Catholic Foundation News

The Catholic Foundation makes news all the time. Check out what we have been up to and how we are positively impacting our Catholic community and region.

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67 Things To Know About The Catholic Foundation

As we embark on our 67th year of existence, we’re excited about the future and the continuing positive impact The Catholic Foundation will have on our Catholic community and region. Many know about the work of The Catholic Foundation from the grant recipients who receive funds thanks to the generosity of donors both past and present.


The Good Word - Fall 2021

This edition of The Good Word provides information about our continued presenting sponsorship of the Diocese of Dallas' televised Masses in 2022, a story about our recent leadership changes designed to further strengthen our ability to serve donors, and much more.

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Wishing You Joy This Christmas

The virtue of joy poured out from this past Sunday’s liturgical readings as the fourth week of Advent inches closer to the great celebration of Jesus’ birth on Christmas. As you light all four candles on your Advent wreath, or admire the twinkling lights of others’ wreaths, we wish you and your loved ones blessed moments kissed by grace.

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O Holy Night - Christmas Eve Concert & Christmas Day Televised Mass

You and your loved ones are invited to join a Christmas Eve concert via the Diocese of Dallas YouTube and/or Facebook page, and participate in the Christmas Day televised Mass if circumstances prevent you from attending in person.

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Dec. 8th Panel Features Three Dallas-area Catholic Media Outlets

As we resume our in-person quarterly Catholic Community Network Wednesday, Dec. 8th vs. hosting them via Zoom, our next panel features several North Texas Catholic media outlets.

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$1.3 Million Awarded During 2021 Fall Grant Ceremony

The Catholic Foundation awarded $1.3 million to 12 local schools, churches and community organizations during its 2021 fall grant ceremony. Funded by the Foundation’s unrestricted Philanthropy Fund as well as funds established by individuals and families to carry out their charitable goals, the grants will support various projects including HVAC replacements, facility renovations, purchase of a vehicle, church organ repair and technology upgrades for school classrooms.

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2022 Catholic Foundation Award Dinner Registration Open

All are invited to celebrate the finest in community service and Catholic philanthropy in the Dallas area at the 39th annual Catholic Foundation Award Dinner on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022.


The Good Word - Summer 2021 - Growing Stronger Every Day

The summer edition of The Good Word showcases a number of successes making The Catholic Foundation grow stronger every day.

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Institute for Homiletics in Catholic Church Established on UD Campus; Karla Bellinger Named Founding Executive Director

Karla J. Bellinger, M.A., DMIN, has been named founding Executive Director of the Institute for Homiletics at the University of Dallas with the goal of improving preaching in the Catholic Church. The Institute is a collaboration of The Catholic Foundation and the University of Dallas.

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Mission Possible: How to Achieve Nonprofit Victories Panel Invite

Our next Catholic Community Network panel on Wednesday, Sept. 8 (9 to 10:30 a.m. via Zoom) brings together three outstanding North Texas nonprofit leaders.

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Sept. 11 End-Of-Life Seminar Offers Catholic Perspective

All are invited to attend “The Conversation, a live and socially distanced seminar that provides a Catholic perspective on End-of-Life Issues” on Saturday, Sept. 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church in Ennis.

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What a Year! 2020 Annual Report Shines Spotlight On Growth

Building upon an outstanding 2019, the momentum of The Catholic Foundation and our generous donors produced another exceptional year in 2020 despite the pandemic that dominated much of society. We invite you to read our 2020 annual report to learn more about the impact of The Catholic Foundation, last year’s achievements and how you can be involved in our growth initiatives that serve the greater Dallas area Catholic community.

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Submissions Open For 16th Annual Art On The Plaza Competition

It’s not every day your artistic masterpiece adorns a 28 x 9 foot public wall in the middle of the arts district of America’s 9th largest city. But that high profile honor, plus $2,500, awaits one talented Texas artist who wins this year’s 16th annual Catholic Foundation Art on the Plaza competition. Honorable mention winners will receive $250.


The Catholic Foundation Welcomes Four New Trustees To Board

Aileen Pratt Begins Two-year Term as Board Chair

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Lydia and Dan Novakov Named 2022 Catholic Foundation Award Honoree

Lydia and Dan Novakov, long-time Dallas philanthropists with a passion for giving people a chance in life while dedicating their time, talent and treasure to serving others in areas including healthcare, Catholic education, children’s charities, the Catholic community as a whole including preservation of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe downtown, have been named the 39th Catholic Foundation Award honorees.

News Media Contacts

Bill Kula, APR, Director of Marketing and Communications, via email or 972-331-1636 (o), 214-789-1644 (mobile)

Lauren Dugger, Sunwest Communications, via email, or 214-373-1601, x272 

Emily Wingate, Sunwest Communications, via email, or 214-373-1601, x269