ORLANDO | The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida’s partnership with generous donors and pastors has achieved heavenly results. For the fifth time in seven years, The Foundation has captured the nation’s top award for stewardship by skillfully cultivating donor gifts for community needs throughout the Diocese of Orlando’s nine-county region.
The 2018 “Total Foundation Effort” award was recently presented to The Foundation by the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC). The Dearborn Heights, MI-based organization – which has 1,200 global members – promotes and supports Catholic teaching on stewardship by providing education and resources for dioceses, parishes, and institutions of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic Foundation’s “Total Foundation” award acknowledges effectiveness across fundraising categories including the annual Diocesan appeal, parish offertory, capital campaigns and giving endowments for Catholic schools, parishes and broader social community needs. The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida also won “honorable mention” in the Planned Giving category for advancing giving through wills.
“These awards reflect the commitment that our donors and pastors have to strengthening Catholic life and how we respond to our faith belief of giving back to our community and serving our neighbors in need, regardless of their religion,” says Kimberlee Riley, president of the 17-employee Foundation. “Our donors are selflessly sharing their resources to improve community life in ways that follow the teaching of Christ.”
Established in 2007, The Catholic Foundation is an independent, nonprofit foundation that partners with generous donors and pastors to support Catholic life throughout Central Florida. Through this partnership, The Foundation has raised more than $438 million. These gifts support 27 life-changing ministries including Catholic education and formation, food, health and housing assistance, seminarian education, retired priests, and outreach programs such as Catholic Charities of Central Florida.
Rafael Gerena, Special to the Florida Catholic – November 20, 2018