working in education seeking professional and academic development.

For a complete list of 2017 grantees, please visit Below are three examples of programs and ministries that received grants from the Catholic Foundation in 2016.

Leader Quest at Camp Tekakwitha – Leader Quest is designed to provide teens with growth in personal leadership, team leadership and camp leadership through unique camp experiences and offsite activities. The skills they develop make them more capable leaders as individuals, as part of a team, and as a member of their own community. The grant money received was used for programming and specialized staff costs to provide this opportunity and meet the needs of this program. “Without the incredibly generous donations from the Catholic Foundation, Camp Tekakwitha’s high school Leader Quest campers would be unable to take part in the exhilarating activities intended to develop life-long leadership skills centered in prayer, teamwork and self-confidence,” said Chris Refsguard, Associate Director at Camp Tekakwitha.

Message and Meals at St. Paul Parish, Combined Locks – By providing events during the day, Message and Meal seeks to accommodate senior citizens who are often uncomfortable driving at night. The series seeks to foster connections between parishioners and community members by focusing on a theme of faith and community.  “It is critical that we support our senior parishioners by providing good opportunities for prayer and socializing on a regular basis helps these parishioners know they are noticed and important to us,” said Maggie Melchior, Coordinator of New Evangelization & Faith Formation at St. Paul Parish in Combined Locks.

Shepherd School – Shepherd School helps prepare and equip new pastors, pastoral leaders, and administrators for leadership roles in parishes. Since 2008, over 80 people have completed this two year formation program, and grants from the Advancing the Mission Leadership Development Endowment have been instrumental in making it affordable for participants and their parishes. A recent participant of Shepherd School said, “The program helped me feel confident that resources exist to help me with the many-faceted demands of parish life.”

“The beauty of the Catholic Foundation is how much it has grown over time and how much we’ve been able to provide ever-increasing impact in many areas of Catholic life,” says Cindi Brawner, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. “Many people and organizations have been, and will continue to be educated, helped and formed allowing them to strengthen their faith and share it with others. We are truly blessed to be able to help in this positive way.”