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Vocations make our communities thrive

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It’s the combination of passion and commitment that defines the word vocation. We see vocation in our parents and grandparents, our spouses, our teachers, our caregivers, our first responders, government and social workers, elected officials, and yes, our priests, brothers and sisters in religious life. In this newsletter, we want to recognize vocations because that’s the force that makes our communities thrive.

From the nurse that held a patient’s hand in their last moments of life to the doctor that helped bring new life into the world, from the teacher that kept a student from being bullied to the principal that struggled to balance the budget with more resources, from the parent responding to a child’s physical or emotional pain to a child helping an aging parent, these are all examples of vocation.

In our Church, we recognize the vocation to religious life as selfless, giving up other vocations to serve God and people in a spiritual way that leads to eternal life. Our religious leaders, including lay men and women, act with courage and compassion for our right to practice our faith.

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CCF-LA’s Business is Wide and Far!

By area: We have over 4 million Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, spanning across 5 pastoral regions, with 288 parishes in 120 cities

2022 – the kindest year ever!

The greatest achievement for CCF-LA in 2022 was evident in the amount of grants that were issued. A total of almost $75 million was sent to schools, health care providers, social services organizations, and shelters that feed and house the poor and marginalized. Not bad for being in our eighth operating year!
This was a new milestone in reaching worthy Catholic and charitable organizations aligned with the values of our Church – and truly a testament to the CCF-LA mission that empowers charitable people and organizations to be more impactful.
In 2021 we issued $50.2 million in grants and that was a record year. To handle this much higher level of volume and to keep up with our extraordinary levels of services, we formed two dedicated functions as an outgrowth from the development effort.
 The Client Services team, led by Tania Naaman and with Janette Gordo, meets the daily demands of issuing grants and receipting gifts, while ensuring compliance to policies and procedures for recording all transactions.
 The Marketing function, led by Norma Hernandez with Bonnie Peralta, focuses on outreach to clients, beneficiaries, and prospects through the newsletter, website, publications, and events – each providing an informative touch point and reminder of the purpose of CCF-LA.
Every grant made by CCF-LA sends a strong and kind message to a charity, indicating that their mission is important to us and to the advisor on the charitable fund that was the source of the grant. The work done in a community foundation environment is truly the power of many like-minded people and organizations coming together to make a difference, and in 2022 it was an $75 million difference!