It’s hard to believe that the staff of the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) has worked remotely for more than 18 months now. We’ve experienced profound changes since we last sat around our boardroom table together — as individuals, as a team, and as a community.
Although so much has changed externally, what drives us internally at CCF remains the same. I often call it our “secret sauce.” You can’t see it, but it’s what sets us apart: our mission and values. This part of our work — why and how we do it — is our living legacy.
And at CCF, we have the honor and privilege of helping carry out the legacies of our donors and partners through the power of endowment. When they entrust us with their physical treasure, we steward it in perpetuity to benefit the ministries and causes that best reflect their values.
And thanks to our donors and partners, CCF now stewards more than $510 million in total assets. More importantly, we continue to grant $17 million annually to the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community. Since our founding, we’ve granted a total of $207 million. And as we’ve adjusted to our growth, we’ve welcomed four new highly skilled, mission-driven professionals to the CCF team.
This is possible, in part, because of donors like Emery and Karen Koenig, who learned the value of generosity as children, and parishes like the Church of St. Timothy in Maple Lake, a pillar in its rural community for more than 100 years. And it’s possible because of the humble leadership of groups like the League of Catholic Women, which will forever honor its legacy through perpetual grantmaking.
Despite all the changes of last year, the truth St. Paul writes about endures. God commanded light to shine in the dark, and God shines through us so more people will know him and “look not to what is seen but to what is unseen” (2 Corinthians 4:18).
We are honored that you trust us to help you shine God’s light through your philanthropy, ministries, and missions. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives and legacies.
Anne Cullen Miller, MBA