Giving Circle Grant Recipients

2019 Grant Recipients

Boys Hope Girls Hope of Arizona

Awarded: $12,500

Grant category: Teacher’s Choice & Youth Programs
Provide professional therapeutic counseling, testing and training, as well as case management.

NAU Newman Center

Awarded: $30,000

Grant category: Evangelization & Sanctity of Life
Have a permanent FOCUS missionary team on NAU campus.

Newman Connection

Awarded: $5,000

Grant category: Evangelization & Sanctity of Life
Grow the program by sending informational packets, to each graduating senior, in each parish.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel School

Awarded: $40,000

Grant category: Health & Wellness
New school playground.

St. Gregory Catholic School

Awarded: $20,857

Grant category: Teacher’s Choice & Youth Programs
Bringing the students a functional computer lab.

St. Jerome Catholic School

Awarded: $10,000

Grant category: Teacher’s Choice & Youth Programs
Library Renovation - Destiny software for check-out, more books, shelves, a computer, monitor and printer.

2018 Grant Recipients

Catholic Charities

Awarded: $15,000

Grant Category: Work Among the Poor
Provide emergency shelter services for families that need permanent housing in Flagstaff.

Franciscan Renewal Center

Awarded: $14,000

Grant Category: Health & Wellness
Provide spiritual healing for diocesan veterans haunted by combat/military service.

Life Teen

Awarded: $20,000

Grant Category: Evangelization & Sanctity of Life
Empower Hispanic communities to build, implement, and sustain vibrant Catholic youth ministry.

Maggie's Place

Awarded: $25,000

Grant Category: Work Among the Poor
Strengthen families through reunification in a loving, safe home.

Restore Dignity

Awarded: $33,000

Grant Category: Health & Wellness
Provide Spanish Retreat scholarships, awareness campaign, and Spanish program expansion.

St. Joseph the Worker

Awarded: $20,000

Grant Category: Work Among the Poor
Transform lives by offering quality employment through the Employment Heals Communities project.

St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School

Awarded: $18,086

Grant Category: Teacher’s Choice & Youth Programs
Provide outdoor play equipment and sports team uniforms.

2017 Grant Recipients

Aid to Women Center

Awarded: $25,000

Creating greater awareness & impact through relocation of the organization

Andre House

Awarded: $24,000

Addressing profound hygiene challenges through washing and drinking stations

Franciscan Friars of the Holy Spirit

Awarded: $22,000

Ensuring Native American youth do not enter into a culture of darkness

Life Choices Women's Clinic

Awarded: $5,000

Strengthening bonds between struggling mothers and their unborn children

Mission of Mercy Arizona

Awarded: $10,000

Giving the hopeless hope through medical services & a path to health

Our Lady of the Lake in Lake Havasu Soup Kitchen

Awarded: $8,000

Feeding and nourishing the homeless

Paz de Cristo

Awarded: $20,000

Providing dignity & love through hot showers

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Awarded: $10,000

Help veterans, disabled and homeless men and women improve their diet and restore their oral health

2016 Grant Recipients

Arizona Catholic Schools Disabilities Fund

Awarded: $40,000

Students with disabilities in Phoenix Catholic schools have limited or no access to school staff and resources to assist them in succeeding academically. This Catholic Leadership Circle grant funded the creation of teacher tool kits and training for school teachers and staff so that the schools may have a sustainable and community-supported model for long-term inclusion of disabled students. These efforts directly result in more families having the ability to provide their children a faith-based education.

Maggie's Place

Awarded: $25,000

Maggie’s Place is a community that provides houses of hospitality for pregnant and parenting women in need who are living in the greater Phoenix area. Their homes are the heart of their programs and the Catholic Leadership Circle answered their desperate need for various repairs, supplies and home improvements (one-time costs) such as appliances, new carpet, new drywall, paint, and other home supplies.

St. Joseph the Worker

Awarded: $20,000

St. Joseph the Worker transforms the lives of struggling job-seekers as they get back to work in quality jobs. The Catholic Leadership Circle was inspired to support the Employment Heals program to provide one-on-one professional job development guidance, computer and Internet access, professional clothing, resume development, job leads, interview practice, certification fees, transportation, uniforms, basic tools, and safety equipment.

St.Vincent de Paul Catholic School

Awarded: $26,000

Our world is becoming digitized and our students and their families cannot be left behind because of their financial status. One way we can better prepare them for their future is by using the best technology available for their instruction and use. A successful campaign to increase student enrollment at the school has raised the need for technology upgrades, better connectivity, and updated hardware and software. This Catholic Leadership Circle grant funded a new network security router to ensure students' internet safety, 34 computers and 80 iPads which are shared by the entire school.

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matara

Awarded: $7,700

Four religious sisters serve at St. Anthony's Catholic Church and Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Phoenix, dedicating their efforts to providing faith education for both communities. The faith formation program has 300 students at Immaculate Heart of Mary, 180 at St. Anthony’s and 90 adults. In addition, the sister's living quarters were connected directly to the parish office with no separation for privacy. The Catholic Leadership Circle came to sisters' and the parishes' aid by providing this grant to implement audio/visual technology for religious education, to install an appropriate division for their personal residence, and to complete a significant roof repair.

2015 Grant Recipients

St. Mary's Catholic High School

Awarded: $25,000

Grant Title: Creating Sacred Space at Saint Mary's High School
To provide visual and audio enhancements to create a more sacred space for St. Mary’s students to experience the celebration of the Mass in their gym.

Most Holy Trinity Catholic School

Awarded: $20,000

Focuses on activating sensory motor integration processes in elementary school children to build a strong neurological foundation in conjunction with updating playground equipment to appeal to all ages.

Catholics in Action/St. Anne Parish

Awarded: $10,000

Grant Title: The Way of St. James Documentary
Eleven young men from St. Anne's parish set out to walk over 500 miles for love of Jesus Christ. They encountered Jesus' suffering so that they could effectively share His message. They walked along the northern coast of Spain to Santiago de Compostela on the ancient Catholic pilgrimage, The Way of St. James. This grant contributed to the production of a documentary film that is now an evangelization tool.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School

Awarded: $5,000

Grant Title: Student Vision Screening
To purchase two Titmus V2 Vision Screeners. These machines allow for a more accurate and comprehensive vision testing, including measuring eye muscle balance, depth perception, binocular vision and color perception. Using these devices, screeners can identify children that have vision issues, as well as potentially identify students who may have more serious eye conditions. These children are referred to an optometrist or optomologist for a comprehensive eye exam. Our Lady of Mount Carmel also makes these machines available to other diocesan Catholic schools.