The Foundation for the Diocese of Helena (formerly known as the Western Montana Catholic Foundation) is an independent non-profit foundation committed to the long-term financial support of the Diocese of Helena parishes and ministries. Fully endorsed by Bishop George Leo Thomas and governed by a 17-member board of trustees representing every deanery, the Foundation assists Christ’s faithful by offering opportunities to support the Catholic ministries they cherish the most.
Since 1978, your Foundation has been building permanent endowments that provide an ongoing source of income to parishes and the diocese. Today we manage over $25 million in endowed funds, and in fiscal year 2015 we provided over $1 million in grants and endowment distributions to parishes and diocesan ministries.
Imagine giving to a cherished ministry every year for 100 years…200 years…forever? What if only one gift could make that happen? With a gift to an endowment fund, it can.
Endowment gifts are invested, and not spent. The investment earnings are available to support the fund’s designated ministry. Rest assured that we invest all endowment gifts in line with the socially responsible investing guidelines of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
As a separate charitable organization, we deliver tax advantages to our donors while protecting the gifts forever. These permanent assets are invested for maximum total return and to preserve the corpus value of each endowment. With careful management, the resources entrusted to the Foundation continue to grow. That growth translates to improved financial sustainability for our Catholic ministries.
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…The whole body, held together by every joint with which it is equipped, grows and builds itself up in love as each part does its work.