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John L. Sauter Estate Planning Seminar is October 20

The Catholic Foundation invites you to join us for our annual John L. Sauter Estate Planning Seminar on Friday, October 20, 2023, from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Boathouse at Confluence Park. This year’s lineup of dynamic speakers includes:

  • Richard E. Connolly – Life Settlements – A Valuable Asset Hiding in Plain Sight
  • Avery T. Fontaine – Fundraising Techniques in a Changing World
  • Judge David A. Hejmanowski – Probate Case Law and Legislative Updates
  • Isaiah Stidham – SECURE Act 2.0

*Admission is FREE for members of The Catholic Foundation’s Professional Advisors Group!*

To register for the seminar, please follow this link:

Responsive Grants Open September 1

Through the generosity of our donors, The Catholic Foundation accepts applications and awards grants annually within the 23-county diocese of Columbus to organizations that fall within our four giving pillars. Applications are accepted September 1-29.

  • Parishes may apply to Parishes, Education & Faith Formation and Ministries pillars  
  • Catholic schools may apply to Education & Faith Formation pillar
  • Invited religious orders may apply to Vocations pillar
  • Invited non-profit organizations within the diocese of Columbus may apply to Ministries pillar

For information on the grant guidelines, please click here.

To complete an online application, please click here.

You can access your started or completed application by selecting LOGIN located at the top right-hand side of the homepage and then selecting “Grants” or by clicking here.

Columbus Catholic Young Adult Conference is October 14

The Columbus Catholic Young Adult Conference is a Catholic conference in the Diocese of Columbus that seeks to empower young adults to transform their communities through their identity in Christ. This conference has been designed and developed by young adults for young adults. We want to give conference participants the practical tools and resources to live out their discipleship and create faith-filled communities of young adults where they live.

Join us on Saturday, October 14, 2023 at Saint John Neumann Parish in Sunbury. Doors open at 8:15 am.

For more information on the agenda, key note speakers and registration, please visit

Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption Tour

The Catholic Foundation welcomes their donors and members of the Professional Advisors Group, Kyrie Bequest Society, St. Martha Giving Circle, and St. John Fisher Stewards to join them for a private tour of the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption on Tuesday, September 19th at 6:30pm. Guests are invited to enjoy a reception immediately following the tour.

Transportation is available. A chartered bus will leave the Foundation at 5:30pm and arrive back at approximately 9:30pm. Seating is limited.

Please RSVP to Molly Mackessy at

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The Charity Newsies Clothe-A-Child Program

The Charity Newsies Clothe-A-Child Program is designed for families in need of back-to-school clothing assistance including Catholic school uniforms.  Consideration is based on household incomes at or around 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.   For more information, including an application, please visit or contact Charity Newsies at 614-263-4300 or

St. Martha Giving Circle’s Membership Gathering

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