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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.


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From Coins to Scholarships for Catholic Education

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Endowment Fund


The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Endowment Fund was established by an anonymous donor in 2019. Her husband had recently passed away and had a large coin collection. “My husband started buying gold coins as an investment but soon enjoy the stories behind them,” she shared. She wanted to use the collection to make a difference in the community, but wasn’t sure what that could look like.


“A very good friend of mine told me of her great-grandson getting a partial scholarship from a fund at the Catholic Foundation, so I called them to help me,” the donor explained. “The staff at the Foundation handled the coins, had an appraisal done, and researched to find a saint that promoted education for children.”


In honor of her husband, she donated the coin collection and received a significant tax deduction. The coins were sold by the Foundation and the proceeds established an endowment fund that provides for five Catholic schools: Monsignor Donovan Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, St. Mary’s Academy, St. Mary’s Catholic School, and St. Peter Claver Catholic School.


The donor is happy to be able to see the impact her husband’s collection is now making on students in Catholic schools. “This was one of the best decisions that I have ever made,” she stated.



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A Gift in Thanksgiving to a School Community

Creating an insurance policy to benefit an endowment fund


Samantha Holowka and her husband, Mark, have two young children who attend Queen of Angels Catholic School. Samantha said she and Mark have learned so much through the school community about communicating effectively and lovingly when teaching their children to do their best in everything they do. She added that the school has strengthened the spirituality of both the children and her entire family.


The Holowkas knew they wanted to use their talents, time, and treasure to help secure the future of their school community so others could continue to benefit from the loving environment that has had such an impact on them. As they looked at different channels of giving, they decided to establish a life insurance policy for the Queen of Angels endowment fund that would allow them to have a greater effect than direct cash donations given each year.


Samantha, a wealth management advisor with Northwestern Mutual, had seen firsthand the impact a life insurance policy can make on families and organizations when incorporated in a family’s strategic plan. She shared, “[an insurance policy] is a tool that can have a greater impact than other gifts because the cost is pennies compared to the dollar value of the gift.”


Her company has a matching dollar policy for life insurance premiums, which she leveraged. She also receives a tax deduction on the amount of the premiums each year.


Samantha stressed that you do not have to have a deep knowledge of finance to establish an insurance policy that benefits a charity or endowment fund. She did suggest talking with a financial advisor who is well versed in permanent life insurance solutions, retirement, and estate “distribution” planning to help you achieve your giving goals.


The Holowkas’ gift to the Queen of Angels Catholic School Endowment Fund will help the school continue to teach children and families positive and loving Catholic values for years to come.


Article written in 2020.