St. Martha Giving Circle

About The Marthas!

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 grant-making vote. Founders’ Circle members contribute a minimum of $1,000.


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


Congratulations to the 2019 award winners, totaling $45,000!

The Marthas have a history of identifying, learning about, and supporting groups doing incredible work in our community. This year, 29 organizations were nominated and over 70 women voted. The votes are in and the top ten are below:

  • $10,000    Star House
  • $7,000      Mommies Matter
  • $5,000      Women’s Care Center
  • $5,000      Cristo Rey High School
  • $5,000      Christ Child Society
  • $5,000      St. Francis Evangelization Center
  • $3,000      St. Vincent Family Center
  • $3,000       J.O.I.N.
  • $1,000      Dominican Learning Center
  • $1,000      Kairos Prison Ministry of Ohio
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