Fr. Saldanha Shares His Experience Using Our Offertory Programs

Our Offertory Enhancement Recovery and Restoration Initiative and Online Giving Campaign programs support deepening faith and stewardship to help parishes with their day to day expenses.  “I am very pleased with the overall results of the ORRI+OGC [Offertory Recovery and Restoration Initiative and Online Giving Campaign programs] at St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Cloud) which was done with the assistance of The Catholic Foundation. Overall, there was an increase of 21% in the offertory and a 30% increase in the number of people giving online. This has led to an increase in our weekly collection. The [offertory programs] brought awareness to our community about the importance of stewardship and tithing. The [programs] shared the message that stewardship involves time, talent, and…

Plant Your Roots This Spring

Spring brings new possibilities. It reminds us of the foundations created with thoughtful planning, both in nature and in our lives. Now is the perfect time to plant your roots through estate planning. This might feel like an overwhelming task, but it doesn’t have to be. For those interested in a customized estate plan, setting up a Trust or discussing options with an attorney, we are blessed to have vetted Catholic estate planning attorneys on our Planned Giving Advisory Council.  Several of our Planned Giving Advisory Council members have offered a free one-hour consultation for individuals referred by The Catholic Foundation. The Catholic Foundation is also pleased to offer you a one-stop, 100% FREE online estate planning tool from FreeWill…

Welcome Our New Team Member: Natalia Bakurova

Natalia Bakurova joined the Foundation team this past month taking on the Senior Accountant position. Below Natalia shares a little bit about her life to introduce herself to our loyal patrons. Join us in welcoming Natalia Bakurova to the Foundation team! Tell me about yourself. Where are you from and how did you end up here at the Foundation? “I am a native Ukrainian. I have a wonderful and friendly family. I have been married for over 30 years and have 2 sons and an amazing grandson. After moving to America, I lived in a small town near Jacksonville and at the end of 2023 I moved to Orlando. I worked at the beginning of this year at H&R Block as…

The Concord Advisory Group, Ltd: Market Highlights

The Foundation utilizes Concord Advisory Group as our trusted partner for investment management services. We serve both organizations to provide annual income and financial wellness as well as individual donors to meet their philanthropic aspirations or legacy goals. Concord is an Investment Advisory Group with a strong focus in religious-based non-for-profit services providing strategic advice to staff, investment committee and board members to improve the results of our investment services. The Foundation’s investment services include endowment funds, Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), and two time-horizon based reserve funds each with their own targeted performance strategy. Concord has more than 30 years of experience assisting partners manage the balance between spending policy and corpus growth while navigating the challenging factors of SRI…

How The Catholic Foundation Supports Deacon’s Formation

Next month, Bishop Noonan will ordain 18 new men to the permanent diaconate. These men will each serve a different community in the diocese. Here at the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, we help steward their lives mission by maintaining a Diaconate Reserve Fund. Deacon Joseph Gassman, Secretary of Leadership and Parish Life, established this fund in January 2020. A Reserve Fund enables wise management of money over a period of time in accordance with our Catholic faith. Through the help of our donors, this fund provides partial scholarships for deacon aspirants who cannot meet their financial obligations during formation. The fund also offers partial scholarship to deacons or their wives enrolling in courses to specify them in certifications that…

Protect Your Catholic Legacy with Free Seminars

Life is an unpredictable journey. The best safeguard for your future and the legacy you wish to leave behind is preparation. To ensure your legacy is protected, you have to be proactive about planning for the future. Surprisingly, studies indicate that 60% of Americans do not have will or estate plans in place.  The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida (CFOCF) offers free legacy seminars throughout the Diocese of Orlando. We partner with parishes, schools, and ministries to put together presentations teaching people how and why to make or update their family’s legacy plan. Our Legacy Seminars bring together a group of Catholic professionals who specialize in financial, estate, and funeral planning. These experts will speak on key estate planning documents,…

Join Us in Congratulating Sarah Pinto on Earning Her CAP® Designation

Join Us in Congratulating Sarah Pinto on Earning Her CAP® Designation Sarah Pinto CFRE, CAP® is the Director of Philanthropy at the Catholic Foundation of Central Florida (CFoCF). She recently went through a rigorous course, The Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®), to be better equipped to lead donors to make the right philanthropic decisions. The American College of Financial Services grants the CAP® designation. This program equips non-profit professionals with comprehensive curriculums to meet their and their donors’ philanthropic goals. “Achieving the CAP® designation has been an enlightening and affirming journey. This program has deepened my understanding of philanthropy and has reenergized my approach to serving our donors and community as a fundraising professional.” Sarah Pinto CFRE, CAP®, Director of…

Wishing Farewell to a Valued Team Member: Jannah Szeibert

Wishing Farewell to a Valued Team Member: Jannah Szeibert Jannah joined the Catholic Foundation team two years ago when her husband relocated from California to Florida. This month, our team wished farewell to Jannah as they made their return to California. Jannah was a devoted member of the Community Services team, which mainly focuses on working closely with parishes and schools to enhance their financial wellness. Jannah said she wore many hats during her time working for the Foundation. She contributed to vital projects, such as Our Catholic Appeal, and generously offered her talents as a photographer for our organization. Though we are sad to see her go, we are thankful for the blessings of her hard work and dedication….

Embracing Spring as a Time of Rebirth

Spring is the season of renewal and growth where nature blossoms back to life all around us. It serves as a beautiful reminder of rebirth, a central theme in Catholic faith. Let us take a look at ways we can practice these concepts of growth through this spring season. Spiritual Renewal through Confession The Sacrament of Reconciliation beckons us during this time of the year, especially as we journey through lent. Confession offers us a chance to shed the weight of our shortcomings and, like a budding flower in the spring, emerge renewed. Take this time for personal reflection and spiritual growth, setting personal and spiritual goals for summertime.  Almsgiving and Charity As Catholics, our hearts are always called to…

Celebrate Divine Mercy through Service and Compassion

Celebrate Divine Mercy through Service and Compassion Divine Mercy is a day to reflect on God’s love and compassion for all people, regardless of their sins. And every year on the Sunday after Easter, it calls to us to extend that same forgiveness to others. Each day can be a new opportunity to practice forgiveness and compassion. This can manifest through small acts of kindness, lending an attentive ear, or finding forgiveness for those who wronged you. It is important to remember that in serving others, we serve Christ Himself. Every step we take embodying these practices brings us closer to a better world. Click here to read the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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