Welcome Cameo!

Estate Planning will continue to be a specialty of the Catholic Community Foundation thanks to the hiring of Cameo Anders, the new Director of Estate Planning and In-House Counsel. “Cameo brings a deep faith and a wealth of professional experience to help individuals in their planning,” said Mark Conzemius, President of the Catholic Community Foundation….

Everlasting Faith

The Eden Catholic community was truly blessed this week with many endowment distribution checks given by generous donors. Donors left a legacy behind to support Sacred Heart Parish of Eden, Eden Park Cemetery, St. Michael Cemetery and St. Joseph Cemetery in Lake City. Marne Hult, Gift Planning Officer in the Watertown Deanery, presented checks to…

Foundation News – Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Julie Becker (left), Executive Director, St. Francis House & Katie Fritz (right), Gift Planning Officer, CCFESD Marcie Priestly (left), Development, Volunteer and Community Relations  Director, Salvation Army Sioux Falls & Katie Fritz (right), Gift Planning Officer, CCFESD Today I delivered some endowment distribution checks. What an honor and humbling experience. The Salvation Army Sioux Falls and St. Francis…

Meet Our Donors – Mary Bierschbach

Mary Bierschbach Faith sustained Claire and Mary Bierschbach through 40 years on their farm near Webster, S.D. They trusted in God in tough years when drought dried up their pastures and storms damaged crops. They stayed strong even when a series of extraordinarily wet years caused the nearby sloughs to swell, slowly overtaking their farm…

Meet Our Donors – Steve Carlson

Bryant Cemetery Steve Carlson saw disaster looming, each time he wrote a check to pay a lawn care service for mowing the St. Mary’s Cemetery. As the financial officer for the cemetery account, Carlson paid the bills for the small parish burial area, located a mile north of Bryant, S.D. “It was obvious that we…

Meet Our Donors – Ralph & Rose Counter

Ralph & Rose Counter Ralph and Rose Counter knew well the strain poverty could place on a family. The Sioux Falls couple spent hours volunteering for church and community organizations and saw those struggles manifested in their work with homeless families, in regular visits to prisoners and in seeing young children unable to afford Catholic…

Meet Our Donors – Wayne Stuwe

Wayne and Janine Stuwe Wayne Stuwe first met the staff of the Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota as a volunteer running a spotlight for a Christmas concert. Foundation President Mark Conzemius and other staffers were in Hoven, S.D., several years ago to help St. Anthony parish produce their own Christmas concert, which became…

Meet Our Donors – Millie Giordano

Mildred “Millie” Giordano The Catholic faith was very important to Mildred “Millie” Giordano and, her family members say, she had a generosity of heart that surpassed monetary giving. “She gave her heart and love to others, through kindness and attention,” six of her nieces and nephews wrote in a letter to the Catholic Community Foundation…

Meet Our Donors – Roger & Marcia Liebig

Roger and Marcia Liebig Roger and Marcia Liebig, from Gettysburg, recently established a Variable Deferred Charitable Gift Annuity with The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota. Marcia is the daughter of Lyle Griese who was a long time participant in the Gettysburg Fishing Tournament. He established the Griese family endowment to benefit t seminarian…

Meet Our Donors -Justice & Heitgen

Harold and Monica Heitgen Clarence and Phyllis Justice Faith and a desire to generously share their blessings were commonalities shared by two South Dakota couples that probably never met, at least in this life. Harold and Monica Heitgen were long-time members of St. Mary, Salem. Monica passed away in 2014, joining Harold who had died…