CFGP is sponsoring #iGiveCatholic for the fourth year in a row! Advanced Giving is now open until November 27th, and the Day of Catholic Giving is Tuesday, November 28th. We thank you in advance for your participation and support.

CFGP is sponsoring #iGiveCatholic for the fourth year in a row! Advanced Giving is now open until November 27th, and the Day of Catholic Giving is Tuesday, November 28th. We thank you in advance for your participation and support.





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Women in Philanthropy 2023 Forum

November 15, 2023

We held our annual Women in Philanthropy Forum on November 15th. The goal of the Women in Philanthropy Forum is to bring women together and highlight the critical impact that we have on the nonprofit sector.

This year, we were delighted to have the following philanthropists on our panel: Meghan Cokeley, Director, Office for the New Evangelization; Sister Isabella Davila, DC, Behavioral Health Coordinator, Face-to-Face Germantown; Sarah Hanley, President & CEO, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia; Barb Riley, President, Riley Family Foundation; Barbara Rose, Fertility Care Practitioner and nurse practitioner, Gianna Center of Philadelphia; and ​​​​​​​Dr. Laura Sicola (moderator) Founder, Vocal Impact Productions.

In 2018, we introduced our Women in Philanthropy Leadership Fund. This Fund was created to make grants to local nonprofit organizations that support women. This year, our grant recipient was the Gianna Center of Philadelphia. This grant will help the Gianna Center continue providing general gynecologic care, natural family planning education, and infertility services while honoring the sanctity of each human life, the dignity of women, and the integrity of marriage.

Thank you to everyone who attended Women in Philanthropy Forum. It was an amazing morning filled with networking, sharing, and learning from each other. A special thank you to our panelists and moderator, who generously shared their time and expertise. We are continually touched by the remarkable women who work in this sector and give their resources for the well-being of others. It is what Women in Philanthropy is all about. We hope to see you all next year.​​​

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CFGP Catholic Workshop Series

November 09, 2023

On Wednesday, November 9, 2023, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia held, It’s the Circle of Life: Conversations Catholics should have now about end-of-life planning. The first in a series of four Catholic workshops designed to serve the Catholic community and provide helpful information about end-of-life care and planned giving. Planning for the future can make an incredible difference in the lives of our loved ones and the Catholic causes that matter most to us. These workshops are a valuable resource for you, the faithful of the Archdiocese.

A very special thanks to Daniel Solecki and Terry Lamplugh for demystifying end-of-life planning, sharing the advantages of getting your affairs in order, and presenting the current-day views of our Church. Thank you for sharing your expertise on this topic. 

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10th Anniversary Celebration

October 30, 2023

On Monday, October 30, 2023, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia celebrated our 10th Anniversary at the Union League Liberty Hill, The Lodge, Liberty Ballroom. Thank you to our dedicated Board of Trustees for the gifts they selflessly share. Thank you to Archbishop Pérez for his inspiring words and continued commitment to the Foundation. We would also like to thank all the fundholders, clients, and donors who attended the event. We are reminded that our work at CFGP is only possible because you trust us to steward your projects. A special thank you to all our sponsors for supporting the event, including our Presenting Sponsor: The Kim Family.

Finally, a very special thank you to Monsignor Francis W. Beach, who received the inaugural Heart of Charity Leadership Award. This award is presented to a leader who has made a lasting contribution to our Catholic faith and is dedicated to our mission of growing philanthropy according to the teachings of Jesus Christ.  Monsignor Beach personifies those qualities and attributes; he is the spirit of charity. Congratulations, Monsignor Beach, on this well-deserved honor, and thank you for being the heart of charity at The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia


2023 Angel Award

October 19, 2023

On October 19th, we hosted our first-ever Angel Award ceremony, a dynamic grant competition. This inaugural event showcased the vibrant spirit of innovative evangelization within the local Catholic community as organizations competed to receive funding for their initiatives. The winners, Live Vertical and Roman Catholic High School were awarded a total of $60,000, with $35,000 going to Live Vertical and $25,000 to Roman Catholic High School.  We would also like to acknowledge St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and Father Dailey for participating in the event. We appreciate all the effort everyone put into this endeavor.

