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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington surpasses $1.4 million in grant support

the Inland Register

(From the July 17, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Pictured at left is Jane Ewers, chair of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington. With her and Bishop Cupich are representatives of St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane, which received grant funding this year. From left are Sharon Eklund, Sister Pat Millen of the Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia, Sarah Bain, and Sister Patricia Novak, also of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia. (IR photo courtesy of The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington)

At a luncheon on Wednesday, June 18, the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington announced the names of the parishes, schools and organizations that received a grant for 2014-2015. The grant recipients were the guests of the Foundation at the luncheon, held in the Four Seasons dining room at Touchmark in south Spokane.

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.

This year, the Trustees approved the Catholic Community Outreach Committee’s recommendations for $20,500 in grants and the Religious Education Committee’s recommendations to fund another $14,060 in grant awards.

In addition to those grants, the Foundation also makes another distribution which comes from the Lieb Endowment. Through annual cash distributions, this endowment supports the House of Charity, programs of Catholic Charities assisting the poor, and Our Place Community Ministries, as well as Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, to help pay expenses for the poor and elderly to attend retreats.

In addition, there is a fifth recipient of the annual distributions. Lucille Lieb left it up to the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation to determine each year who that recipient will be. Her only direction was that the recipient should be a program that helps the elderly who are poor. This year’s distribution of $1,707 went to Meals on Wheels in Spokane.

Another critical part of the Catholic Foundation’s mission is to make annual distributions of income to the beneficiaries of various endowments within the Foundation. The first income distributions of $29,042 were made in 1983. The Trustees have approved annual distributions every year since then – even in 2009, at the deepest part of the recession. In 2014, distributions from restricted and unrestricted endowments combined were $759,860.

Besides those distributions, the Foundation’s Trustees have awarded grants to the benefit of more than 1,300 schools, parishes, and other community organizations – in all, over $1.4 million since 1983.

The following organizations received a Religious Education grant this year:

• St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards: Adult Faith Formation Speaker, $500
• St. Joseph Parish, Spokane: Religious Education, $1,500
• Assumption School, Spokane: Christian Living/Family Life Education, $1,500
• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center: Funding for Search Retreats/Funding for GU Ministries Retreats, $6,560
• St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley, Religious Education: Vacation Bible School, $500
• Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville: High School Youth Group, $1,000
• Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane: Cathedral Youth Ministry, $500
• Cursillos: Cursillo Weekend, $1,000
• Catholic Newman Center, Eastern Washington University, Cheney: Religious Education/Leadership Program, $1,000

The following organizations received a Catholic Community Outreach grant:

• Prison Ministry: Religious Education via Outreach to those Imprisoned, $2,000
• L’Arche Spokane: Providing an Opportunity for Spiritual Growth for the people in the L’Arche Spokane community, $4,000
• Our Place Community Ministries: Bus Passes for the Homeless, $2,000
• The Fig Tree: Funding for Research, Consulting and Implement a New Online Searchable Format and an Educational Speaker for the 30th Anniversary Dinner: $250
• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center: TV Mass Outreach Equipment Upgrade, $1,500
• Catholic Engaged Encounter: Marriage Prep Retreat Program: $2,000
• St. Joseph Family Center: Weekend Retreat for Bereaved Parents, $1,500
• Natural Family Planning Program: Natural Family Planning Instruction, $900
• Sacred Heart Parish, Othello: Spiritual Library/Spiritual Retreat for all Parish Leaders, $1,650
• SMASH – Parish Youth Ministries: Youth Mission Trip to Serve the Low Income Seniors and Families in Pittsburgh, Pa., $1,000
• Cheney Outreach Center: Energy Assistance Program, $500
• St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards: Childcare for Parent Faith Studies, $1,200
• Holy Family Parish, Clarkston, Youth Group: Helping Hands Project, $2,000


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