OUR ROLE IN CHARITABLE GIVING

WHO WE ARE

We’re a Catholic community foundation that exists to help individual Catholics plan and facilitate charitable giving according to their wishes, both during their lifetimes and at death.  We offer advisory services to uncover personal donor desires, identify opportunities, and steward gifts through channels to Catholic and other worthy beneficiaries.

WHAT WE DO

We work with individuals, couples, and families who want to make a difference in the lives of others.  In addition, we work with Catholic parishes, schools, organizations, and ministries, by assisting their donors in the planning and facilitation of gifts.

WHY WE DO IT

Simply put, we are answering the call to live more charitably by supporting the spiritual, educational, and charitable works of our Catholic Community.

Meet Our Team

Chris Raun

Chris Raun

Executive Director

Les Mach

Les Mach

Gift Planning Officer

Claire Pohlen

Melanie Kottwitz

Executive Assistant

Scott Yates

Gift Planning Officer

Our History

The Catholic Foundation was established in 1999 to manage diocesan endowments, and to help schools, parishes, and Catholic organizations meet their financial needs. It was also established to assist individuals with charitable giving and planned gifts. Since then, we have been helping Catholics through education, strategic financial planning, estate planning, and fund management. What’s more, investments made through The Foundation are carefully screened to ensure they are aligned with Catholic morals and teaching.

The Catholic Foundation serves the entire Catholic community, and is governed by an independent Board of Directors. Members of the board represent parishes throughout the Diocese.

Our Mission

The Catholic Foundation of Southern Nebraska offers advisory services to uncover personal donor desires, identify opportunities, and steward gifts through channels to Catholic and worthy beneficiaries.

Our Vision

Discover the need. Nurture the desire. Give for the love of Christ.

Disclaimer: The Catholic Foundation of Southern Nebraska is a 501(c)(3) public charity, a private juridic person of the Catholic Church (Canon 114 §1), and a separate legal entity from the Diocese of Lincoln. This legal status enables the Foundation to safeguard your gifts for the charitable purpose you specify.