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 FY23 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, or one which is filling gaps where certain needs of women are not otherwise being met, or an established organization with a specific initiative or program that achieves this goal? 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. Organizations may receive up to three years of consecutive funding and will return to eligibility after two years.
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.
- Life-affirming pregnancy and maternal counseling, education, and support.
- Transitional housing, especially programs that build self-esteem and prevent predation.
- Programs that support education options, and empowerment of vulnerable women.
- Retreats and seminars featuring women theologians, women faith leaders, and/or leaders of organizations serving women.