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Why We Give: Leaving a Legacy

John and Jenni Weldin


Our journey to support the Pregnancy Aid Clinic started with a desire to leave a legacy rather than only provide short-term support.


We decided to create an endowment through the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia in order to leave a legacy that would provide support in perpetuity to an organization that is important to both of us. While many focus on creating generational wealth for their family, our priority is generational philanthropy.


We are not extremely wealthy people, but as Catholics we strive to be good stewards of our blessings. We saved over a couple of years to start the endowment. During that time, we discussed what organization we wanted the endowment to benefit.


We married later in life, and while we remain open to life, we know that it is unlikely we will have any more biological children. We wanted the void of a biological legacy to be filled with this endowment. That plus our ardent support for life led us to the Pregnancy Aid Clinic. We know that the money we contribute each month will ultimately help make a difference in the lives of more children and families than we can begin to imagine.


The John and Jenni Weldin Endowment Fund supports the general purpose of Pregnancy Aid Clinic (PAC) in Georgia.

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Story courtesy of the Pregnancy Aid Clinic, originally published in the Spring 2023 newsletter.

Supporting Schools for Generations

Katie Trocheck Abel Scholarship Fund   


Catholic schools produce more than just scholars and test scores. Their focus on spiritual formation and Christian community builds lasting and lifelong neighbors, friends, and disciples. One of these disciples was Katie Trocheck Abel.


Katie grew up in Avondale Estates and attended St. Thomas More Catholic School. Graduating in 1996, she went on to attend St. Pius X Catholic High School, and after earning a degree in communications and marrying her husband, Mark, Katie returned to the Atlanta area where her two children, Molly and Griffin, would follow in their loving mother’s footsteps, traversing the halls of St. Thomas More Catholic School. It was in the hallways, classrooms, courts, and carpool lines of St. Thomas More where Katie, Mark, Molly, and Griffin would be embraced by their community in times of joy and hardship.


After a brief battle with illness, Katie passed away in 2022, and her parents, Kathy and Tom Trocheck, decided to establish a scholarship fund in Katie’s honor. Having seen two generations of children and grandchildren attend St. Thomas More, the Trochecks recognized the value that a loving, Catholic community can provide not only for the enrichment of the mind but also for the development and support of the soul. By creating this scholarship fund, the Trocheck’s hope to recognize worthy students who will also benefit from the lasting impact that being a part of the St. Thomas More community provided to their daughter.


Katie Trocheck Abel was a selfless member of her community. Having herself served as a consistent volunteer at the school and after building lifelong friendships within the St. Thomas More family, today Katie’s legacy lives on in support of the church and school which embraced her family in its darkest moments. As a result of her parents’ generous donation, many donations from family and friends, and partnership with the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia, now more children will have the opportunity to grow up in a community surrounded by the faith-filled disciples of Christ who offered so much to Katie in her life.


Give to the Katie Trocheck Abel Scholarship Fund

Paying Tribute to a Servant Leader

Andy Smith Cathedral Liturgical Fund  


Andy Smith was a long-time lector and sacristan at the Cathedral of Christ the King. When Andy passed away unexpectedly on Easter Sunday in 2022, an anonymous donor wanted to pay tribute to Andy’s years of service to the parish community.


The donor chose to work with the Catholic Foundation and established the Andy Smith Cathedral Liturgical Fund which will be used to support the liturgical needs of the parish, including the purchase and maintenance of liturgical vestments, cloths, books and vessels, candles, incense, processional crosses, and more.


By creating an endowment that will last forever, Andy’s service to his parish will be remembered for generations as they are able to purchase liturgical items. “Andy loved the Mass. He was dedicated to beautiful liturgy that honored our Lord and inspired reverence in those attending,” shared Monsignor Frank McNamee, Pastor of the Cathedral of Christ the King. “I’m so grateful that his legacy of faithful service to the Cathedral will continue on through this fund.”


At the Catholic Foundation, any gift can be made with a tribute or a fund can be created in tribute of someone, including parents, spouses, and children. If you are interested in creating an endowment fund to perpetually support organizations you care most about in honor or in memory of someone, please contact us. We will work with you to create a Catholic legacy.


Give to the Andy Smith Cathedral Liturgical Fund