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Why I Suggest the Catholic Community Foundation

09-14-2019News & ArticlesDcn. James Carabajal, CEO

Since 1983, the Catholic Community Foundation serving the Diocese of Phoenix has administered charitable funds for individuals, parishes, schools, area Catholic organizations, and other special Catholic community projects.  Many of these funds are “endowment funds” which are structured to serve their charitable purpose(s) in perpetuity.  Other funds are “pass-thru funds” which are temporary charitable vehicles that immediately fulfill their charitable purposes.  There are many solid reasons why donors choose to entrust their charitable dollars with us. Here are but a few reasons.

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Impact Moment: Carrying Vocations Into the Future

08-27-2019News & Articles

PHOTO CREDIT: Fr. Doug Lorig, shown here with a portrait of St. Thérèse of Lisieux and a cherished photo of his encounter many years ago with St. John Paul II, passed away Feb. 28. (Joyce Coronel/CATHOLIC SUN)

Fr. Doug Lorig was a beloved priest in our diocese and the first pastoral provision priest. He was a former Episcopal Priest who converted to the Catholic faith along with his wife and four children in 1979. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1984. Serving the Diocese of Phoenix for 32 years, his resume is astounding.

He served as a teacher at St. Mark's Catholic School and Seton Catholic Preparatory High School. He then helped establish Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Queen Creek. He served St. Thomas the Apostle Byzantine Parish in Gilbert and then the pastor at St. Anne. He was also the spiritual director of the Arizona Marian Conference for many years. Fr. Doug kept a prayer journal of people he prayed for, both living and deceased, as well as vocations.

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Administrative Fees Lowered

08-01-2019News & Articles

The Catholic Community Foundation is excited to announce that administrative fees for Donor-Advised Funds are being reduced for the second consecutive year!

Administrative fees for Donor-Advised Funds have been lowered from 1.25% to 1.15%, with the minimum fee being reduced from $500 to $250. This impacts ALL Donor-Advised Fund holders with invested accounts!

Why does this matter?

  • The Foundation offers a lower entry point for Donor-Advised Funds than other financial institutions and community foundations when considering new funds below $40,000.
  • The Foundation is proud to share our success with the rest of the community to help encourage even more community investment!

Still don’t like fees? Good news! The Foundation offers a no-fee Donor-Advised Fund. The ONLY no-fee Donor Advised Fund in Arizona. Contact our development team to get started! ccfphx.org/daf

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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