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Key Takeaways: Connecting Clients with their Philanthropic Interests

By Marie Galetto, Marketing and Grants Program Manager

What role do estate planning attorneys, CPAs and wealth managers play in their clients’ philanthropic strategy? On Monday, July 31, 2017, the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County brought together a panel of experts to discuss just that. At this year’s Advisor Lunch, the Foundation invited John M. Sobrato, CEO of the Sobrato Organization, James P. Cashman, estate planning attorney at Berliner Cohen, and Raymond J. Triplett, President and CEO of Triplett Financial to share their unique perspectives.

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Staff Profile: Carolina Scipioni

Meet the Foundation Staff!

As a new feature in our e-newsletters, we want to introduce you to our hardworking, dedicated staff members!

scipioniCarolina Scipioni
Endowment and Planned Giving Program Manager

Carolina is the Foundation’s newest staff member. We are so fortunate that she is here brightening up our office with her upbeat personality and using her new perspective and skills to shape our planned giving program.

Where did you grow up and what was your favorite part about growing up there?
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Catholic Community Foundation hosts Planned Giving Seminar

Marie Galetto
Marketing and Grants Program Manager, The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County

Of the three gifts we can give to our parish – time, talent, and treasure – only the gift of treasure will continue to give back after we’ve gone to heaven. After a lifetime of giving time and talent to various ministries, many people find great joy in the ability to leave lasting, meaningful gifts of treasure as their legacy.

On Tuesday, May 23, the Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County hosted a Planned Giving Seminar at Saint Lucy Parish, bringing ideas to parish and parish school leadership that may inspire their communities about legacy and planned gifts. Bill Marsella came all the way from The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota, the largest Catholic Community Foundation in the United States, to inspire the 56 seminar attendees. read more…

Joy in the gift of the Seasons

By The Most Reverend Thomas Daly
Bishop of Spokane, Washington
and Mary Quilici Aumack
Executive Director, The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County

Note: I wrote this article four years ago with Bishop Daly, when he was the Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of San Jose. I have always felt that the change of seasons is a gift. In the Easter season we recall the great gift of peace that Jesus left us through his Apostles. I pray for peace. -Mary


There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven
(Ecclesiastes 3:1)

The seasons are great gifts from God. As we change from one interval to the next, we enjoy the obvious and subtle changes. As one season wanes we await with anticipation, the next. At the end of winter we long for the warm sun on our faces, short-sleeved shirts, and water sports. At the end of summer we look forward to changing colors, hot tea by the fire, and snow sports.

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Lent as the Means, not the End

By Marie Galetto
Marketing & Grants Program Manager

Lent can sometimes feel a bit like a marathon. We’ve reached the halfway point and the end is in sight! The Easter celebration acts as the finish line for our Lenten sacrifices – the time when we can finally indulge in Easter candy and revert back to all our pre-Lent habits. I’d like to challenge us to view our Lenten sacrifices in a different light; not as a temporary denial, but as a chance to build a foundation for the people we want to become.

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On a Firm Foundation: Sacrifice, Pray, Give

By Mary Quilici Aumack
Executive Director

We all grew up knowing that there were three intertwined actions observed during Lent: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. In my family the focus was on SACRIFICE: We gave up meat on Ash Wednesday, and only ate one regular meal that day. In “those” days we still abstained from meat on every Friday of the year, so that was no different. In addition, we gave up something we cherished. For some it was chocolate; perhaps a favorite TV show, etc.

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On a Firm Foundation: Gratitude, Hope, Legacy

By Mary Quilici Aumack
Executive Director, The Catholic Community Foundation of Santa Clara County

Bishop Daly once suggested to me that if I start each day with gratitude, EACH DAY would be more joy filled. So, that is my intention. Mind you, I don’t always succeed.

GRATITUDE: The virtue by which a person acknowledges, interiorly and exteriorly, gifts received and seeks to make at least some return for the gift conferred.

This past weekend we celebrated our 34th wedding anniversary. So, finding something for which to be grateful this week; not so difficult. I am grateful for Doug, for his strong, even and loving presence in my life. I am deeply grateful for our daughter Kacey, now 33, and making her own big way in the world, with work, play and advocacy. I am grateful for read more…

On a Firm Foundation: Legacy – Continuation of a Life Well-Lived

By Mary Quilici Aumack
Executive Director
Recently I attended the Memorial Mass for Sister Mary Claude Power, PBVM. Those of you who knew her need no reminder of her strength, will and grace. For those of you who did not have the blessing of knowing her, she was the founding Superintendent of Schools for the Diocese of San Jose. She served in that position from 1981-1999. In his homily, Bishop McGrath referred to her as one of the Foundresses of our Diocese. He remarked that with Catholic institutions we are very familiar with the term Founder, not so much with FOUNDRESS. She was a mother of our Catholic Community, a stalwart supporter of principals, teachers and students.

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2017 Spring Grant Cycle Now Open

By Marie Galetto
Marketing & Grants Program Manager

As the newest member of the Catholic Community Foundation’s staff, it has been fascinating to learn about all the programs that we are able to support in our local community. From homeless outreach, to youth ministry programs, to musical training sessions, there are so many different programs that are enriching our parish life and helping those in our community who need it most.

Our 2017 Spring Grant Cycle is now open! If you have a program that will happen between July 2017 and June 2018, please apply! We will accept applications in the following four areas until March 31:
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On a Firm Foundation: End-of-year Giving with Catholic Ministries in Mind

By Mary Quilici Aumack

The strongest emotion that accompanies faith is that of gratitude. We are grateful for the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We are grateful for our personal relationship with God, and the joy with which that fills our lives. We want to share this joy and gratitude with others, reaching out to help our neighbors.

In the season of Advent, this desire to BE the body of Christ in our community informs our plans for end-of-year charitable giving. I encourage you to do that planning in the context of the ministries that form you, and those that represent you in our community.

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As a full-functioning community foundation, we are able to extend our outreach and effectiveness into the community by offering Donor Advised Funds and legacy planning services, in addition to our professionally invested and managed endowments.

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