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2024 Angel Award Event

October 24, 2024

The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia's Grant Committee will present the 2024 Angel Award on Thursday, October 24. This award will be given to an organization that supports funding innovative efforts to promote evangelization in the greater Philadelphia area. This grant was first awarded in 2023, and it was created to proactively impact the future of the Catholic church in our community.

Throughout the grant cycle, CFGP's Grant Committee will provide guidance and assistance to applicants. The final round of applicants will be presented to CFGP's Board of Trustees and other local philanthropists, and a live vote will be held to determine the recipient of the 2024 Angel Award. The event will take place at the Union League Liberty Hill from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Stay tuned for more details! To learn more about the grant, visit



Create Your Catholic Legacy: Estate Planning Workshops

May 14, 2024

The Create Your Catholic Legacy: Estate Planning Workshops, held on May 14th and 21st, provided essential insights into faith-based estate planning, aligning with Catholic values. We thank Andrew J. Barron and Deacon Donald P. DiCarlo for their enlightening presentations, which skillfully guided attendees through creating and executing faith-aligned financial, estate, and succession plans. Their expertise offered attendees invaluable guidance in navigating the complexities of estate planning within the framework of their faith.

If you are interested in attending future workshops or would like more information on this topic, please contact Garrett Owen at

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CFGP Catholic Workshop Series

February 22, 2024

It’s the Circle of Life: Conversations Catholics should have now about end-of-life planning.

On February 22nd, CFGP hosted the second event in our Catholic Workshop Series. The workshop provided helpful information to the Catholic community about end-of-life care and planned giving. Proper planning for the future can have a significant impact on the lives of our loved ones, as well as the Catholic causes that we hold dear.

Daniel Solecki and Terry Lamplugh were the speakers at the event and shared their expertise on end-of-life planning. They explained the advantages of getting one's affairs in order and presented the current-day views of the Catholic Church. Garrett Owen, our Chief Philanthropy Officer, also shared information about how to create a Catholic Legacy. CFGP thanks everyone who shared their expertise on this topic.

If you are interested in attending future workshops or would like more information on this topic, please contact Garrett Owen at


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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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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

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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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