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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Catholic Foundation announces grants benefitting ministries throughout Eastern Washington

the Inland Register

(From the August 20, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

Grants were awarded at a luncheon July 9 in Spokane. From left: Bishop Thomas Daly and, from Natural Family Planning, Joy DeFelice, Janet Niederstadt, and Mary Lenoue, with, at far right, Nancy Vorhees, Chair of Board of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington. (IR photo courtesy of the Office of Development Services of the Diocese of Spokane)

At a luncheon Thursday, July 9, the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Washington announced the names of the parishes, schools and organizations that received a grant for 2015-2016. The grant recipients were the guests of the Foundation at the luncheon, held at 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.
• Three others – 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 $25,000 in grants and the Religious Education Committee’s recommendations to fund another $14,412 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, Catholic Charities programs that assist the poor, and Our Place Community Ministries. Also receiving a distribution from that endowment is Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane, to help pay expenses for the poor and elderly to attend retreats.

Lucille Lieb left it up to the Trustees of the Catholic Foundation to determine each year who the recipient of a fifth distribution 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 $1,749.85 went to Providence Adult Day Health.

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 2015, distributions from restricted and unrestricted endowments combined were $838,756.

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 $2.2 million since 1983.

The following organizations received a Community Outreach grant this year:

• Gongaza Prep, Spokane: $3,000, for the School Band Program.
• SMASH Youth Ministry: $2,000 for Team Spokane: Faith in Action.
• Natural Family Planning Program: $800 for Natural Family Planning Instruction.
• St. Joseph Family Center, Spokane: $3,000 for Weekend Retreat and Counseling for Women Veterans.
• Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Spokane: $500 for Garden for the Poor.
• Poor Clare Sisters, Spokane: $3,000 for the Vocare vocations program.
• St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards: $500 for T-shirts for Youth.
• L’Arche Spokane: $2,000 for Annual Community Retreat.
• Immaculate Conception Parish, Colville: $1,500 for attendance at Steubenville Northwest Youth Conference.
• Cheney Outreach Center: $1,700 for Rent Assistance Program.
The Fig Tree ecumenical newspaper, Spokane: $500 for Design Software subscription 2015.
• Catholic Newman Center at EWU: $4,000 for Student Leadership Intern Program.
• Holy Family Youth Group: $1,500 for Helping Hand Project.
• Diocese Committee for Catholic Scouting: $1,000 for Scouting in the Catholic Church.

The following organizations received a religious education grant:

• Guardian Angel-St. Boniface School, Colton: $200 for Saints and Religious DVDs.
• Trinity School, Spokane: $2,412.12 for Family Life.
• Southside Catholic Vacation Bible School: $500.
• Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane: $3,500 for funding for 2015 SEARCH Retreats.
• St. Peter Parish, Spokane: $500 for Youth Ministry Curriculum.
• St. Mary Parish, Spokane Valley: $500 for Vacation Bible School.
• St. Joseph Parish, Otis Orchards: $1,000 for Mission Trip.
• Tri-Cities Prep, Pasco: $2,500 for Junior Encounter.
• St. Patrick Parish, Pasco: $1,500 for Catechist Formation Program.
• St. Joseph Parish, Spokane: $1,800 for Religious Education.


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