Making an Impact in Our Community
Women's Giving Circle Focuses on Pandemic-Related Challenges, Distributes $165,000
Following a primarily virtual 2020 season, Women's Giving Circle members had reason to celebrate this year: Not only was the group of 167 members strong able to support more worthy nonprofits in our community, but also members were able to safely gather together in fellowship. And celebrate they did! At the group's culminating Celebration Mass and Brunch in April, a total of $165,000 in grants was dispersed amongst 10 organizations. Click here for event photos.

As many nonprofits continue to face challenges related to the pandemic, including inequities in education and in society made undeniably evident by things like access to technology and parental job loss, the group focused its 2021 giving impact on programs addressing the educational, emotional, and spiritual formation and support of children and families in need. Top grants of $25,000 each were awarded to St. Benilde School’s Exceptional Learners Program and The Good Shepherd School. Click here for a full list of grantees.

In just six years, this diverse membership of philanthropically-minded Catholic women has distributed $876,500 in grants to more than 50 archdiocesan and local charities whose missions reflect their shared faith and effect change in the Greater New Orleans area.

“As the field of women's philanthropy continues to expand, we are grateful for the success of initiatives like the Women's Giving Circle," says Executive Director Cory J. Howat. “This group allows women to deeply connect giving both with their faith and with the needs of their community.”

Want to foster generosity and enjoy fellowship as a Women's Giving Circle member? Please contact Kathi Zimmerman at or 504.527.5794 for more information.
Give to the Charities You Love Through CCF
Your Catholic legacy is the mark you leave on the world and an example of God's grace in your life. One way to make an impact is by sharing of your treasure. However, with so many different types of charities and causes in need of help, being intentional about your financial impact can feel more overwhelming and stressful than ever.

A community foundation can help. Community foundations make your philanthropic wishes a reality by offering you opportunities to create funds and distribute grants to the organizations that you care about. In turn, your generosity makes a significant difference to those groups that you choose to receive your gifts. As a donor, you can share your generosity with multiple organizations at once or focus your giving on a specific parish, school, or nonprofit ministry. 

One of the most popular avenues of generosity used by Catholic Community Foundation donors is the Donor Advised Fund (DAF). With a DAF, you create a centralized, efficient, and accessible repository to manage charitable giving. Cash, securities, or other appreciated assets may be gifted into a designated fund, from which you can recommend grants at any time. You can easily open a fund in just a few steps and start supporting those in need immediately:

  • Give: Complete a DAF agreement and make a tax-deductible contribution of $10,000 or more.
  • Grant: Recommend grants to the charities that matter the most to you.
  • Grow: Make additional contributions to your fund at any time.

"The Catholic Community Foundation simplifies giving," says Dr. Jimmie and Gayle Gaubert (pictured). "The convenience of our CCF-managed DAF allows us to make a bigger impact on our parish and the charities that we love. We prayerfully discern where we want to direct our generosity and the foundation makes the rest easy and efficient."

CCF offers donors, just like you, philanthropic expertise, faith-based priorities, and morally and socially responsible investing. For more information on ways to give, please visit our website. To begin a more detailed conversation on how we can help pinpoint ways to give smarter and achieve your giving goals, please contact Executive Director Cory J. Howat at
CCF Annual Celebration of
Catholic Generosity Goes Virtual
Join CCF as we bring together the Catholic community for our 2021 Virtual Celebration of Catholic Generosity on Thursday, October 7, at 7 p.m.! This year's evening of fellowship and thanks will be broadcast LIVE on WLAE-TV and across the Internet.

During the televised event, Archbishop Gregory Aymond and the foundation will present the Saint John Paul II Award. The award, established in 1996, recognizes the generosity and Christian stewardship exhibited by a Catholic layperson(s) of high moral character and exemplary values, who has rendered unselfish volunteer service to the institutions and programs of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. There's still time to nominate a difference maker in our community! Nomination forms are due by this Friday, June 4, at 11:59 p.m.

For more information on how-to tune in to our Virtual Celebration of Catholic Generosity, click here to visit our annual dinner page.
Catholic Community Foundation
Moves Offices, Hosts Morning of Reflection
We're moving! Later this summer, CCF will relocate our physical office to 3303 N. Causeway Blvd., Metairie, LA 70002. However, our mailing address will be 7887 Walmsley Ave., New Orleans, LA 70125. We'll let you know when to update your records with this information! In the meantime, we'll look forward to welcoming you all to our new space in the future.
In celebration of the Year of the Eucharist, please join Catholic Women in Action for a special Eucharistic Miracles Morning of Reflection on Tuesday, June 8, at St. Stephen Church beginning with Mass at 9 a.m. Displays of 30+ Eucharistic miracles will be available for viewing. Click here for more information, and please contact Kathi Zimmerman at 504.527.5794 or to RSVP.
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