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Catholic Foundation announces 2012 grant recipients

the Inland Register

(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington has announced the names of the organizations that received grants for 2012–2013.

The grant recipients successfully completed the application process that began in January 2012 when the Catholic Foundation mailed application forms to organizations that expressed an interest in receiving funding.

Grants are made each year by the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation. The money to fund the grants comes from several sources: the Unrestricted Endowment provides funds for Catholic Community Outreach grants; the Marycliff Endowment, Religious Education Endowment, and Bishop’s Campaign for Catholic Education Unrestricted Endowment all provide funds for Religious Education Grants.

The Catholic Foundation received 34 applications from parishes, schools and community organizations to fund a variety of projects. As always, the Foundation has depended upon committee members drawn from the community who have the knowledge and expertise necessary to evaluate the project described in the grant applications. This year, the Trustees approved the Catholic Community Outreach Committee’s recommendations for $22,158 in grants and the Religious Education Committee’s recommendations to fund another $15,450 in grant awards.

Successful applicants received their grants at a special luncheon held on Wednesday, May 23 in the Four Seasons Dining room at Touchmark Retirement Community in Spokane. Since the Catholic Foundation began awarding grants in 1983, more than 1,300 parishes, schools and other community organizations have received over $1.3 million through the grant program.

The following organizations received a Religious Education grant this year:

• Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane: $600 to partially fund youth ministry.
• St. Joseph Parish, Colbert: $1,000 to purchase Notre Dame Vision program.
• Assumption School, Spokane: $1,000 to upgrade of religion program to meet revised standards according to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
• St. Joseph Parish, Spokane: $1,600 to support the Religious Education program.
• Catholic Newman Center at Eastern Washington University: $2,000 to partially fund Religious Education and Leadership program.
• Detention Ministry: $500 for Religious Education for inmates.
• St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane: $250 for youth group catechesis.
• Immaculate Heart Retreat, Spokane: $4,000 to partially fund 2012 SEARCH Retreats.
• Tri-Cities Prep, Pasco: $4,500 for religious education.

The following organizations received a Catholic Community Outreach Grant this year:

• L’Arche, Spokane: $2,000 to partially fund the L’Arche Community Retreat at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.
• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane: $3,000 to support production of its weekly TV Mass.
• Secular Franciscans, Dayton Satellite: $250 to help purchase food baskets for local needy families.
• Senior Services Foster Grandparent: $908 to purchase bus passes for Foster Grandparents.
• Natural Family Planning: $1,000 for Natural Family Planning instruction.
• Our Place Community Ministries, Spokane: $2,000 for emergency transportation assistance.
• Caritas Outreach Ministries: $2,000 for emergency family services (heat, utilities, food, and essentials).
• Cheney Ecumenical Outreach Ministries: $1,000, energy assistance program.
• Brewster Food Bank: $2,000 to partially fund the purchase and installation of walk-in freezer.
• St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane: $2,000 to conduct Breast Cancer Survivor retreats.
• Gonzaga Prep High School, Spokane: $1,000 to partially fund the Elementary School Band Program.
• Mid-City Senior Center: $2,000 to purchase Bus Passes for Seniors to go to Mid-City Senior Center.
The Fig Tree ecumenical newspaper, Spokane: $1,000 for online media enhancement.
• Immaculate Heart Retreat, Spokane: $2,000 to partially fund a Suicide Bereavement Retreat and Pastoral Ministry Workshop.

In addition to these grants, the Trustees also made a special grant from the Frank, Anna, Madeline and Lucille Lieb Endowment #3 to Women’s Hearth, a program of Transitional Programs for Women. This endowment was established by Lucille Lieb as a memorial to her family and the generous support they gave to the poor and needy of the Spokane community.

The amount of this special grant is $1,866, which Dia Maurer, Executive Director of Transitional Programs for Women, said will greatly benefit the Women’s Hearth. This program was founded in 1993 to provide a safe place for women who were living on the streets. The Hearth offers a number of basic services to women that promote growth and healing including: access to showers, food and hygiene products; community meals; access to resources and referrals to social services; and a technology center.

Other direct beneficiaries of this endowment are: the House of Charity, programs of Catholic Charities assisting the poor, Our Place Community Ministries, and Immaculate Heart Retreat Center to help pay expenses for the poor and elderly to attend retreats.

There have been many organizations helping the elderly who are poor that have received the annual cash distributions over the years from this endowment. Recipients have included: Domini-Care in Chewelah, Holy Family Adult Day Health, Wisdomworks, L’Arche of Spokane, and Meals on Wheels.

The year 2012 is the first year that the Trustees were able to make grants to Catholic Schools from the Irene Horrigan Trust. In early 1987, Horrigan created a charitable remainder trust, which paid her an income for as long as she lived. With this kind of trust, income generated by the remaining principal of the trust is utilized for charitable purposes upon the death of the lifetime beneficiary. Horrigan chose to combine the principal from her charitable remainder trust, together with the remaining principal from a living trust that she created at the same time, into a single, perpetual charitable trust.

Every year from now on, income from Horrigan’s perpetual trust will be given to the Catholic Foundation, and that income will be distributed in the form of grants designed to assist Catholic schools in Eastern Washington, and students at those schools grades 1-12.

At the Grant and Award Luncheon the Catholic Foundation made the first grants from the Horrigan Trust. These grants totaled $88,000. Recipients were Assumption School in Spokane, Guardian Angel/St Boniface School in Colton, Holy Family School in Clarkston, St. John Vianney School in Spokane Valley, Trinity School in Spokane, Tri-Cities Prep in Pasco, and the Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

All of the grants were for tuition assistance.


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