Gone But Not Forgotten: Memorial Endowments

CCFMM Memorial Funds are a beautiful way to remember loved ones and carry on their legacy.

There are more than 200 memorial funds managed by CCFMM. They support all categories of giving including Catholic Schools, Catholic Scholarships, Christian Service, Community Service Agencies, Evangelization Outreach, Faith Formation and Religious Education, Foundation Operations, Parishes, Vocations Support Funds and Donor Advised Funds.

Some of the memorial endowments are earmarked for specific charities or projects that families have recognized as important to their deceased loved ones. For example, Aloysius Ryczek’s love of music was demonstrated in his work with the Men’s Choir at the former St. Stanislaus Church in Bay City. After his passing, his wife set up the Aloysius Ryczek Endowment Fund to support the music programs at Bay Area Catholic Schools, now known as All Saints Central Catholic Schools.

Likewise, the Rod Luplow Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established to celebrate Rod’s accomplishments on and off the football field. As a tribute to him, family and friends designated that the college scholarship be awarded based on academic and leadership qualifications as well as participation in the football program at Nouvel Catholic Central High School.

“A memorial endowment is a significant way to honor a loved one,” said Kristin Smith, Executive Director of the CCFMM. “There are so many good people who have given a lasting gift.  An endowment will guarantee that their memory will continue in perpetuity through good works that benefit the Church and community.”

Like most of the funds managed by CCFMM, established memorial endowments accept donations of any amounts at any time. New endowments can be set up by contacting Kristin Smith at 989-797-6624 or Kristin.Smith@ccfmm.org.

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