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Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation Weekend


This year marks the 13th anniversary of The Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation (NMCF). 

The NMCF is an endowment-based fiduciary body that supports the Catholic ministries here in northern Michigan. The NMCF allows donors to designate their gift to support a specific parish, school or a diocesan ministry, or they can leave a gift undesignated to meet the needs of the Diocese of Gaylord as they are determined by its Board of Directors each year.

Founded by Bishop Patrick Cooney in 1998, the foundation was organized to provide long-term support to Catholic ministries here in the Diocese of Gaylord. Individual parishes and schools benefit from investing in the NMCF by placing an endowment and receiving the interest generated from the corpus of the individual fund. Currently there is more than $8 million in the NMCF corpus .

For example, if a donor were to leave an estate gift of $1,000,000 through the NMCF, the designated entity specified by the donor would receive semi-annual interest payments generated by that gift. The interest payments are based on market performance and the original donation remains in the fund for perpetuity, continuing to provide funding to the specified ministry into the future. In addition, donors can be assured that investments by the NMCF are socially responsible.

Endowments can be general, or a designation can be made that is more specific. For example, if a donor wanted to make sure that their parish has funding for structural repair a “restoration fund” could be established for that purpose. If they wanted to ensure that the parish cemetery has funding for upkeep, an endowment could be placed to aid in its maintenance for years to come. If a donor wishes to support the ongoing education of priests and seminarians, or to educate children at a Catholic school – all those options and more are available. Donors to the Foundation help ensure that Catholic teachings will remain alive and vibrant in northern Michigan for our children and our children’s children.

“That’s one of the best reasons to invest in the NMCF,” noted Danielle Parish, Executive Director for the foundation. “The gift from the donor benefits the ministry closest to their heart now, and also a hundred years from now.”

Types of gifts accepted by the foundation include: cash, securities, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts, charitable lead trusts, life insurance and bequests.

“We hope this weekend will help promote an awareness of the NMCF and help highlight what is possible,” Parish said. “Of course, we would be happy to visit with those who might consider making a financial commitment either today, or through their estate plans.”

For more information about the Northern Michigan Catholic Foundation or to receive a copy of the Annual Report, please contact Parish at 989.732.5147 or via email. Brochures and additional information are also available on this website. 

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