After hearing these dynamic presentations, investors in attendance contributed an additional $12,000. Though not every organization could receive the Angel Award, the generosity of those in the room allowed for every project to have some level of financial support.

The Angel Award runs on a yearly grant cycle. Watch for the announcement of when we will open the Letter of Intent window for the 2024 Angel Award. For more information about CFGP grants, please click here.


Introduction to Planned Giving: Preparing Now for Your Catholic Legacy

May 17, 2023

Introduction to Planned Giving: Preparing Now for Your Catholic Legacy with special guest speaker Colin Devlin, ESQ, an estate planning legal expert, was hosted by CFGP on Wednesday, May 17th. This event, open to families, individuals, and organizations in the Greater Catholic community, discussed how easy it is to make a significant impact on Catholic giving without impacting discretionary income. Colin offered tangible and practical suggestions for planned giving that can be implemented now. He also explained the different planned giving vehicles that are available and how a planned gift can help achieve financial planning goals with significant tax benefits.

To view the presentation on Planned Giving, please click here. To learn more about Planned Giving with CFGP, click here. To learn how to make your FreeWill with CFGP, click here.

Colin Devlin, Esq., Lex Nova Law LLC
Colin Devlin concentrates his practice on estate and tax planning, trust and estate administration, and asset protection. He represents individuals, families, and business owners with their estate planning and business succession planning. Colin develops strategies to address his clients’ goals and objectives in the most tax-advantageous manner and with the greatest opportunity for wealth preservation.


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Catholic Leadership Speaker Series

November 15, 2022

Keeping the Faith in Everyday Life

Featuring Father Hagan

Father Hagan, O.S.A., 41st Prior Provincial at the Augustinian Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, joined us to talk about Keeping the Faith in Everyday Life. Following is a summary of that talk. 

In today’s world, Father Hagan reminds us we have all been challenged, but he adds, we are not in it alone. Our God is with us and suffers with us. It’s a challenge to look for God and the presence of God in our everyday life. It is easy to see God in the sunlight of a beautiful day, but often it’s difficult to see God with us in the broken or difficultness of our lives.  

It’s vocation awareness week, and we thank God for all those in religious vocations. But also for those in vocations as parents, friends, business leaders, etc. Our challenge is to listen and hear the call of our vocation in the midst of all the noise. We need to enter the conversation of our life in peace and with God’s grace. Remember, we are in this together. People are walking around with heavy hearts, but we have to understand that our calling is to be kind to people. Everyone is fighting a battle that we may know nothing about. Jesus listened, broke bread, spent time, and cared for people. The love that one person shows to the other can produce incredible effects. It can remove fear and break down walls and boundaries. All of us can do those things.  

To read the rest of this summary, please click here. To watch a recording of this event click here.

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Women in Philanthropy 2022 Forum

October 26, 2022

On Wednesday, October 26th, The CFGP held our annual Women in Philanthropy Forum. Female business leaders, nonprofit professionals, and philanthropists met once again to exchange ideas, network, and encourage stronger female voices in the nonprofit sectors.

The event was moderated by Dr. Laura Sicola, Founder of Vocal Impact Productions and Chair of the CFGP Executive Advisory Council. Panel members included:

  • Kasey Brown, President, Young Catholic Professionals Philadelphia

  • Sarah Hanley, President & CEO, The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia

  • Patricia Holloway, Chair, Paoli Hospital Foundation Board of Directors
  • Sr. Meaghan V. Patterson, SSJ, Executive Director, Dawn’s Place
  • Marisally Santiago, Director of the Office for Ministry with Youth, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Our panelists discussed topics such as: how they got involved in philanthropy; how the philanthropic landscape has evolved; mentorship and their experiences as a mentor; and what specific qualities they brought to a board or committee that are unique.

