League of Catholic Women Foundation
In the spirit of empowering women in innovative and entrepreneurial ways since 1911, the League of Catholic Women established the League of Catholic Women Foundation (LCWF). With this fund, the League formally transitions from a membership organization to a perpetual grantmaker. The LCWF offers financial assistance to organizations in the 12-county greater Twin Cities metro area serving women to help them fulfill their potential and build a hopeful future for themselves and generations to come.
The League of Catholic Women have entrusted the LCWF to the experienced and faith-consistent stewardship of the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF). CCF will work in conjunction with the LCWF Grantmaking Advisory Committee, which is comprised of members of the League who will, through 2030, build and develop the framework for the fulfillment of the League’s mission in perpetuity.
For League Members
League members are encouraged to stay involved! Here are a few ways you can do that:
01 Serve a 3-year term as an advisory committee member. For more information, please contact Lisa Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
02 Stay apprised of League events such as conferences or retreats. To ensure you’re on the mailing list, please contact Meg Payne Nelson at nelsonm@ccf-mn.
03 Contact your favorite organization, grab your friends, and volunteer! See the list of FY21 grantees for ideas.
04 Include the League in your estate plan. For more information about directing your gift to the LCWF, please contact Chris Nelson email@example.com.
05 Grow the impact of the League of Catholic Women Foundation by donating your membership dues, or any dollar amount, to the LCWF.
Lisa Miller (Chair)
Julie Ann Schmidt
Does your organization serve women in the greater Twin Cities metro area to help them fulfill their potential and build a hopeful future for themselves and generations to come? Is yours a small organization (under $300,000 in annual expenses), or one which is filling gaps where certain needs of women are not otherwise being met? Then please consider submitting a Letter of Inquiry! Letters of Inquiry will be solicited each year in early April, and organizations or programs best matching the guidelines below will be invited to apply. To find out more, contact Meg Payne Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LCWF provides general operating or program support to small organizations that assist women in crisis by providing:
- Job search and employment coaching, or training in financial management.
- Pregnancy and maternal counseling, education, and support.
- Transitional housing, especially with programs that build self-esteem and prevent predation.
- Programs that support the education of vulnerable women.
- Retreats and seminars featuring women theologians, women leaders in the Church, and/or leaders of organizations serving women.