We’re a charitable foundation established to serve the Catholic Diocese of Lincoln and beyond by promoting Christian philanthropy. For years, we’ve been helping people plan their giving and fulfill their wishes to live more charitably. We are a dedicated strategic planned giving team assisting our Catholic community.


Helping you give charitably, in a way that is meaningful to you, is what we’re all about. We work with individuals, couples, and families who want to personally make a difference in the lives of others.


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

Claire Pohlen

Director of Operations

Claire Meyer

Clare Meyer

Executive Assistant

For a list of the 2020-2021 Catholic Foundation board members, click here.

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 exists to proclaim the Good News of Salvation by offering opportunities to financially support the spiritual, educational, and charitable works of all Catholic parishes, schools, diocesan offices and agencies.

Our Vision

Be Christ’s Joy. Enrich Lives.