Catholic Foundation News

The Catholic Foundation has been in the news! Check out what we have been up to and how we are positively impacting our Catholic community.

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2019 Annual Report Showcases Outstanding Year

With appreciation to Catholic Foundation donors past and present, and in recognition of long-term relationships cultivated by the staff, 2019 was an outstanding year. We invite you to read our 2019 annual report and learn more about the impact of The Catholic Foundation, our many 2019 milestones and how we’ve positioned the Foundation for several new initiatives.


The Catholic Foundation Extends Televised Mass Sponsorship Through September

When shelter-in-place guidelines closed area churches in March, Dallas Bishop Edward Burns recognized an opportunity to televise the weekly Mass, and The Catholic Foundation agreed to partner with the Catholic Diocese of Dallas as the financial broadcast sponsor of televised Sunday Masses on local television. “When we were asked to shelter in place, we felt it was very important for us all to pray in place,” said Matt Kramer, President and CEO of The Catholic Foundation, reflecting on the spring decision to serve as the broadcast sponsor of the Masses concelebrated by Bishop Burns and Bishop Kelly and aired on Sunday at 11 a.m. on FOX4, then replayed on KDFI, channel 27 or 7 depending upon your video service provider, at noon. In June, The Catholic Foundation extended its sponsorship through the end of September, and included the Spanish language Mass aired on KUVN, Univision channel 23, at 8 a.m.


Calling All Texas Artists: 15th Annual Catholic Foundation Art On The Plaza Competition Opens

Last year, Texas artist Kimberley Peterson had a vision. In it, Kimberley visualized she could help remind people through art that they can be both physically present, as well as spiritually present, which is “where the miracles happen.” Taking her vision to heart, her masterpiece has since greeted tens of thousands of visitors at The Catholic Foundation Plaza in the Dallas Arts District as the 2019 winner of the Catholic Foundation Art On The Plaza competition.

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"Battle Tested" Panel With Nonprofit & Catholic School Leaders Delivers Hope

Our quarterly Catholic Community Network panel involved a blue-ribbon panel of nonprofit and Catholic school leaders who shared their insights about ways to thrive, not just survive, from lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Being Prepared Ensures Your Final Wishes Are Followed

Conversations about illness, death and dying are never easy. Whether death comes suddenly or after prolonged illness, most of us are not comfortable discussing our medical wishes or end-of-life plans with our loved ones. However, being prepared ensures that your final wishes are followed.

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Seeking a Fall 2020 Grant? Letters of Intent are Due June 15

To streamline our grant application process, we introduced a new step last year known as a Letter of Intent (LOI) that enables grant seekers the opportunity to share project summaries before submitting a full grant application.

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Spring Grant Recipients Receive $1.18 Million - Video of Ceremony

Congratulations to the 28 Dallas-area Catholic churches and schools, plus nonprofit organizations that received $1.18 million in grants from The Catholic Foundation during our virtual spring grant ceremony.

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Battle Tested: How Nonprofits & Schools Can Grow Stronger From the Challenges of COVID-19 Virtual Panel

You are invited to a live, virtual discussion on Wednesday, June 3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. about the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on several Dallas-area non-profits and schools and how their response can spur ideas for new business models, new approaches for interacting with key audiences and new ways of serving the immediate needs of the pandemic era while fulfilling your organization’s core mission. Please register for this free video/audio Catholic Community Network presentation and Q&A session by June 1 to Denise Shaw at, or call 972-331-1641. After registering, you’ll receive an email with details about joining the live conversation.

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CEO Matt Kramer Interviews On KRLD-AM CEO Spotlight

Our donors and staff are rising to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listen to our CEO Matt Kramer talk with KRLD business analyst David Johnson on the KRLD, 108-AM CEO Spotlight about the millions of dollars being provided to nonprofits thanks to our generous donors.


Mother's Day Mass on FOX4

Join fellow faithful this Mother’s Day at 11 a.m. on FOX4 as Dallas Bishop Edward Burns and Auxillary Bishop Greg Kelly concelebrate Mass from St. Edward Catholic Church just east of downtown Dallas.

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Rising to the Challenges of the Day

With gratitude to Catholic Foundation donors past and present, our team continues to work safely from home, and our efforts have not been deterred. Many of our donors and Foundation friends have risen to the challenges of the day by helping with various projects including food drives, equipment distribution and prayer sessions via videoconferencing.


Thank You Teachers

We’re very grateful and appreciative for the outstanding support, love, nurturing, guidance and role modeling that Dallas-area Catholic teachers provide our local students.


CommUNITY During Sunday's Televised Masses

We’re pleased to continue as the financial broadcast sponsor of each televised Sunday Mass, including those in May and June to be concelebrated by Dallas Bishop Edward Burns and Auxiliary Bishop Greg Kelly on FOX4 at 11 a.m. and replayed at noon on KDFI, Ch 27 or 7, depending upon your video service provider.

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Catholic Foundation Employee, Neighbors, Collect Food & Funds For Local Ministry

Rising to the challenge, a Catholic Foundation employee, Sylvia Windham, and her family participated in a massive food drive with their Canyon Creek Home Owner Association (HOA) in Richardson to feed North Texans. Last weekend, Sylvia, the Bilingual Gift Processing Coordinator, and her neighbors collected 14,000 pounds of food and the CC HOA donated $10,000 in cash for a local non-profit in Richardson called Network of Community Ministries (Network), a spring 2019 recipient of a Catholic Foundation grant.

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KATH, 910-AM Interview Of The Week

President and CEO Matt Kramer shares how The Catholic Foundation donors and staff have risen to the challenge of the shelter-in-place era.

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