Additionally, we announced our 2022 Women in Philanthropy Leadership Fund grant recipient, Dawn’s Place. Dawn’s Place offers a safe and caring residential setting for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation or sex trafficking. We were honored to have the Executive Director of Dawn’s Place, Sr. Meaghan as part of this year’s panel.

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Engaging Youth and Young Adults in the Church Today

May 18, 2022

On Wednesday, May 18th CFGP held their virtual Catholic Leadership Speaker Series featuring guest speakers Marisally Santiago and Matt Davis with the Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s youth ministries. Marisally and Matt looked at common misconceptions versus new perspectives around engaging youth and young adults in today’s Church.

The first misconception is that young people are the future of the church when in reality, young people are the NOW of the church. Our young people are called upon by Pope Francis to be agents of ministry, and we need to advocate for them to be in leadership roles now and accompany and mentor them as Catholics first and foremost.

Another misconception is that the right program will draw and retain young people when in fact, it is relationships that will draw and retain young people. Young people want to be seen, known, and loved. They are searching for identity, belonging, and purpose. They want to connect to Christ and the church. It is our job to mentor and build meaningful, trustworthy relationships.

The third misconception is that “if we build it, they will come!” However, the reality is that we need to listen without judgment or being scandalized, then make plans with our youth based on what we heard. Rather than planning for our youth, we need to be responding to their needs, desires, and dreams centered on our shared relationship.

The last misconception is that the youth/young adult ministry is the responsibility of one person at the parish. Rather, as members of the Body of Christ, we are all responsible for each other. Studies show it takes five people to engage others with the church. What can we do: be a mentor, a welcoming presence, advocate, and witness.

Let’s not forget: the history of salvation is webbed with the Yes of young people!

Click here to watch a recording of this event.

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The Top 5 Mistakes Business Leaders Make in Helping the Church

February 23, 2022

The fourth installment of our virtual Catholic Leadership Speaker series featured special guest speaker Daniel J. Cellucci, CEO, Catholic Leadership Institute.

Dan spoke about the top 5 mistakes business leaders make in trying to help the church. Drawing on the personal experience of 17 years and extensive research from Catholic Leadership Institute across the country, Dan offered the following information:

1.      The “ALLEY-OOP” – Can you dunk a basketball repeatedly? Business leaders present great ideas to the clergy and often expect the church to run with it as we often do in business. But the breadth of the portfolio is a lot wider than what business leaders deal with. Often they do not have the resources that a business does. Instead, when we present an idea we also need to come up with the capacity to see the idea through to completion.

2.      Marathon Thinking – You’re in a 5k, they are in a 26.2. As clergy, priests and bishops are caretakers of the patrimony of the whole of their church. They think about the long-term responsibilities that come with an idea. Business leaders need to help them think through the long-term plan and follow through.

3.      Unbalanced Sheet – Are we looking at the same ROI? Business leaders use key performance indicators and metrics. However, priests’ and bishops’ source of motivation is very different. It is their love of their people and their people’s love of the Lord that motivates them. Business leaders need to bridge the gap between the language and mission of the church and business metrics.

4.      Non-profit Amnesia - Why are we quiet in meetings? Business leaders need to ask themselves when they sit in church-related meetings, “what would I do in my business?” We cannot be overly deferential to the clergy in secular matters. Business leaders must remember that the clergy are people who need input, ideas, and actionable items. We must offer feedback to help bring them along in the process.

5.      The Parent Trap - Do you feel more successful as a parent or as a CEO? There is a difference between being a boss and being a spiritual leader/boss. Priests and bishops care deeply about the "family" of the church and may react in a way that is not what we would do in business. We need to help the clergy to maximize their potential. It’s important to try and understand what might be in their hearts and minds so that we can better serve them.

Dan Cellucci is CEO of Catholic Leadership Institute, an apostolate providing leadership training and consulting to more than 280 bishops, 2,700 priests, and over 27,000 deacons, religious and lay leaders in more than 100 dioceses.

To watch a recording of this event please click here.



