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PERMANENTLY-ENDOWED FUNDS

Endowment Funds

The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan stewards and manages funds that benefit parishes, schools and ministries. In addition to funds established by parishes, many generous donors have created funds within the Catholic Foundation in the names of loved ones and families that provide assistance to a variety of parish and diocesan programs. Semi-annual distributions from these funds generate a consistent source of support for important ministries and services throughout the diocese.

For more information about supporting an existing fund or establishing a new fund, contact CFWM office: 616-333-1640 or info@cfwmi.org.

Funds Impacting

the Eleven Counties of Our Diocese

Education

  • Bishop’s Fund for Catholic Education
  • Dzwonkowski Education Fund
  • Ronald & Joan Griffith Fund

Faith Formation

  • Bishop Kevin M. Britt Adult Faith Formation Fund
  • Bishop’s Fund for Religious Education
  • Fund for the Faith
  • Media Evangelization Fund
  • Pastoral Services Ministry
  • Paul and Leisa Snow Fund for Catholic Truth and Apologetics

Social Services

  • Catholic Charities West Michigan
  • God’s Kitchen
  • John and Betty Neary Family Fund
  • Jubilee Justice Fund
  • Monsignor Terrence L. Stewart Fund for the Poor
  • Roy & Carolyn Seyffert Basic Needs Fund
  • Sister Rose Callahan Fund for the Aged and Disabled

Vocations

  • Byars Family Fund for Seminarian Education
  • Cebelak Vocations Promotion Fund
  • Dan and Sherry Bowen Fund
  • Deacon Kenneth Baldwin Memorial Fund for Seminarian Formation
  • The Dougal Family Vocation Fund
  • Emil Shebesta – Muskegon Knights of Columbus Fund
  • Fallon Family Vocations Fund
  • Fedewa Fund for Formation of Seminarians
  • Fr. Dennis Morrow Vocation Fund
  • Hendrickson Family Fund, in memory of Charlie
  • Jack and Carol Smith Family Fund
  • John C. Loss/Knights of Columbus 12985 – Seminarian Assistance Fund
  • Larry and Nancy Erhardt Vocations Fund
  • Lowery Family Seminarian Fund
  • The Maggini Memorial Fund
  • McDowell Family Vocations Fund
  • Msgr. Raymond A. Baker Religious Vocations Fund
  • Norman Pelak and Lenore Brechting Pelak Fund for Seminarian Education
  • Our Shepherds – Our Future Fund for Seminarian Education
  • Paul and Leisa Snow Fund for Vocations
  • Richard and Lisa Peters Fund in Honor of Rev. Vincent J. O’Malley, C.M.
  • St. Isidore Seminarian Scholarship Fund
  • Voyt Family Charity Fund

Greatest Needs

  • Carl J. Schowalter Memorial Fund
  • Donald and Rheata Hesling Memorial Fund
  • Lehman/Panek Family Fund
  • Mary P. and John M. Wolf Memorial Fund
  • Natalie F. Rydzewski Memorial Fund

Funds Impacting

Our Parishes and Catholic Ministries

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Operational Fund (Belmont)
  • Basilica of St. Adalbert (Grand Rapids)
  • Cathedral of Saint Andrew (Grand Rapids)
  • Fr. Norman Droski Fund for Catholic Parish Worship Structure: Renovation, Maintenance and Construction
  • Christ the King – St. Francis de Sales (Howard City)
  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish (Wyoming)
    • Holy Name of Jesus Parish – Evangelization Fund
    • Holy Name of Jesus Parish – Unrestricted Fund
  • Holy Trinity (Comstock Park)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary (Grand Rapids)
  • Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family
  • Monsignor John Najdowski Fund for the Poor – St. Pius X (Grandville)
  • Pere Marquette Cemetery Fund – St. Simon (Ludington)
  • Peter and Kathleen Huizenga Family Trust Fund – Holy Family (Caledonia)
  • Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier & Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (Grand Rapids), formerly St. Dominic
  • SS. Peter & Paul (Grand Rapids)
  • St. Ann’s Home Benevolent Care Fund
  • St. Ann’s Home Capital Enhancement Fund
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish Endowment Fund (Grand Rapids)
    • Jim and Josie Dirkes Parish Improvement Memorial Fund
  • St. Bartholomew Parish Endowment Fund (Newaygo)
  • St. Edward (Lake Odessa)
  • St. Gregory (Hart)
  • St. John Paul II Parish Cemetery Fund (Cedar Springs)
  • St. Mary – St. Paul Foundation Fund (Big Rapids)
    • Mildred Weis Fund – St. Mary – St. Paul
    • The Rosalinde Parsons Good Samaritan Fund
  • St. Mary Fr. Ernest J. Bernott Educational Endowment Fund (Muskegon)
  • St. Michael (Coopersville)
  • St. Michael (Muskegon)
  • St. Michael (Remus)
  • St. Patrick (Parnell)
  • St. Patrick (Portland)
    • St. Patrick – Youth Ministry Fund
  • St. Patrick – St. Anthony Educational Fund (Grand Haven)
  • St. Paul Newman Center Fund (Ferris State University Catholic Campus Ministry)
  • St. Sebastian Parish – Pierce Fund (Byron Center)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Endowment Fund, in memory of Frank J. Markel
  • Vida Family Fund – Sacred Heart (Muskegon Heights)

