Dear Friends in Christ
As we reach the end of 2019’s first quarter, we want to share exciting news that our Board of Directors has approved The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida’s Strategic Plan 2019–2021 which will guide us in serving our community better. Several elements of the plan were developed from stakeholder feedback, our board, Chancery partners and staff. We appreciate everyone’s participation. Below you will find our new Vision and Mission and our Value statements. Additional Strategic Plan details will be shared in the months ahead. Meanwhile, our updates include our new partnership with Young Catholic Professionals Orlando, and an introduction to some of our new team members.
As Our Catholic Appeal (OCA) has begun, we hope you will find helpful our infographic explaining the impact that your generous gifts make within the Diocese of Orlando. Please view the OCA infographic by clicking here. We are also including details for our Catholic Days at the Capitol issues. God bless you and your loved ones this holy Lenten season!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior,
Who will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love
– Zephaniah 3:17
To be the foremost philanthropic organization through which our community contributes to fund God’s work in order to impact lives and promote the Gospel, which builds the Kingdom of God.
To inspire and increase giving, to prudently invest the resources entrusted to us, and to capably steward those charitable gifts to support the spiritual and corporal needs of the community of the Diocese of Orlando.
We nurture our faith to inspire others to transform lives through charitable giving.
We recognize that all we have is from God and every person has the potential for creating a living and lasting legacy.
We are open and honest in our communications to provide access to information.
We listen and learn from our community and invest in initiatives to meet their needs.
Through partnerships, we leverage community resources to maximize impact.
We engage donors in serving the needs of our community and advancing the values and ministries of the Catholic Church.
About Lent 2019
Ash Wednesday, March 6, through Easter Sunday, April 21
During Lent, we are asked to devote ourselves to seeking the Lord in prayer and reading Scripture, to service by giving alms, and to sacrifice self-control through fasting. Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practice self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God’s gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talent.
Almsgiving: Donating time to parishes in the Diocese of Orlando
Attorney Bradley Boyd has enjoyed helping people with their estate planning since 1992. His first client was a retired couple from Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in Palm Bay who wanted an estate plan. Mr. Boyd is an active member of St. John the Evangelist in Viera where he helps to facilitate the “Christ Renews His Parish” men’s retreat, and enjoys singing in the choir.
When asked to present at the Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church Legacy Planning Seminar, he jumped at the opportunity. Mr. Boyd began his presentation with a scripture about planning, and a painting he shared of Jesus with a professional. Not only did Mr. Boyd give a wonderful presentation, he also offered to meet with attendees interested in planned giving and to donate 10% of his fees to Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Church! “Hopefully, people left [the seminar] with a greater understanding and some peace of mind,” Mr. Boyd said.
If you have expertise in legacy planning, including financial planning, and wills and estates, please consider volunteering and lending your expertise to a Legacy Planning Seminar or as a member of our Legacy Planning Advisory Council. We are also seeking financial advisors, trust officers, philanthropy advisors, Wills and Estate attorneys, insurance agents, and hospice nurses and professionals. Please contact Janet Caramello at email@example.com or callto learn more.
This Lenten season, please consider the following Almsgiving opportunities in the Diocese of Orlando:
- Bishop Grady Villas
- Catholic Charities of Central Florida
- Your parish or school (contact their office for volunteer opportunities)
A New Generation of Leaders
The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida has formed a milestone partnership with Young Catholic Professionals (YCP) Orlando. The YCP Orlando Chapter in the Diocese of Orlando consists of young adults in their 20s and 30s, single and married, who are highly motivated to achieve personal and professional success while seeking a greater understanding of our Catholic faith. Stirred by faith, YCP Orlando members will share their time, treasure and talent to support Our Catholic Appeal (OCA). OCA is an annual opportunity for our faith family to support every Catholic parish, ministry and school in the Diocese.
To learn more about this milestone partnership, please click here.
OCA VIDEOS (Click links below to view)
What is Our Catholic Appeal? (41 seconds)
Why should I give to Our Catholic Appeal? (33 seconds)
How does my parish benefit from Our Catholic Appeal? (44 seconds)
How can I get involved with Our Catholic Appeal? (42 seconds)
Our Catholic Appeal: Supporting Catholic Schools
Your gift to Our Catholic Appeal supports more than 14,500 students in 42 Catholic schools throughout the Diocese of Orlando. To learn more, please click here.
In Spanish: Nuestro Llamado Católico: Las Escuelas Católicas de la Diócesis de Orlando
Sus donaciones a Nuestro Llamado Católico apoyan a más de 14,500 estudiantes en 42 escuelas católicas en la Diócesis de Orlando. Por favor haga clíc aquí para más información.
Thank you, Bishops!
Please join us in thanking and praying for our Bishops and faithful who are sharing and educating our legislators regarding issues affecting lives in our state and region for Catholic Days at the Capitol this week. God bless them as they speak for our Church and those who have been marginalized in our society. To learn more, please visit https://flaccb.org/cdac
Respect Life/Social Concerns
A. Abortion – Supporting Senator Stargel Parental Consent Bill (SB 1774)
B. Immigration – Opposing Senator Gruters’ Sanctuary Cities (SB 168)
C. Affordable Housing – Thank you for fully funding the Sadowski Fund- particularly of note for our Central Florida area as we were just designated the worst region in the country for access to affordable housing.
D. Juvenile Justice – action needed – SB 850 by Senator Powell
E. Consumer Finance – opposing Senator Rousson’s SB 874
F. Capital Punishment – sensitivity; thankful for support of limiting scope
Education Policy Concerns
A. School Safety – Funding Equity
B. Family Empowerment Scholarship Program
C. Dual Enrollment Equity Concern
A. Access to Care – concern for the uninsured
B. Hospice Efficiency SB 592 – Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) Exemption for Terminally Ill Patients
C. Medicaid work requirement & retroactive eligibility
In the news: Eric and Diane Holm
Catholic Foundation Board Member Eric Holm and his wife, Diane, were recently profiled in Winter Park Magazine for their extensive philanthropic generosity in Central Florida. Each Thanksgiving, a program by Holm called “Helpings from the Heart” serves turkey dinners to more than 20,000 people at the Salvation Army’s gym on Colonial Drive. More than 1,000 volunteers participate in the program started 26 years ago. To read the inspiring article about our board member, please click here.
New Team Members
Please welcome the Foundation’s new team members and learn more about them by clicking here.
Director of Philanthropic Engagement and Planned Giving
The Catholic Foundation of Central Florida is now on Instagram! Please connect with us!
- April 1: Planned Giving Seminar (St. Theresa Catholic Church. Belleview)
- May 4: Statewide Stewardship Day (Miami)
- June 12 and Oct 10: Investor Conference Series