I visited 20th and Arch in Center City, Philadelphia earlier this week to visit the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia.
Shannon Jordan, their executive director, has put together a great community foundation over the past few years. They’ve reached something like 80 distinct funds, but aren’t yet where they’d like to be in terms of total under management. In sitting down with Shannon, we talked both about growing two existing funds I helped start about two years ago, and also what bigger picture growth for Catholic philanthropy looks like.A component that’s presently lacking is intentional conversation among Catholic families about their charitable philosophy. There’s lots of individual giving from Catholics to charities across the country, but how many intentional or ritual conversations about charitable philosophy is happening among family members.
That’s a component that I hope the Catholic Foundation can start influencing in the year and years to come.