Crean Family Fund


Marie Crean has used many methods to support charitable organizations. “Giving to my favorite charities from my IRA is a tax-free way to give from IRA taxable income,” she shared. She’s also given gifts of cash. Last year, she decided to use a charitable fund to establish the Crean Family Fund, an endowment fund which will provide scholarships for students in need to attend Marist School and Reach for Excellence.


Her four children and three of her grandchildren attended Marist School in Brookhaven. She and her late husband, Dennis, had supported a program called LINK in Chicago and were pleased to support Reach for Excellence when they learned of it after living in Atlanta for several years. Reach for Excellence is a Marist sponsored nonprofit that offers students of limited income a mix of academic, cultural, and community- based experiences that prepares them for the challenges of college- preparatory programs. “Dennis and I were both Catholic educated and see the difference a faith-based education can provide in forming the whole person,” Marie said.


She chose to set up an endowment fund for these two organizations because it will continue to support their missions forever. “I’m so pleased that Marie chose to place her fund at the Catholic Foundation because I know how much her Catholic faith means to her and she knows that we will honor her intent in perpetuity,” said Catholic Foundation President Nancy Coveny.


Whether from an IRA gift, charitable giving fund, or other method, the Catholic Foundation can help you create a lasting legacy.

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