Janet Caramello


We are pleased to announce that Janet Caramello, Director of Philanthropy at The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida, has earned the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) professional designation from the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School of The American College of Financial Services (ACFS). Janet is the second person on staff to earn the CAP® designation, joining our President & CEO, Kimberlee Riley, CAP®.

The ACFS is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution devoted to financial services holding the highest level of academic accreditation and its faculty represents some of the foremost thought leaders in their profession. The CAP® program provides the knowledge and tools needed by professionals in the nonprofit and financial services fields in order to help clients reach their charitable giving objectives and also meet their estate planning and wealth management goals.

Candidates for the CAP® designation must complete a minimum of three courses in philanthropic studies at the Richard D. Irwin Graduate School and six hours of rigorous, supervised written examinations. The curriculum addresses the advanced design, implementation and management of charitable gift techniques and strategies, as well as philanthropic tools that include charitable trusts, private foundations, supporting organizations, donor-advised funds, pooled income funds and charitable gift annuities. An elite 2,000 individuals have been awarded the CAP® designation since its inception in 2003.

“I am so grateful to have the opportunity to learn this knowledge and help donors improve their communities by maximizing the impact of their financial resources to give smarter in their philanthropic efforts,” Janet said.

Janet is a native Floridian with two decades of leadership experience in the private, nonprofit, and governmental sectors. She joined The Catholic Foundation in February 2019. Previously, Janet provided visionary leadership for the Down Syndrome Association of Central Florida where she expanded programs, developed a sustainable financial model and cultivated major and planned-gift donors. She also fostered relationships with grant funders and corporations.

CAP® graduates are uniquely qualified to bring together gift planners and well-chosen advisors in the common purpose to help families create inspired legacy plans. The Foundation is growing its Planned Giving Advisory Council, which consists of active and talented wealth and estate planning professionals. Additionally, professionals who have earned the CAP® designation help donors improve communities by maximizing the effective application of their financial resources.

The Catholic Foundation inspires and increases giving to fund God’s work and impact lives 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 $70 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. As a proven trustworthy philanthropic organization to give to and give through, we have received the GuideStar Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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