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Catholic Leadership Speaker Series

October 14, 2021

Our third virtual Catholic Leadership Speaker Series featured special guest speaker Dr. James Smith, Jr., President and CEO of Dr. James Smith, Jr.

He spoke about new ways to accelerate our personal power to consistently live what we give. These are challenging, character-building and pivotal times. During this quick-paced, high-energy session, we:

  • Explored the true meaning of authenticity
  • Uncovered why it’s more important than ever before for us to be at our authentic best
  • Discussed what helps and what hinders authentic expression
  • Examined how authenticity can help us provide a much greater level of service and support
  • Explored the impact that personal power, personal accountability, and faith have on authentic communication and living

For over 20 years, hundreds of thousands of people, both national and international audiences of all sizes, have experienced the passion, creativity, storytelling, unshakeable positivity and mind-shifting power of Dr. James Smith, Jr. CSP.

Dr. James has authored three books with The No Excuse Guide to Success: No Matter What Your Boss or Life Throws at You book earning an NAACP Image Award nomination. His most recent book (a co-authored book project), A Collective Breath: Stories of Being Black in America and Visions of Change, was recently released. His James’ Journal blog reaches audiences all over the world. When he’s not JIMPACTing, Dr. James helps to raise awareness and support for people on the Autism Spectrum.

To watch a recording of this event, please click here

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Catholic Leadership Speaker Series

April 21, 2021

Our second virtual Catholic Leadership Speaker Series featured special guest speaker Christopher Franklin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Essential Utilities, Inc. Christopher discussed what it is like to run a highly successful enterprise that focuses on delivering excellent service, acting as stewards of the environment, enhancing economic development, and making charitable contributions. He also discussed his company’s core values, how he implements compassion and stewardship into his company's culture and the importance of diversity both in the workplace and through company partnerships.

Christopher has served as CEO since July 2015, and as Chairman since December 2017. Since being named CEO in 2015, the company’s market capitalization more than doubled, to more than $11 billion. Through the company’s growth-through-acquisition program, customer count nearly doubled and total return to shareholders was more than 100%.

In 2018, the company welcomed its one-millionth customer, and in 2019, it announced what will be the largest municipal acquisition in the company’s history – an agreement to acquire the wastewater assets of the Delaware County Regional Water Quality Control Authority (DELCORA), adding 165,000 new customers. But the accomplishment Christopher is most proud of is building a strong management team. He has worked deliberately to bring diversity to the company’s Board of Directors, employee base and management team. Under his leadership, the company has been recognized by the Forum of Executive Women in Philadelphia. Additionally, he was named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs.

Christopher earned his Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and his MBA from Villanova University. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three children and are members of St. Norbert Parish.

To watch a recording of this event, please click here.


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Catholic Leadership Speaker Series

December 09, 2020

Our first-ever virtual Catholic Leadership Speaker Series featured special guest speaker Montse Alvarado, Vice President and Executive Director for The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Montse Alvarado joined the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in 2009 and was named Vice President and Executive Director in February 2017.

With a background in public policy, she has led initiatives at Becket that have secured seven Supreme Court religious liberty victories including two wins against the contraceptive mandate, two protecting the rights of religious groups to choose their leaders, and one safeguarding the free speech of crisis pregnancy centers and religious groups on campus. Montse was profiled by the Wall Street Journal’s Weekend Edition with the following introduction: “A defender of all religion, on the front lines of America’s culture wars."

Montse has degrees from George Washington University and Florida International University. 

To watch a recording of this event, please click here.


CFGP at the 2019 Women in Philanthropy Forum

2019 Women in Philanthropy Forum

October 22, 2019

Our fourth annual Women in Philanthropy Forum might have been our best one yet! This year’s theme focused on the Catholic giving landscape from a woman’s perspective, and our panel was filled with representatives from across the nonprofit sector. From development professionals to philanthropists, each female panelist brought something unique and inspiring to the table. Discussion topics also included the importance of female leaders in the nonprofit sector and how to effectively convey your mission’s message.

