A Message from Deacon James

07-15-2019News & ArticlesDeacon James Carabajal

The Lord blesses each one of us with many undeserved gifts. And, for those who have been blessed and who are inspired by the Gospel teachings, charitable giving is a reflective and joy-inspired expression of love and gratitude for God and His people. The Catholic Community Foundation’s mission is to help you put those goodhearted values into action and grow the value of your gift for the greater good of our community, here in the Diocese of Phoenix, and beyond.

We at the Foundation remain committed to protecting and preserving your charitable gifts according to our Catholic faith and values. However, many have not been introduced to the Catholic Community Foundation here in the Diocese of Phoenix. Please allow me to do so.

We are a separate and distinct 501(c)(3) non-profit civil organization that enjoys the recognition of a Juridic Private Canonical organization in the Church. The Foundation focuses its efforts by supporting parishes, Catholic schools, and the many Catholic faith-based organizations who fulfill God’s call to serve through those generous gifts entrusted to us, from all of you.

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A message from our Chairman, John Even

06-14-2019News & Articles

May your summer bring many blessings

Our youngest daughter, Emily, was born on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 2002, so this Feast Day and the whole month of June has always been a special one for our family. I hope that this month and this summer bring many blessings to all of you and your families and that you are able to get out of town for a vacation for at least a little while to refresh your minds, bodies, and souls.

For my wife, Rebecca and me, our faith is the most important part of our lives. The Catholic Community Foundation helps us put our faith into action through streamlining our charitable giving and helping us support our favorite ministries in an impactful way. As Saint Ignatius of Loyola says, “Faith is seen more in deeds than in words.”

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A message from our Chairman, John Even

06-14-2019News & Articles

May your summer bring many blessings

Our youngest daughter, Emily, was born on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 2002, so this Feast Day and the whole month of June has always been a special one for our family. I hope that this month and this summer bring many blessings to all of you and your families and that you are able to get out of town for a vacation for at least a little while to refresh your minds, bodies, and souls.

For my wife, Rebecca and me, our faith is the most important part of our lives. The Catholic Community Foundation helps us put our faith into action through streamlining our charitable giving and helping us support our favorite ministries in an impactful way. As Saint Ignatius of Loyola says, “Faith is seen more in deeds than in words.”

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Needs-Based Scholarship for Diocesan Employees

05-09-2019News & Articles

For the past 36 years, the Catholic Community Foundation is honored to fulfill its mission of facilitating access to Catholic education by providing financial support for the employees of the Diocese of Phoenix, through the Crozier Catholic School Scholarship program. In effort to provide a high level of service, the Foundation conducted a survey to all previous recipients of the Crozier Catholic School Scholarship. The overwhelming response was that this scholarship should be based on financial need and not an automatic grant.

Therefore, to create the largest impact we've changed the criteria to be a needs-based program. Applications for the scholarship should be submitted through FAIR. If you have not done so, go to www.fairapp.com and click on the "diocesan employee" box towards the end of the application. If you have already submitted a FAIR application, please forward your FAIR application verification to us at info@ccfphx.org. We will receive a list of all applicants who have selected the diocesan employee box.

We appreciate all of your feedback which enables us to continue maximizing impact in our Catholic schools.

March 2019 Update

03-20-2019News & ArticlesDcn. James Carabajal

My grandmother used to say, "Jimmy, time sure flies when you're having fun". We, the dedicated staff at the Catholic Community Foundation are doing just that! We are having an amazing time serving the Catholic Community in the Diocese of Phoenix, offering a variety of financial tools and resources. We are honored to execute our mission by facilitating gracious giving, prudent investing and thoughtful granting among the faithful in one of the fastest growing Catholic communities in the country.

In the past 30 days, 15 very deserving organizations presented their greatest needs to 50 Catholic Leadership Circle members at the 4th annual CLC Pitch Day. Forty students received the prestigious Christian Service Scholarship at St. John XXIII Catholic School Community, where generous sponsors gave four year scholarships, valued at $8,000.00, to students who strive to live the Two Greatest Commandments of Loving God and Loving Neighbor. And if that wasn't enough, the Foundation has begun working on a new scholarship program that will provide awards based on "financial-need" for students in the Diocese to attend Catholic school beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. This is possible because of a generous donor who remembered the Foundation in her estate wishing to support Catholic Education.

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Deacon's New Year Message

01-22-2019News & ArticlesDcn. James Carabajal

As we reflect on 2018, the Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix is proud to have played an instrumental role in many significant initiatives that have supported our Catholic Christian community. Thanks to generous donors, the Foundation was able to provide more than $2.9 million in assistance through all of our charitable giving programs.

The Foundation awarded $145,000 in grants to seven local Catholic organizations through our Catholic Leadership Circle Grants Program. While these grants provided significant community impact, due to a lack of available funds, we had to turn away 21 deserving Catholic agencies who had requested more than $400,000.

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Tax-Wise Giving for 2018

11-27-2018News & Articles

IRA Charitable Rollover
Congress made permanent the law that allows people 70 ½ or older who own an IRA to make gifts directly to charity while satisfying their Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). For many, this is the best tax-wise way to give. Consider contributing to the Foundation to support works of mercy, need-based education or a gift to one of our perpetual endowment funds, sustaining ministries throughout the diocese.

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Get to Know: Lynn Donahue, Director of Fundraising

11-01-2018News & Articles

What is your role at the Catholic Community Foundation?

I am the Director of Fundraising at the Foundation. I will focus my efforts on special events and helping grow the Catholic Leadership Circle.

How long have you worked with the Catholic Community Foundation?

I am brand new at the Catholic Community Foundation! I started in August.

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Donor Advised Funds Simplify Giving, Make a Lasting Impact on Causes that Count

10-01-2018News & Articles

The Catholic Community Foundation provides an opportunity for community members to simplify their charitable giving while making a lasting, positive impression in the community through donor advised funds.

It allows the donor to make a gift, in stocks or cash, that will fund the Donor Advised Fund. The fund’s assets grow tax free and the donor is able to provide recommendations on grants to be made from the fund through their online portal — all without any fees.

For Jerry and Kathleen Morgan, establishing their Donor Advised Fund six years ago has provided a way to give consistently to the charities of their choice regardless of variations in their income.

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Catholic Community Foundation Supports NAU Students Through the Newman Center

09-07-2018News & Articles

The Holy Spirit Newman Center was established over 50 years ago on the campus of Northern Arizona University to be a beacon of Christ’s light to students at NAU and Coconino Community College. With hundreds of students participating in Mass, Bible studies, sacrament preparation and fellowship activities each week, the Newman Center provides a spiritual home for students.

“Students can feel so isolated and alone, and the center has become a home away from home where they can show up as they are and be known and loved,” says Fr. Matt Lowry, Chaplain of the Newman Center.By some estimates, 80 percent of Catholics that leave the Church do so during their college years. Those that continue to engage during those years, however, are more likely to continue attending Mass after college, discern vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and to live their faith in their daily lives.

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