FSC Foundation

The FSC Foundation provides financial support for programs that help the educationally disadvantaged.

About FSC Foundation

The De La Salle Christian Brothers are delighted that the FSC Foundation was able to resume making annual grants in 2016. Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS) remains the Foundation’s primary benefactor.

The Foundation is grateful to CBIS for its generous support.

The FSC Foundation (A title taken from the three first letters of Fratres Scholarum Christianarum - Brothers of the Christian Schools) was established by seven provinces of the De La Salle Christian Brothers in the United States together with Manhattan College (N.Y.). Resources of the Foundation are provided by CBIS – the company has committed, since its founding, a significant portion of its profits to be used to support and advance educational services for the poor, especially victims of systemic injustice.

About Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS)
CBIS is a global investment management firm that has been a trusted partner for Catholic institutions and their consultants worldwide for more than three decades. The firm manages more than $7 billion across a broad range of Catholic organizations, including dioceses, schools, hospitals, and religious institutes. Specializing in Catholic Responsible InvestingSM, a distinct investment approach that combines research-driven stock screening with active ownership, CBIS helps Catholic organizations align their investments with Catholic beliefs. Using Catholic Responsible InvestingSM as an overlay, CBIS actively blends complementary institutional managers to sub-advise its diverse investment strategies. CBIS is a Registered Investment Advisor owned by the De La Salle Christian Brothers in the United States and the Center of the Institute in Rome. CBIS has offices in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Rome, and Madrid.

The FSC Foundation invites proposals to initiate and/or support educational projects which will serve the poor, the handicapped, and others victimized by society. It hopes that ultimately such projects will become self-reliant and their participants will be enabled to help themselves.

This is the principal goal of the foundation. It represents yet another effort to continue and expand the three-hundred-year-old Lasallian tradition of serving the poor through education, extending the caring vision of St. John Baptist De La Salle into the future.

Funding Approval Criteria
Through a clear, concise and objective presentation the application should show how the project:

  • Reflects the philosophy and objectives of the FSC Foundation.
  • Can achieve the specific goals and objectives envisioned in the service(s) to be offered.
  • Evidences the need for financial support while it documents requests from other funding sources.
  • Explains that there is an administrative or organizational structure, adequate for the success of the project.
  • Involves the project’s participants in planning and implementing it.
  • Includes the possibility of replication by other individuals or groups.
  • Attempts to network with other fitting agencies, groups, businesses, etc., in the delivery of services.
  • Will expand the Grant funds being requested and describe briefly its methods of financial record keeping and reporting.
  • Envisions the time frame for initiation and duration of services, and the process of evaluating its success in achieving stated goals.

Philosophy and Objectives
The FSC Foundation has been established to promote and support educational services directed to the poor and disadvantaged.

The FSC Foundation seeks to discover and support "new and adapted forms of education for those poor who are most neglected."

The FSC Foundation hopes to encourage and energize through financial assistance organizations which wish to accept the challenge to assist the poor and marginalized in our societies by providing effective educational services for them.

Project Parameter Guidelines
The FSC Foundation will support educational activities, projects and services that attempt to respond creatively to the needs of these poor and/or handicapped in the following ways:

  • Structured educational training centers, such as schools, community service centers, vocational training centers, etc.
  • Alternative educational services such as training for independent living, counseling and personal support services, family training and employment skills training, etc.
  • Making small grants not to exceed $3,000.
  • Making grants to help projects get started.

The FSC Foundation will accept proposals from organizations that are in accordance with its philosophy and objectives, and that are in compliance with its guidelines. The FSC Foundation will not consider:

  • Making grants for ongoing salaries, and administrative expenses, tuition scholarships or endowments
  • A proposal for a project that received FSC Foundation funding within the past three years
  • Multiple proposals from the same organization within the same year. Applicants are asked to limit themselves to one proposal per year.
  • Proposals for capital campaigns

Board of Directors
Brother Thomas Hetland, FSC
Chairman of the Board
Romeoville, IL

Sister Margaret Dempsey, RSM
Brooklyn, New York

Brother John Montgomery, FSC
Los Angeles, CA

Sister Barbara Nelson, IBVM
Wheaton, IL

Sister Karen Nykiel, OSB
Lisle, IL

Brother Raymond Papenfuss, CSC
Notre Dame, IN

2019 Welcome Letter

Dear Applicant,
Through the continuing generosity of Christian Brothers Investment Services, the FSC Foundation is again able to invite applications for its Foundation Grants Program. Although the Foundation's funding is limited, the impact of the many grants made since its beginning has been very significant.

The FSC Foundation makes grants only to Roman Catholic organizations and primarily to those who are clients of Christian Brothers Investment Services.

In addition to the guidelines stated in the "About Us" section of our website applicants will adhere to the following:

  • Proposals must have an educational orientation.
  • Proposals must be submitted by August 31, 2019. NO PROPOSALS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.
  • The FSC Grant Application Form is an on-line form and must be used to apply for funding. Please limit your application to the space provided on the form. There is no way to submit additional supplementary material and it will not be reviewed.
  • It is necessary for a Foreign Catholic applicant to secure a United States Catholic organization to act as its fiscal agent and follow the procedure outlined in the application form. The fiscal agent must be listed in the Official Catholic Directory of the United States.

We suggest that when writing your application you first download the fillable-form Word document on the website, enter your text into the Word document, and then copy and paste entries to the on-line application. This is a safeguard in case there is an error in the on-line submitting process. You will have all your information in a saved Word document as a backup and will not need to retype everything.

Board decisions will be made in November, 2019. Decisions referring to each applicant will be sent prior to January 31, 2020. Affirmative decisions will be accompanied by grant funds.

