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Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri

Plan with heart. Invest for good.

Saint Louis, MO   |  www.rcfstl.org

Mission

Inspiring giving and connecting donors to Catholic ministries, sustaining the local Church for future generations.

Ruling year info

2014

President & CEO

Mr. Joe Bestgen

Main address

425 North New Ballas Road, Suite 200

Saint Louis, MO 63141 USA

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EIN

46-3309222

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Catholics in Eastern Missouri give generously to local parishes, schools and ministries through current gifts such as weekly offertory and the Annual Catholic Appeal. This support is important to sustain the day-to-day operations of these organizations. However, the Catholic parishes, schools and ministries of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have critical need for strategic planning and long-term financial support to ensure they can continue to serve as vibrant sources of faith and service for future generations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Beyond Sunday Education Initiatives

To increase access to Catholic education for middle-income families, while working to strengthen Catholic schools’ academic capacity and management systems to ensure their quality and competitiveness for all families in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Assists families and donors by connecting them with their philanthropic interests. Strengthen and equip archdiocesan ministries, with expertise and support for attracting gifts. And collaborate with Catholic leaders and development professionals to maximize their efforts.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of donor-advised funds

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Planned Giving

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of endowments

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Planned Giving

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Beyond Sunday Education Initiatives

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The Beyond Sunday school grants program ended in 2020.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since its establishment in 2013, the Roman Catholic Foundation has worked to inspire giving and connect donors to Catholic ministries, sustaining the local Church for future generations.

The planned gifts that donors create with the help of the Foundation allow them to make a significant impact on the Catholic parishes, schools and ministries they hold dear by providing the permanent financial support, and thereby stability, the organizations need to effectively carry out their missions over the long-term. This level of stability ensures that individuals and families will continue to receive the excellent pastoral care, social services and education that Catholic organizations offer.

We advance our mission by:
• Helping donors identify their giving goals and maximize the impact of their gifts on Catholic ministries
• Stewarding all gifts according to Catholic principles
• Partnering with parishes, schools and ministries to establish endowed funds and educate Catholic individuals and families in planned giving and related concepts, creating a culture of planned giving in the Archdiocese of St. Louis
• Distributing scholarships and grants to enhance access to high-quality Catholic education for low- and middle-income families

As an independent 501(c)(3) public charity, the Foundation is legally separate from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Our active and engaged Board of Trustees, comprised entirely of Catholics, provides oversight to the Foundation's knowledgeable and dedicated staff.

To ensure that every aspect of our mission supports Catholic values, our investment consultant conducts moral and social screening of all investments according to the guidelines set forth by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

We are also provide an online donor account portal to expedite distributions to benefiting organizations and provide donors online access to their giving histories.

In 2015, the Foundation led the Beyond Sunday campaign, a fundraising initiative to invest in our parish communities and transform Catholic education. Beyond Sunday surpassed its $100 million goal in 2017, with pledges totaling over $110 million. As a result of this campaign, an endowment fund has been established that will support students attending Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and parishes have benefited from funds raised to support their local needs. Over 180 organizations have benefitted from the campaign, and thousands of current and future students will receive the benefits of a Catholic education.

We continue to open new funds and grow our assets under management to expand our reach and impact and we have continued to grow our outreach programs to Catholics. In 2017 the Foundation held its first-ever seminar on end-of-life issues from a Catholic perspective. We have offered this event regularly, in addition to our annual Planned Giving Symposium and other events designed to educate and engage Catholics about planned giving issues. In 2021, we also established the St. Martha Giving Circle, an organization for women to come together to impact our community through their combined giving efforts.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri

Board of directors
as of 02/29/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr Donald Ross


Board co-chair

Mrs Nancy Ross

Buzz Eckelkamp

Tina Eckelkamp

Niall Gannon

Stephen Notestine

Connie Notestine

Timothy Sansone

Susan Sansone

James Shaughnessy

Karen Shaughnessy

David Snively

Diane Snively

Michael Walsh

Daniel Charles

Mary Charles

Grant Dino

Tiffany Dino

Matt Witte

Gina Witte

Castor Armesto

Michelle Armesto

Don Ross

Nancy Ross

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski

Bishop Mark Rivituso

Nancy Werner

Jennifer Hempstead

Gerard Hempstead

Father Chris Martin

Jerry Keeven

Lesa Keeven

Mike Conoyer

Carol Conoyer

Mark Guyol

Joan Guyol

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No