FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: May 17, 2018
Contact: Maureen Kenney
mkenney@catholicfoundationiowa.org
(515) 393-5239

Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa Announces 2018 Grant Recipients

Des Moines, IA – The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa is pleased to announce the recipients of the local 2018 Parish Enrichment Grants and General Grants.

Twenty grants totaling $50,100 were awarded to assist parishes, schools, and other Catholic organizations within the Diocese of Des Moines this year. Since the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa began in 2012, the organization has granted over $160,000. The Parish Enrichment Grants and General Grants are as follows:

2018 Parish Enrichment Grants

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Granger - $1,000
Launching the Jeff Cavins Bible study series “The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation”

St. Bernard Catholic Church, Osceola - $1,500
Assistance with purchasing the “ARISE” parish evangelization program designed by the Renew International Group

St. Mary, Red Oak - $1,950
Replacing 25-year-old audio visual equipment for parish enrichment classes/general parish use

St. Mary, Shenandoah - $500
Seed money to restart the parish’s adult faith formation program

St. Patrick, Lenox - $2,315
Purchasing audio visual equipment to be used throughout the parish campus for children, adult, and Hispanic faith formation

2018 General Grants

Basilica of St. John, Des Moines - $1,500
To support the purchase of a ChristLife Evangelization Kit

Catholic Youth Camp, Panora - $4,000
Assistance to purchase a digital camera for outreach needs and camp sponsorships for refugees and the underserved

Christ the King Elementary School, Des Moines - $3,500
Support technology in the classroom through the purchase of additional Chromebooks for student use

Corpus Christi, Council Bluffs - $1,500
Assistance with purchasing the “ARISE” parish evangelization program designed by the Renew International Group

Dowling Catholic High School, West Des Moines - $3,440
Funding to support mentor training for the Ut Fidem (“Keep the Faith”) small group program

Emmaus House, Des Moines - $1,500
Funding the speaker for the Third Annual Ignatian Retreat Day on Discernment

Holy Family Catholic School, Des Moines - $5,545
Help with purchasing a reach-in refrigerator for storage of low-income student lunches

Holy Trinity Catholic School, Des Moines - $3,500
Replacement of older-edition Chromebooks for student use at the middle school level

Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Little Learners Preschool, Ankeny - $1,000
Funding to enhance the Little Learners Preschool program

Shelby County Catholic School, Harlan - $3,000
Installation of an up-to-date phone system for general operational needs of the school

St. Albert’s Elementary School, Council Bluffs - $2,850
Providing additional STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) experiences in the preschool that are age appropriate

St. Joseph, Des Moines - $1,500
Funding the 2018-2019 launch of the ALPHA study program at the parish

St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic School, Ankeny - $3,000
Purchase of Chromebooks for student use at the 5th and 6th-grade levels

St. Pius X Catholic School, Urbandale - $3,500
Supplementing the creation of a STEM Lab at the school

St. Theresa Catholic School, Des Moines - $3,500
Assistance with STEM efforts at the school

Chris McCarville, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa said, “The chance to recognize and support the great work done in our Catholic schools, parishes, and organizations is very rewarding. Our grants program is a direct result of the wonderful partnerships we are blessed to have with agencies and donors throughout the diocese. We look forward to expanding our grants program as we advance the 2027 strategic plan for the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa.”

The public is invited to a ceremony where the grants will be awarded:

Wednesday, June 6th 2018 – 3:30pm
Catholic Pastoral Center
601 Grand Avenue Des Moines, IA 50309

About the Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa
The Catholic Foundation of Southwest Iowa (CFSWIA) is a non-profit, charitable organization that assists individuals, parishes, schools, and Catholic organizations across the 23-county Diocese of Des Moines as they seek to secure and provide long-term financial support. The CFSWIA works to manage transactions, steward the investment of assets in accordance with Catholic values investing principles, and distribute grant and endowment funds. The CFSWIA also offers individuals and couples a way to create a uniquely Catholic legacy through planned gifts and charitable fund management. For more information about the CFSWIA, please visit www.catholicfoundationiowa.org.

Promoting a legacy of giving and support within the Diocese of Des Moines

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For more information:

Maureen Kenney
Marketing and Communications Manager
(515) 393-5239
mkenney@catholicfoundationiowa.org
www.catholicfoundationiowa.org