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Expanding Horizons With CCF-LA

September 27, 2017

A lot has been happening over at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy in Downey, and Catholic Community Foundation of Los Angeles is proud to be a part of these momentous occasions! CCF-LA is working with the Smet Foundation and J.F. Shea Construction to upgrade the school’s athletic fields, a big plus for the students and the local community. The Smet Foundation recently opened a Donor-Advised Fund here at CCF-LA for the sole purpose of supporting St. Pius X – St. Matthias. A DAF can be utilized in a multitude of ways for charitable giving. Such a range includes grants toward […]

A Donation No-brainer

September 12, 2017

The Catholic Community Endowment is, simply, a permanently endowed fund that will make grants to deserving entities within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in perpetuity. When our president and executive director Kathy Anderson so eloquently announced and explained the formation of this fund—the first started by this young foundation—it so inspired me when I arrived home from work that day, I wrote Kathy a brief email: “I’m in.” I have worked at CCF-LA for a little over two years, and in that time I have been privileged to work with a staff that is not only dedicated to but passionate […]

Back to School for All!

September 6, 2017

Now that we have reached the beginning of September, those who have not already started are facing the inevitable…time for back to school. This year it is not just back to school for the kids in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, but I am going back to school as well. Last week I began classes at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC to pursue a Master in Nonprofit Leadership and Management. The program The Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) program at USC began in 2015, and I am part of the third cohort.  I am […]

Record-breaking Milestones Distinguish Our Foundation. But Then Again, Who’s Counting?

June 21, 2017

Over the past 24 months in operation, the foundation has granted out over $61.8 million for Catholic education, pastoral life, religious orders, and other causes deeply embedded in our Catholic faith. Already, based on assets under management, we are the second largest Catholic Community Foundation in the country. Our operations team, the board, and our various committees are all united in the efforts to make things happen; we just don’t take no for an answer. From best practices to strategic approaches, our little “think tank” team comes up with creative and innovative ideas, including balanced score carding to measure our progress […]

Above and Beyond

June 9, 2017

On May 11, 2017, I attended the Catholic Education Foundation’s 30th Anniversary celebration at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. The moment I arrived, groups of students from various Catholic schools throughout Los Angeles greeted me at the entrance. I had no idea what to expect from the event because I had never seen anything quite like it. Little did I know that one moment would encompass everything CEF was about. After the Bishop Amat Blue Lancers marching band led everyone onto the field, the program began with opening remarks and a prayer from Archbishop José Gomez followed by dinner and […]

Pope Francis Sets Challenges, Provides Encouragement at Economy of Communion Meeting

May 9, 2017

This past February, Pope Francis welcomed some 1,100 participants to the “Economy of Communion” meeting organized by the Focolare Movement, one of the lay ecclesial movements in the Church. The Economy of Communion seeks to unite people through economic activity and enterprise. Currently over 800 businesses around the world follow its principles of profit sharing and active community involvement. Over 40 initiatives are part of this network in the United States.   In his address, Pope Francis talked about money, poverty, and the future. Reading his talk , I felt that he was not only speaking to Economy of Communion […]

Donor-Advised Funds: the Fastest-Growing Charitable Gift Mechanism Today

April 25, 2017

In recent years, the Donor-Advised Fund has become a hot discussion topic for charitable gifting due to the flexibility of contributing assets now to gain an immediate tax advantage while designating charitable recipients later. Further, appreciated stock can be gifted to a DAF for a tax deduction of the full market value and is not subject to capital-gains tax. DAFs are invested and increase in value in a tax-free environment, multiplying the impact of the original gift over time. For family foundations, legal, administrative, and governance costs are virtually eliminated when assets are moved to a DAF. Also, the limitations […]

The Archdiocese of L.A. Welcomes New Converts on Holy Saturday

April 14, 2017

This holiest of weeks in the Catholic Church, culminating in Easter Sunday, is prefaced by the Easter vigil on Holy Saturday. On that day, catechumens and candidates are fully initiated into our Catholic faith. Recent news from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reflects that the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is the largest in the United States and will welcome 2,464 to our faith including 1,756 who will be baptized for the first time. That number represents a 33 percent rise over 2016 in adults choosing the Catholic faith. What a blessing to our Archdiocese. These are faith-filled individuals […]

Celebrating Easter Sunday With the Pope on my 21st Birthday

April 12, 2017

As Easter Sunday fast approaches, I reflect on attending the Easter Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square last year. I had heard many times that it was a Catholic student’s dream to visit St. Peter’s Basilica and see the Pope, but I had never been able to fully relate to that., partly because I had never attended a Catholic school until I attended Mount St. Mary’s University, an all-women’s Catholic university, three years ago. When I arrived at St. Peter’s Square, I was amazed at the crowds who showed up to receive the Pope’s blessing. It was a melting pot; […]

“For Greater Things You Were Born”

March 8, 2017

On March 1—Ash Wednesday—Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated his sixth anniversary as Archbishop of Los Angeles and presented his second pastoral letter. In “For Greater Things You Were Born,” he touches on themes including education, abortion, euthanasia, immigration, human trafficking, addictions, and the criminal justice system. The letter was written to remind us that there is more to our lives than we think, that God created each one of us with a purpose, and that it is important we “rediscover these ‘greater things’ for which we are born.” He states that God wants us to be happy and blessed, but […]