Roman Catholic Foundation: Seeking to support Catholic organizations in the future

The Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri is open for business, taking the first steps toward funding Catholic education, parishes and organizations throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis for many years.

The foundation recently started accepting funds. Several new funds have been established including scholarship endowments and donor-advised funds.

The mission of the Foundation is to connect donors and their philanthropic goals with the local Catholic church. Parishes, schools and agencies throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis will benefit from increased giving through the establishment of long-term funds to support them for generations to come.

In the coming months, the foundation will launch programs for "planned giving," whereby individuals make lasting gifts to their parishes, schools or other Catholic organizations through the foundation — to pay it forward, as it were.

The Foundation is planning to launch itself as the "Planned Giving Partner" for all of the parishes, schools, and organizations of the Archdiocese later this spring. Through this effort, the foundation will assist those organizations in educating Catholics about the opportunities to remember their parish or a favorite Catholic agency in their estate

The payoff will be support for Catholic education and the Church in St. Louis for years to come.

"This isn't for next year or the year after that, but for 50 years or 100 years from now," said Mark Guyol, the foundation president.

Since its inception in mid-2013, the foundation staff has grow to four: Guyol; Karen Lanter, gift planning officer; Suann Fields, director of finance and operations; and April Esenwah, executive assistant.

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