September 2019 Dear Friends in Christ, Although Hurricane Dorian skirted the Florida coast this month, leaving the Diocese of Orlando relatively unscathed, we recognize that our sisters and brothers in the Bahamas, and parts of the United States (U.S.), were less fortunate. Torrential rains and savage winds shredded the Bahamas, causing an estimated $7 billions worth of damage, generating more than 1.5 billion pounds of rubble, claiming more than 50 lives and leaving more than 1,300 people missing. In the U.S., the storm left thousands without power in the Carolinas. In response, The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida partnered with Bishop John Noonan and generous donors like you to support these communities. The Foundation created an online donation page ( that has collected more than $50,000 in gifts from nearly 250 generous donors like you who have provided relief to people harmed by Hurricane Dorian. Thank you for being Christ to others during their time of need. God is our refuge and our strength, an ever-present help in distress. Psalms 46:2

2019 Disaster Collection Being Christ to others

2019 Hurricane Dorian Our season of storms has arrived. As a result, The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida is supporting Bishop John Noonan’s 2019 Disasters Collection relief effort to provide water, food, shelter, and medical care to our sisters and brothers in need. Please click here to read Bishop Noonan’s message. Please click here to make a generous gift to Catholic Charities USA and/or Catholic Relief Services, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church. They work with local agencies to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs of storm-damaged areas such as the Bahamas, and Central Florida. They also support the Church’s pastoral and reconstruction needs in distressed areas.

Catholic Foundation Upcoming Events: 2019 Investor Forum

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St. Teresa Investor Forum Please click here to register for this Oct. 10 event. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Camous at or 407-246-7192.

Upcoming Event: Create Your Catholic Legacy

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St. James Planned Giving Seminar Please click here to register for this Oct. 16 event at St. James Cathedral. If you have any questions, please contact Rosie Camous at or 407-246-7192.

Intentional Giving

Kimberlee Riley Please click here to read an article written by our President and CEO, Kimberlee Riley, about how to become strategically intentional about your giving so that you maximize the  impact of your gifts.   Please click here to read an article about discerning a philanthropic plan that maximizes your impact and joy in giving.
 Kimberlee Riley

Intentional Giving: Donor Advised Funds Your Gift Supports Your Passion!

Donor Advised Fund Change the world by making a gift to a parish, school or ministry close to your heart. We have more than 200 charitable organizations for you to choose from in our Donor Advised Funds. Gifts are invested for growth while respecting Catholic values. Donor Advised Funds offer an opportunity for you to give in a way that can include your children or loved ones as you support your Catholic values. For more information, please contact our president, Kimberlee Riley, at or 407.246.7194

Intentional Giving: Tribute & Memorial Funds Honor Someone Special

Celebrate and honor your loved ones and those who have blessed your life: Establish a tribute or memorial benefiting the Catholic ministries they cherish. Tributes can be created to honor someone special by celebrating their life milestones, such as an anniversary, birthday, or other occasion. Memorials are gifts in loving memory of someone special. Please click here to learn how you can establish a tribute or memorial.

Partnering with our Community: Planned Giving Advisory Council Launches

Planned Giving Advisory Council As part of The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida’s strategic plan, a Planned Giving Advisory Council has been established. It includes a group of active-and-talented charitable gift and estate planning professionals dedicated to the mission and vision of The Catholic Foundation. The goal is to support our community in realizing their philanthropic impact through a network of estate and financial planning professionals. The Foundation and Advisory Council members will provide educational and networking opportunities to support Central Florida professionals with incorporating distinct services that will help their clients realize the philanthropic impact they have accomplished through their giving, and to connect them with resources to further their philanthropic journey. The council’s first meeting was Friday, September 27th at St. Margaret Mary in Winter Park.  Kimberlee Riley, the Foundation’s president and CEO, and Janet Caramello, Director of Philanthropic Engagement, recognized the council’s founding members: Garrett Burke (Chair), Rob Thomson (Vice-Chair), Chris Garcia, Kathleen Hagerty, Ty McCormack, Steve Thagard, and Ryan Plank (not pictured). To get on our meeting initiation list, or for more information about The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida’s Planned Giving Advisory Council, please contact Janet Caramello at

Partnering with our Community: Charitable Gift Planners of Central Florida

Janet Caramello Speaks to Gift Planners The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida this month sponsored the Charitable Gift Planners of Central Florida September Luncheon at East End Market in Orlando. Janet Caramello, the Foundation’s Director of Philanthropic Engagement, discussed foundation services and the new Planned Giving Advisory Council.
Janet Caramello

Planned Giving News

Please click here to read philanthropic news that can help you make an impact through generous giving.

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