St. Martha Giving Circle

About the St. Martha Giving Circle

The St. Martha Giving Circle is an initiative dedicated to bringing Catholic women together to raise awareness and funds for organizations in the Diocese of Columbus. A giving circle by design, this group will leverage a pooled fund to have a greater philanthropic impact on the selected organizations.

Throughout the year, The Marthas will gather to learn about organizations and their needs, and decide together which projects to fund. There will also be opportunities to share ideas, serve with one another and, of course, plenty of time to socialize.

Who Should Join?

Women of any age who want to have a meaningful impact on our Catholic community.

Membership Benefits

  1. Vote on what organizations your want to receive a grant
  2. You decide your level of involvement – voluntary attendance at meetings, site visits and speaker panels
  3. Learn about non-profit organizations throughout the diocese
  4. Hear about projects and needs in the community, directly from the organizations
  5. Share ideas and opportunities with other women
  6. Engage in service and fellowship with like-minded women of all ages
  7. Opportunities to include even the youngest women in your family, to teach future generations about philanthropy

Who We Support

Members will vote annually on a beneficiary (must be a Catholic-supported organization in the Diocese of Columbus). Depending on available funds, multiple beneficiaries may be selected. The voting process and grant announcement occurs in the spring.

Becoming a Martha

Give as much as you can, as often as you can. Gifts to the fund might range from $10 – $10,000, but we ask for a minimum contribution of $100 for voting privileges. Non-voting members are free to participate in all activities, outside of the annual grantmaking vote. Founders’ Circle members contribute a minimum of $1,000.


Congratulations to the 2018 award winners, totaling $42,000!

  • $10,000    Holy Family Soup Kitchen and Pantry
  • $5,000      St. Francis Evangelization Center 
  • $5,000      J.O.I.N.
  • $5,000      Back In His Arms Again
  • $5,000      Run The Race Club
  • $5,000      (Kinder) Women’s Care Center
  • $2,500      Dominican Sisters of Peace
  • $2,500      Little Flower Showers – St. Patrick Church
  • $1,000      St. Stephen’s Community House
  • $1,000      Pathways to Hope – Catholic Social Services

Email martha@catholic-foundation.org, if you have any questions or would like more information!

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