Funds Impacting

Our Catholic Schools

  • All Saints Academy (Grand Rapids)
    • Paul and Helen Walsh Education Fund
  • Alvina Sandusky Fund – Muskegon Catholic Schools
  • Alvina Sandusky Fund – Portland Catholic Schools
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Belmont)
    • Jan & Ted Kuzma Education Fund
    • Richard & Mary Ann Hurst Fund
    • Sr. Rosemary Smith, RSM Tuition Assistance Fund
    • Stephen May Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Wayne and Margo Gagnon Elementary Tuition Assistance Fund
  • Basilica of St. Adalbert (Grand Rapids)
    • Mary Jane Kaye Fund
  • Blessed Sacrament (Grand Rapids)
    • The Kandra Family Endowment Fund, in memory of John and Mary Kandra and Frank and Agnus Kandra
    • Lena Allgeier Education Fund
  • Corpus Christi School – Jacqueline Cry Miller Fund (Holland)
  • Holy Trinity Education Fund (Comstock Park)
  • Mary Pat and Don Ziemke Sr. Scholarship Fund – St. Michael (Remus)
  • Muskegon Catholic Central
  • Our Lady of Consolation (Rockford)
    • Nichols Family Fund
  • Sacred Heart of Jesus (Grand Rapids)
    • The Dougal Family Educational Fund
  • Sacred Heart (Muskegon Heights)
    • Korson Family Scholarship Fund
    • Sacred Heart Julia Ross Memorial Scholarship
  • San Juan Diego Academy (Wyoming)
    • AMDG Scholarship Assistance Fund (Ad majorem Dei gloriam)
    • The Endowment Promise Fund
    • Fr. Don Weber Family Foundation Fund
  • SS. Peter & Paul (Ionia)
    • Armando Quaglia Scholarship Fund
    • Rex P. and Mary E. O’Connor Family Scholarship Fund
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Grand Rapids)
    • Jim & Josie Dirkes Scholarship Fund
    • John O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Rosalie and Bernard Niedzwiecki Education Fund
    • Rosemary T. Bolek Scholarship Fund
  • St. Charles Borromeo (Greenville)
    • Buescher Fund – St. Charles
    • The Kenneth and Gail Lehman Fund
  • St. Isidore (Grand Rapids)
  • St. James (Montague)
  • St. John the Baptist Fr. Jim Cusack Parish Scholarship Fund
  • (Hubbardston)
  • St. Joseph (Wright Township)
  • St. Joseph – St. Mary (Belding)
  • St. Jude (Grand Rapids)
  • St. Mary (Carson City)
  • St. Mary (Lowell)
  • St. Mary (Miriam)
  • St. Mary (Spring Lake)
  • St. Mary Magdalen (Kentwood)
  • St. Mary – St. Paul (Big Rapids)
    • The Barbara Borth Fund
  • St. Michael (Brunswick)
  • St. Patrick – The Former
    • Pastors’ Shamrock Endowment Fund (Portland)
  • St. Patrick – Blundy Legacy Fund (Parnell)
  • St. Patrick – St. Anthony
    • College Scholarship Fund (Grand Haven)
  • St. Paul the Apostle/Daniel J.
    • Donnelly Education Foundation (Grand Rapids)
  • St. Simon (Ludington), formerly St. Stanislaus
  • St. Simon (Ludington), formerly Sacred Heart
  • St. Stephen (East Grand Rapids)
    • Cunningham/McCahill Fund
    • Dorothy Thomas Scholarship Fund
    • Julia Hartman Klein Educational Fund
    • Mabel Sullivan Scholarship Fund
    • Monsignor Arthur LeRoux Scholarship Fund
    • Peter M. Wege Scholarship Fund
    • Sandra Thomas Family Fund
    • Sophia Louise Wege Scholarship Fund
    • STAR Scholarship Fund
    • Swanson Scholarship Fund
    • Wege Teacher Benefit Enhancement Fund

Funds Impacting

Grand Rapids Catholic High Schools

In partnership with the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education, scholarship endowment assets for Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools are managed by the Catholic Foundation.

