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Local Foundation Captures A Historic Number Of National Philanthropy Awards
Orlando, FL – December 13, 2019

2019 ICSC AwardsStaff members of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida receiving their awards.

The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida’s work with local donors has led to a historic number of national philanthropic awards, highlighting its ability to foster stewardship that improves the quality of life for children, youth, adults and families throughout Central Florida.

This year, The Catholic Foundation won five total awards, including the top national Catholic stewardship awards in three categories: Annual Appeal Video; Annual Appeal Poster; and Total Planned Giving Effort. The awards were presented in October by the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC). The Dearborn Heights, MI-based organization – which has 1,200 members – promotes and supports donor stewardship that strengthens local comunities.

The Catholic Foundation’s Planned Giving Program received top honors for inspiring donor gifts through wills, trusts, life insurance and charitable annuities. The Catholic Foundation received ICSC “Honorable Mention” awards for the “Appeal Brochure” category, and “Total Foundation Effort,” ICSC’s highest prize. While The Catholic Foundation has won more than 20 ICSC awards in the past decade, this year’s five awards is unprecedented.

“We appreciate the recognition of our peers as we believe strongly in our culture and how we implement our services,” said Kimberlee Riley, The Catholic Foundation’s president and CEO. “Collaboration is an organization value and the award-winning video was developed through our partnership with the Diocese of Orlando’s Communications office. Our Planned Giving Program is distinctively different, as we focus on the transition of philanthropic values between donors and their loved ones, not just the transfer of assets.”

The Catholic Foundation is a philanthropic and investment organization that partners with generous donors to improve the quality of life for children, youth, adults and families throughout Central Florida. It oversees more than $54 million in investments that are managed for growth and to respect Catholic social teaching. As a result of these investments, The Catholic Foundation this year has distributed more than $2 million to strengthen parish and faith life, and to address community needs in Central Florida.


The Catholic Foundation inspires giving to fund God’s work throughout the Diocese of Orlando’s nine-county area. Established in 2008, The Catholic Foundation is an independent, nonprofit foundation that has worked with donors and pastors to support our community. Its assets of more than $54 million in investments are managed for growth and to respect Catholic social teaching. We help individuals and organizations engage in philanthropy in a faith-filled way through socially screened investment options. These resources have built new and expanded churches and community centers to grow faith life in the Diocese as well as prepare seminarians for the priesthood and support retired priests. Additionally, these funds support education, health, housing and food assistance addressing community needs throughout Central Florida.

For more information, contact: Rafael Gerena, Director of Communications, at  or 407.246.4888


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