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Endowment Funds

The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan holds 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

Making an Impact

Across Our Diocese and Beyond

Together, as a diocese, we can make an impact greater that any one parish or school.

  • Bishop’s Fund for Catholic Education
  • Dzwonkowski Education Fund
  • Ronald and 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
  • John and Betty Neary Family Fund
  • Jubilee Justice Fund
  • Monsignor Terrence L. Stewart Fund for the Poor
  • Roy and Carolyn Seyffert Basic Needs Fund
  • Sister Rose Callahan Fund for the Aged and Disabled
  • Byars Family Fund for Seminarian Education
  • Cebelak Vocations Promotion Fund
  • Emil Shebesta – Muskegon Knights of Columbus Fund
  • Fedewa Fund for Formation of Seminarians
  • Msgr. Raymond A. Baker Religious Vocations Fund
  • Norman Pelak and Lenore Brechting Pelak Fund for Seminarians
  • Our Shepherds – Our Future Fund for Seminarian Education
  • St. Isidore Seminarian Scholarship Fund
Greatest Need
  • 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

Parishes and Catholic Ministries

Making an Impact

In the last 25 years, over 59% of parishes in the Diocese of Grand Rapids have established an endowment fund at the Catholic Foundation. Every year, each parish can access their endowment earnings. These earnings support parish ministries and programs, faith formation, building maintenance, operational support, and more.

  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Operational Fund
  • Basilica of St. Adalbert
  • Cathedral of Saint Andrew
  • Fr. Norman Droski Fund for Catholic Parish Worship Structure: Renovation, Maintenance and Construction
  • Christ the King – St. Francis de Sales
  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish
    • Holy Name of Jesus Parish – Evangelization Fund
    • Holy Name of Jesus Parish – Unrestricted Fund
  • Holy Trinity
  • John C. Loss/Knights of Columbus 12985 – Seminarian Assistance Fund – St. James Parish (Montague)
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Mildred Weis Fund – St. Mary-St. Paul
  • Pere Marquette Cemetery Fund – St. Simon (Ludington)
  • Peter and Kathleen Huizenga Family Trust Fund – Holy Family (Caledonia)
  • Shrine of Saint Francis Xavier and Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, formerly St. Dominic
  • St. Ann’s Home Benevolent Care Fund
  • St. Ann’s Home Capital Enhancement Fund
  • St. Anthony of Padua
  • St. Anthony of Padua Parish Endowment Fund
    • Jim & Josie Dirkes Parish Improvement Memorial Fund
  • St. Bartholomew Parish Endowment Fund
  • St. Edward
  • St. Gregory
  • St. John Paul II Parish Cemetery Fund
  • St. Joseph (Wright)
  • St. Mary – St. Paul Foundation Fund (Big Rapids)
    • 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 – St. Anthony Educational Fund (Grand Haven)
  • St. Patrick – Youth Ministry Fund (Portland)
  • St. Paul Newman Center Fund (Ferris State University Catholic Campus Ministry)
  • St. Pius X Parish – Monsignor John Najdowski Fund for the Poor
  • St. Sebastian Parish – Pierce Fund
  • Vida Family Fund (Sacred Heart – Muskegon Heights)

Making an Impact

in our Catholic Schools

86% of the Catholic schools within the Diocese of Grand Rapids have established endowment funds at the Catholic Foundation. Catholic school funds support operational costs and scholarships from grade school through college.

  • All Saints Academy
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
    • Jan and Ted Kuzma Education Fund
    • Richard and Mary Ann Hurst Fund
    • Sr. Rosemary Smith, RSM Tuition Assistance Fund
    • Stephen May Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Wayne and Margo Gagnon Elementary Tuition Assistance Fund
  • Alvina Sandusky Fund – Muskegon Catholic Schools
  • Basilica of St. Adalbert
    • Mary Jane Kaye Fund
  • Blessed Sacrament
    • The Kandra Family Endowment Fund, in Memory of John and Mary Kandra and Frank and Agnes Kandra
    • Lena Allgeier Education Fund
  • Corpus Christi School – Jacqueline Cry Miller Fund
  • The Former Pastors’ Shamrock Endowment Fund, St. Patrick (Portland)
  • Holy Trinity
  • Our Lady of Consolation
    • Nichols Family Fund
  • Sacred Heart (Grand Rapids)
    • The Dougal Family Fund
  • Sacred Heart (Muskegon Heights)
    • Korson Family Scholarship Fund
  • San Juan Diego Academy
    • AMDG Scholarship Assistance Fund (Ad majorem Dei gloriam)
    • The Endowment Promise Fund
    • Fr. Don Weber Family Foundation Fund
  • SS Peter and Paul (Ionia)
    • Rex P. and Mary E. O’Connor Family Scholarship Fund
  • St. Anthony of Padua
    • Jim and Josie Dirkes Scholarship Fund
    • John O’Donnell Memorial Scholarship Fund
    • Rosalie and Bernard Niedzwiecki Education Fund
    • Rosemary T. Bolek Scholarship Fund
  • St. Charles
    • Buescher Fund – St. Charles
    • Kenneth and Gail Lehman Fund
  • St. Isidore
  • St. James (Montague)
  • St. Joseph – St. Mary (Belding)
  • St. Jude
  • St. Mary (Lowell)
  • St. Mary (Spring Lake)
  • St. Mary Magdalen
  • St. Mary – St. Paul (Big Rapids)
    • The Barbara Borth Fund
  • St. Michael (Brunswick)
  • St. Michael (Remus) – Mary Pat and Don Ziemke Sr. Scholarship Fund
  • St. Patrick – Alvina Sandusky Fund (Portland)
  • St. Paul the Apostle – Daniel J. Donnelly Education Foundation
  • St. Simon, formerly St. Stanislaus
  • St. Simon, formerly Sacred Heart (Ludington)
  • St. Stanislaus
  • St. Stephen
    • 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

College Scholarship Funds (held at Parishes)

  • Armando Quaglia Scholarship Fund (SS Peter and Paul – Ionia)
  • Sacred Heart Julia Ross Memorial Scholarship (Muskegon)
  • St. John the Baptist Fr. Jim Cusack Parish Scholarship Fund (Hubbardston)
  • St. Mary (Carson City)
  • St. Patrick – St. Anthony College Scholarship Fund

Making an Impact

in Grand Rapids Catholic High Schools

In partnership with the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education, scholarship endowments for Catholic Central and West Catholic High Schools are housed at 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 and Ann Burns Scholarship
  • Jim and Linda Payne Tuition Assistance 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 and Armen Oumedian STEM Scholarship
  • Mary Lynn Kampfschulte Scholarship Fund
  • The Michael Lebednick Scholarship Fund, in honor of Albert and Eleanor Lebednick
  • The Nicholas Mihos Memorial Scholarship Fund
  • Philip and Sharon Burns Heart and 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 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” and Charlene Czarnecki Fund
  • The Brechting Academic and 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
  • 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 and Jacqueline Murphy Endowed Scholarship
  • Rev. James C. Kowalski Scholarship Fund – West Catholic High School
  • Robert and 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
  • The Lena L. Allgeier Technology Fund
  • Lyle B. Morrison Memorial Scholarship
  • Msgr. Charles D. Brophy Scholarship
  • Polish American History Endowed Scholarship Fund
  • The Reilly Family Scholarship
  • Reynolds-Elderkin Family Scholarship
  • The Richard J. Boguslaski Science and Engineering Equipment Endowment
  • Ronnell and Linda Denhof Scholarship Fund
  • Frank and Mary Hernes Memorial Scholarship for Graduating Seniors
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