We are pleased to announce that Kimberlee Riley, President & CEO of 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). 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 1,400 individuals have been awarded the CAP® designation since its inception in 2003.
“The CAP® designation has enhanced my understanding of new models of philanthropy and new practices for socially conscious organizations,” said Kimberlee Riley, The Catholic Foundation’s President & CEO. “The curriculum and courses engaged me with the emerging leaders of the 21st century. The Catholic Foundation is a distinct leader in our region and nationally recognized for its spiritually based and faith-filled philanthropy. I’m looking forward to applying what I’ve learned to further our work with supporting donors in achieving their philanthropic aspirations for self, family and society, and working with our pastors and parishes so that together we can serve our Lord and bring our world to the fullness of charity.”
As President & CEO, Mrs. Riley leads a Foundation that manages more than $57 million in investments on behalf of generous donors, Catholic schools, parishes and missions in Central Florida. These resources provide housing, food, education and health care to people in our community regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. The Catholic Foundation distributes almost $2 million annually throughout the nine counties of the Diocese of Orlando.
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.
ABOUT THE CATHOLIC FOUNDATION OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
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 $57 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.