Many people have come to know the impact of the Foundation through their own generosity. Here are a few select stories below from people who make a difference through the Foundation. If you have questions or want to know more, please contact us.
Mike and Janet Daigle
We established an endowed scholarship to honor our son, Corey, who passed away at a young age. By channeling our grief into a legacy in his memory, we were able to celebrate life through support of Catholic education, and help young students who might not otherwise be able to attend the parish school.
Charitable Gift Annuity
I thought that a charitable gift annuity was a perfect way to help myself and my parish at the same time. This way I set up an income for myself that I could regularly rely on that gives me a higher rate of return that a CD or other savings account.
I also felt peace of mind knowing that my parish would benefit after I died. I know they will put my money where it is really needed. A charitable gift annuity is a safe investment. I am so grateful that there is a way to help myself with an income while also giving a gift back to Jesus.
Richard and Marilyn Hoffmann
Serving others is what faith calls us to do. Dr. Richard and Marilyn Hoffmann live out that calling by volunteering their time and talents to serve migrant and underserved populations of Hillsborough County through a local Catholic charity, which is a ministry within the Diocese of St. Petersburg. As a retired physician from a local university in Tampa, Richard volunteers as medical director at his local charity. Marilyn also contributes her nursing skills to the ministry and serves as an advisor.
“We’ve heard the call to serve others. As good stewards, we know that it means your time, talent and your treasure. That’s why we set up a charitable gift annuity to benefit the ministry, but also to ensure that we have a lifelong revenue stream. Plus, the Catholic Foundation made it so easy for us to do,” says Dr. Hoffmann.
While their generosity will benefit the underserved population of Hillsborough County through a charitable gift annuity, Marilyn also chose to support her alma mater, a Catholic college in Kentucky. Through the Catholic Foundation, they discovered that they could help not only their church locally, but throughout the United States.
Dr. Thomas Barton
Dr. Thomas Barton was directed by his alma mater to the Foundation because he wanted to do something else to benefit his favorite Catholic high school. He already committed to help the school annually for the next ten years. He began by creating a charitable gift annuity naming the Catholic high school as the sole beneficiary.
After seeing the potential impact at the high school created by his charitable giving, he approached Jon Jones, Executive Director of the Catholic Foundation, and said, “I don’t really need the income, can we arrange to give the payments directly to the school?” After discussing his wants and the school’s needs, they came up with a new solution—instead of his annuity payments being sent directly to the school, he decided to invest them in a life insurance contract with the school as a beneficiary.
“It was a no-brainer,” Dr. Barton shared. “My original gift could potentially be quadrupled with no additional money out of my pocket. Plus, the Catholic Foundation made it so easy for me to get it done.”
Dr. Barton’s appreciation for the Foundation’s help in creatively stewarding his gift influenced him to designate a portion of the final gift to the Catholic Foundation so that they can continue to educate others about the incredible impact that they, too, can have.
“Our school is truly grateful to Dr. Barton for his commitment to the ongoing education of our students,” shared Rev. Mike Conway, SDB, president of the local Diocesan Catholic High School. “At the same time we are happy that he is able to make his contribution go even further by benefiting, not only his alma mater, but also the ongoing efforts of the Catholic Foundation.”