Special thanks to our panelists Irene Hannan, Charlene Flaherty, Linda McDonough and Theresa Murtagh, and our moderator, Dr. Laura Sicola, who did a fabulous job guiding our discussion!

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Catholic Executive Breakfast: An Inspirational Presentation by Rev. Rob Hagan, O.S.A.

October 18, 2019

For our first-ever Catholic Executive Breakfast, CFGP teamed up with local businesses to host a morning of reflection and empowerment. With Fr. Rob Hagan, O.S.A., of Villanova University as our keynote speaker, our guests were destined for an inspirational morning. Fr. Rob spoke to us about hope, gratitude, and most importantly, faith, and we all left just a little more motivated than we were before. We thank Fr. Rob for being with us for this event, and our sponsors, Kistler Tiffany, PMC Property Group, FirstTrust and KeyBank for making it possible!

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CFGP Fundraiser’s Forum

May 23, 2019

Our spring Fundraiser’s Forum featured a panel of development experts who provided insight into key factors impacting volunteer management, stewardship, grant and foundation relations, alumni relations and more. Our panelists included:

  • Rob Weinstein, Vice President of Development, Gesu School
  • Marty Farrell, Director of Development and Community Relations, St. John’s Hospice
  • Christina Haciski, Director of Advancement, St. Mary Interparochial School


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CFGP and Rothman Orthopaedics Spring Health Care Forum: Pain Management and the Opioid Crisis

May 01, 2019

This event brought together health care practitioners and executives from our area who are regularly impacted by the opioid crisis. Our speakers shared their thoughts on pain management and patients with addiction. Guest speakers included:

  • Dr. Asif M. Ilyas, President, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Foundation for Opioid Research & Education
  • Dr. Nicholas Tenaglia, Board Chairman and CEO of the Progressions Companies and Malvern Institute
  • Dr. Alexander Vaccaro, President, Rothman Orthopaedic Institute
  • Mr. Geoff Botak, Malvern Institute



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Fall Philanthropic Workshop Series: Website Best Practices and Prioritizing Your Development Efforts

November 07, 2018

Gillespie Group’s Vice President, Mike Gillespie, Jr. and CFGP’s Associate Director of Mission Advancement Services, Emily Gambino, discussed web design and content marketing for nonprofits and gave effective and efficient tips to prioritizing development goals.

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Women in Philanthropy Luncheon

October 16, 2018

This annual luncheon celebrates women leaders who inspire others in philanthropy and faith. Women in Philanthropy 2018 honored Dr. Rosalie M. Mirenda, President Emeritus of Neumann University with the Love in Action Award. The Love in Action Award is given to a female leader and philanthropist who has bettered her community through her love of the Faith and dedication to service. Women in Philanthropy 2018 also featured guest speakers from the first beneficiary organization of CFGP’s Women in Philanthropy Leadership Fund, the Gianna Center of Philadelphia.

Attendees at the Spring Philanthropic Workshop Series

Spring Philanthropic Workshop Series: Navigating the New Tax Law and the Future of Planned Giving

May 22, 2018

CFGP’s Planned Giving and Development Officer, Ms. Kelly Diaz-Albertini, Esq., informed workshop attendees of what to expect from the new tax law, evaluating the challenges and opportunities in ‘The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.’ Ms. Diaz-Albertini also hosted a segment on the future of planned giving where she discussed development strategies and the role of professional advisors to help create a planned gift pipeline.

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Catholic Athletes for Christ Philadelphia Kick-Off

May 17, 2018

Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC), a nationally recognized nonprofit that helps Catholic athletes share the Gospel through athletics, officially launched in Philadelphia in May of 2018. To celebrate their arrival, CAC worked with CFGP to host a kick-off celebration, attended by local, Archdiocesan athletes and their families. Event highlights also included the appearances of special guests Jason Avant (former Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver), Dwight Gooden (former Major League Baseball pitcher), Bernie Parent (former Philadelphia Flyers goal tender) and the Phillie Phanatic!

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