Catholic Central High School

  • AMDG Architects Scholarship Fund – Catholic Central High School
  • The Brian “McDivot” O’Driscoll Scholarship Fund
  • Catholic Central General Endowment Fund
  • “Conquering Obstacles” The Denny Flak Scholarship
  • Deacon Dale Hollern Scholarship
  • Dennis W. Campbell Memorial Scholarship
  • Ed and June Prein Family CCHS Scholarship Fund
  • Eugene “Sam” Kunst Endowed Memorial Scholarship
  • The Fred and Rosemary Braun Scholarship
  • The James & Ann Burns Endowed Scholarship
  • Jim & Linda Payne Tuition Assistance Fund
  • Joe and Marie Reynolds Family Scholarship Fund
  • Joe Lauria Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • The John and Sandy Lowery Family Scholarship
  • Jon Davidson Memorial Scholarship
  • Lawrence and Patricia Ranazzi Transfer Scholarship
  • The Leigh Eriks & Armen Oumedian STEM Scholarship
  • Mary Lynn Kampfschulte Scholarship Fund
  • The Michael Lebednick Scholarship Fund, in honor of Albert & Eleanor Lebednick
  • The Nicholas Mihos Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Paul and Helen Walsh Scholarship
  • Philip & Sharon Burns Heart & Soul Award
  • The Reed Family Music Scholarship Fund
  • Rev. James C. Kowalski Scholarship Fund – Catholic Central High School
  • The Rob Rosenbach Memorial Scholarship
  • Robert and Francis (Schaaf) Rinehart Trust
  • Sr. Robert Ann Dominican Sisters Educational Fund
  • Sue Van Haren ’68 Scholarship Fund
  • Timothy CC’51 & Janet Conroy Family Legacy Scholarship Fund
  • William and Karen Lawrence Family Scholarship
  • The William Ronan ‘61 Scholarship
  • The Willie Butler Encounter Diversity Endowed Scholarship
  • The Ziemke Family Scholarship

West Catholic High School

  • AMDG Architects Scholarship Fund – West Catholic High School
  • Bertram Family Scholarship
  • Bishop Hurley Scholarship Fund
  • Bob and Pat Misner Tuition Scholarship
  • Bob “Sarge” & Charlene Czarnecki Fund
  • The Brechting Academic & Athletic Scholarship – West Catholic High School
  • The Czerney Szoka Scholarship
  • David A. Veneklase Family Scholarship
  • Ed Wagner Tuition Assistance Fund
  • The Florence B. and Joseph F. Jachim Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Fr. Dennis Morrow Education Fund
  • The Francis and Gloria Rasch Family Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Frank Diehl Legacy Scholarship
  • Grace (Bono) Slott Endowed Scholarship
  • Joanne Harwood Angel Scholarship Fund
  • John L. Young Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Kluting Family Scholarship
  • Michael G. Cherrette Memorial Scholarship
  • Patrick & Jacqueline Murphy Endowed Scholarship
  • Rev. James C. Kowalski Scholarship Fund – West Catholic High School
  • Robert & Larita Stephanak Memorial Scholarship
  • Smith-Verkin Family Scholarship
  • St. John Paul II Scholarship
  • Steven Chulski Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • VanGessel Family Scholarship
  • The West Catholic Band Boosters Scholarship
  • West Catholic General Endowment Fund

Shared Beneficiary between Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools

  • David M. Seamon “Leadership” Scholarship
  • Douglas and Arlene Lillis Scholarship
  • Eugenia Czarnecki Family Fund
  • The Faculty Enhancement Fund
  • Francis J. Geary Scholarship
  • Frank and Mary Hernes Memorial Scholarship for Graduating Seniors
  • The Lena L. Allgeier Technology Fund
  • Lyle B. Morrison Memorial Scholarship
  • Msgr. Charles D. Brophy Scholarship
  • Polish American History Endowed Scholarships Fund
  • The Reilly Family Scholarship
  • Reynolds-Elderkin Family Scholarship
  • The Richard J. Boguslaski Science and Engineering Equipment Endowment
  • Ronnell & Linda Denhof Scholarship Fund