The Anatomy of a Catholic Estate Plan

The Anatomy of a Catholic Estate Plan

A good estate plan has the bones to hand down the things you’ve worked hard for in life and to plan a proper funeral. A great estate plan has the brains to consider how your affairs are handled and how assets are distributed. But a Catholic estate plan ensures your legacy lives on — it has a heart. A Catholic […]

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Announcing CCF’s New Vice President of Impact

Announcing CCF’s New Vice President of Impact

The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) is happy to announce the promotion of Meg Payne Nelson to the newly established role of Vice President of Impact. Meg has served CCF’s mission for the last five years as Program Officer. In her new role as Vice President of Impact, Meg will oversee CCF’s grantmaking strategy, including charity screening, impact goal […]

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Giving Appreciated Stock 101

Giving Appreciated Stock 101

You’ve likely seen recent reports of record highs in the stock market. We’re officially in a bull market. While many people wait until the end of the year to make philanthropic gifts, now might be an ideal moment to capture record stock prices.

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The Downside of IRA Required Minimum Distributions (And How to Avoid It)

The Downside of IRA Required Minimum Distributions (And How to Avoid It)

Some of the best tools for planning for retirement are pre-tax retirement accounts. Your income goes directly into these funds, without being taxed, and then grows tax free for years. You don’t have to worry about paying taxes on these accounts until you start withdrawing the money during retirement. But, all good things must come to an end. So, tax law requires that you…

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Introducing Bethel Ruest

Introducing Bethel Ruest

We are thrilled to announce that Bethel Ruest, MBA, has joined the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) as our new senior philanthropic advisor. Bethel brings a wealth of experience in planned giving to CCF and our Catholic community. For more than 20 years, she served Mayo Clinic in Rochester, most recently as assistant director of gift planning, and she sits on the board of directors for the Minnesota Planned Giving Council.

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Letter From the President: Be Light for Others

Letter From the President: Be Light for Others

Dear Friends,

You’ve read many letters now, I’m sure, that begin with the words, “In these uncertain times…” In one way or another, we are all struggling with uncertainty; it seems almost every aspect of our lives is now unknown. Coronavirus impacts our health, our families, our work, our ability to participate in the sacraments, our future. As I think about the unknown, I am reminded of the Irish poet and philosopher John O’Donohue and his poem This Is the Time to Be Slow.

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A Community Response

A Community Response

In mid-March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit Minnesota, our daily routines were upended. All corners of the economy were impacted. And in the midst of rapid change and increasing uncertainty, our parishes — the places we turn for comfort, hope, and community — were forced to close their doors to keep staff and parishioners safe.

But church never ceased.

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The CARES Act and Charitable Giving

Giving Appreciated Stock 101

You’ve likely heard about the CARES Act — Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — passed into law in March 2020. It’s the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and includes a variety of provisions to help individuals, families, and small businesses obtain economic relief. A couple of those provisions impact charitable giving. Just how depends on whether you itemize your deductions or not.

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Catholic Spirit: Nine Catholic schools serving low-income families to receive renewed support

Catholic Spirit: Nine Catholic schools serving low-income families to receive renewed support

Nine Catholic elementary schools serving low-income families in seven cities in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis can expect a renewed commitment of support from organizations that can help, said Jason Slattery, the archdiocese’s director of Catholic education. GHR Foundation, Aim Higher Foundation and the Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota “are among the main foundations and community partners that have stepped forward to provide renewed support for these schools based on their eligibility for this initiative,” Slattery said.

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The CARES Act, Charitable Giving, and an Opportunity to Double Your Impact

The CARES Act, Charitable Giving, and an Opportunity to Double Your Impact

You’ve likely heard about the CARES Act — Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act — passed into law in March 2020. It’s the largest economic relief bill in U.S. history and includes a variety of provisions to help individuals, families, and small businesses obtain economic relief. A couple of those provisions impact charitable giving. Just how depends on whether you itemize your deductions or not.

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