Have You Left Your Parish in Your Will or Trust?

A bequest is one of the easiest gifts you can make while also being one of the best ways to support the long-term sustainability of your Parish.  With the help of an advisor, you can include language in your will or trust specifying the gift you would like to make as part of your estate plan.  A bequest can be made in several ways including a specific dollar amount or asset, a percentage of the total estate, or the balance or residue of the estate.

You can also name your Parish as the beneficiary on various accounts and assets like life insurance policies, IRAs, 401(k)s, bank accounts and more.

The Catholic Community Foundation of SW Florida has a new Legacy Giving form that you can fill out to let your Parish, School or favorite Catholic entity know that you have named them in your will or trust or as a beneficiary.  This form can be found at https://ccfdioceseofvenice.org/2754-2/


You Can Now Donate Cryptocurrency

There are many ways a donor can support their favorite Catholic program or entity through the Catholic Community Foundation including:

  • Gifts of cash, checks or credit cards
  • Wills, bequests and other estate gifts
  • Beneficiary designations
  • Appreciated assets like stocks, mutual funds and real property
  • Gifts from donor advised funds
  • Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs

Now donors have a new option.  As of April 2022, donors can donate 42 different types of cryptocurrency through the Catholic Community Foundation for the benefit of their Parish, School or other Catholic program or ministry.  By donating long-term appreciated crypto, donors can avoid paying capital gains tax and be able to claim the donation as a tax deduction, if they itemize.

Donors are able to support multiple Catholic entities by using their cryptocurrency donation to establish a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) with the Catholic Community Foundation, receiving a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the crypto, then using their DAF to provide gifts to the organizations about which they care most.

Cryptocurrency donations can also be used to establish or add to endowment funds, scholarship funds, and charitable gift annuities with the Foundation.  To make a cryptocurrency donation, please visit  https://ccfdioceseofvenice.org/cryptocurrency-donation/ or for more information, please contact Michael Morse at 941-441-1124 or by email at Morse@dioceseofvenice.org.


Foundation Donors Provide Record Amount in Grants

During the period of July 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022, Catholic Community Foundation donors provided a record $4,163,263 in grants to Catholic Parishes, Schools, programs, and ministries as well as to pro-life and social service agencies whose missions and purposes are in alignment with the teachings of the Catholic Church.  These grants were generated from endowment funds, scholarship funds, donor advised funds, charitable gift annuities, and outright gifts entrusted to the Foundation.  Every dollar granted by the Foundation was directed by a donor for a specific purpose or beneficiary.  One of the main purposes of the Foundation is to help safeguard donors’ assets and to ensure that donations will always be used in alignment with their wishes.   Thank you to the many donors who choose to give through the Foundation.


First Friday Prayer Intentions with Bishop Dewane

On the first Friday of every month, Bishop Frank Dewane leads a prayer for all of the intentions that were submitted during the previous month. The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida invites you to submit your prayer intentions as “comments” on our Facebook First Friday Prayer Intention post at www.facebook.com/ccfdov.  You can also access prayers and posts from previous months by visiting our website at www.ccfdioceseofvenice.org.  If you would like to submit your prayer via email, please send it to CCF@dioceseofvenice.org or you can mail it to Catholic Community Foundation, 1000 Pinebrook Rd, Venice, FL 34285.

Please know that First Friday Prayer Intentions with Bishop Dewane is a free service brought to you by the Catholic Community Foundation and donations are not expected nor encouraged as part of this program.


Easter Blessings

He is risen!  Alleluia, Alleluia!

At this most holy time, we can all be thankful for the many gifts and blessings the Lord has bestowed upon us.  First and foremost among those gifts is Jesus Christ, whom the Father sent to save us.  By Christ dying for our sins and rising from the dead, we have been restored.  We are now called to be His disciples, to live out His Word, and to spread the Gospel message to everyone we encounter.  Imagine living in a world where we all strive to see Christ in one another and to be Christ to one another.  May the blessings of the Lord be upon you and your loved ones.


2020 -21 Annual Report

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Applications being accepted for scholarships

Diocese of Venice Article by Bob Reddy

Applications being accepted for scholarships

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*The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida does not provide legal, tax or financial advice.  When considering gifting options, seek the advice of your own legal, tax and/or financial professionals.

September 2021 Prayer Intentions with Bishop Dewane

September 2021 First Friday Prayer Intentions with Bishop Dewane Video

Support the Catholic Community Foundation by Shopping on AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support the mission of the Catholic Community Foundation every time you shop with no fees or extra cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones.  When you shop with AmazonSmile, you will find the exact same low prices, vast selection, and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the Foundation.

How do I shop with AmazonSmile?

To use AmazonSmile, simply go to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/54-2119051 or click on the Amazon logo at the top of the Foundation’s website and sign in with your existing Amazon.com account.  You can also activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app on your mobile device within the Settings or Programs & Features menu.  If you are asked to pick a charity, please enter the full name of Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida.  Since you are using the same account on AmazonSmile and Amazon.com, your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

About shopping on AmazonSmile

If you shop on smile.amazon.com using an internet browser on your desktop or laptop computer, your mobile phone, or your tablet, then your purchases of eligible products (marked “eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the detail pages) will result in donations.  If you shop on your Amazon Shopping app, with AmazonSmile ‘active’ (your app must be active for AmazonSmile when you make the purchase), then your purchases of eligible products will result in donations.

If you are interested in learning more about supporting the Catholic Community Foundation by shopping with AmazonSmile, please contact the Foundation at CCF@dioceseofvenice.org.

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