Grants will be limited to $4,000 or less. Applicants are urged to specify the exact amount requested and to indicate the specific use of the funding.

Brother Thomas Hetland, FSC Chairman, Board of Directors
Brother Thomas Hetland, FSC Chairman, Board of Directors

Grants by the FSC Foundation in 2018.

In 2018 the FSC Foundation distributed $153,955 in small assistance units to 53 recipients. Thirty were for programs in the United States while 24 were for programs conducted overseas. They are as follows:

  • Science Lab Equipment Purchase at San Miguel School - Providence, RI USA
  • Water harvesting project at St. Luke Buyinjayinja Nursery and Primary School - Uganda
  • Construction of a classroom building to facilitate the education of AIDS Orphans and vulnerable children of Christ The King Junior School - Uganda
  • Purchase of Sewing Machines and training Materials to Empower Vulnerable people - Uganda
  • Knitting equipment empowerment program through skills training leading to sustainable income generation project. - Uganda
  • Expanding Education for at-risk Khasi Tribal Youth in Rural Northeast India
  • Purchasing computer sets for pupils at St. Aloysius Bukalagi Primary School. - Uganda
  • Hangar soap-production-training of single mothers in camp for Burundian refugees - Nyaruguse Tanzania
  • Assistance For Poor Marginalized Children & Adolescent Drug Users Who Are In Treatment/ Rehabilitation - Dhaka Bangladesh
  • One-to-One Program Holy Trinity High School - Chicago, IL USA
  • Mexico Mission at Casa Franciscana Little Falls, MN USA
  • Educational Materials for Children whose parents have died out of HIV/AIDS and school children living with HIV/AIDS. - Mbinga, Tanzania
  • Holy Cross Skills Training Center – Takoradi Ghana
  • Teacher resources and textbooks for Br. Augusto Memorial Primary School - Kit, South Sudan
  • English Opens Doors - Passaic Neighborhood Center for Women - Passaic, NJ USA
  • Sensory Equipment - St Joseph’s School for the Blind - Jersey City, NJ USA
  • At-Risk Program – St. Patrick High School - Chicago, IL USA
  • Computers for supplemental education program serving disadvantaged children – Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - Guatemala
  • Chrome Books at St. Francis of Assisi School - Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Provide newer and reliable technology for students from developing nations - Assumption College for Sisters - Denville, NJ USA
  • Notre Dame Senior Secondary School A-Level Textbooks and Furnishings - Thousand Oaks, CA USA
  • Famine and Village School Project – Franciscan Sisters of the Poor - New York, NY USA
  • Everyday Math Online Subscriptions - St. Angela School - Chicago, IL USA
  • Textbook Expansion - Church of the Incarnation - Guatemala
  • The Graduate Experience - San Miguel School - Washington, DC USA
  • El Otro Lado Border Immersion Program San Miguel High School - Tucson, AZ USA
  • One-to-One Technology - San Miguel School - Tulsa, OK USA
  • Offering Hope & Opportunity through Adult English Education – Catherine McAuley Center - Cedar Rapids, IA USA
  • Educational Training and Peace-Building Among Intertribal Children – Lasalle International Foundation - Papua New Guinea
  • Visual Aids equipments and learning facilities to facilitate the AIDS orphans and needy children of Woodland Junior School - Uganda
  • Tree planting Project to facilitate the education and care of disadvantaged children of Makondo Parish in Masaka Diocese - Uganda
  • St. Catherine of Siena After School Program and Annual Summer Camp - Amityville, NY USA
  • Materials to support orphan children living with HIV - Kiyogawale Formation Center - Uganda
  • Furniture and education materials for Ecole St. Chretienne Kiwanja - Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Rainwater harvesting for both domestic use and crop production in Bubaare Primary School - Uganda
  • Learning Materials for Don Bosco Vocational Training Center - Bombo, Uganda
  • Support for orphan children whose parents have died out of HIV/AIDS – Catholic Parish of Mpepo - Mbinga, Tanzania
  • Marianist Urban Students Program - St. Louis, MO USA
  • University Bound Program – St. John Baptiste High School - New York, NY USA
  • Education and construction for peace - Dignidad y Solidaridad A.C. - Mexico City, Mexico
  • Caring for Needy Children - Catholic Near East Welfare Association - New York, NY USA
  • Classroom IPAD Distribution Project – St. Malachy School - Chicago, IL USA
  • Purchase of computers for St. John’s Vocational Institute - Lukaya,Uganda
  • Renovation of Catechetical Parish hall used for the Teaching of religious education to disadvantaged and parentless Children of Bukulula Parish in Masaka Diocese. - Uganda
  • Solar Power Project at Christ The King Bulinda Secondary School - Bulinda, Uganda
  • Solar Power Project at Mary Immaculate Education Complex - Uganda
  • School computer project - Catholic Parish of Mpepo - Mbinga Tanzania
  • Financial Assistance for Maintenance of orphan Children – Our Lady of Good Health Home for Children - Dindigul, India
  • Bridges to the Future – MercyFirst - Syosset, NY USA
  • Black History Month Student Art Exhibit – Good Shepherd Arts Center - Ferguson, MO USA
  • El Otro Lado El Paso – Cathedral High School - El Paso, TX USA
  • Parent Engagement and Education - Mercy Home for Children - Brooklyn, NY USA
  • Adult Service Learning Retreat – Brother David Darst Center - Chicago, IL USA 54. Educator Support - St. Joseph the Worker Program – Sisters of St. Joseph - Orange, CA USA

The funds for the Foundation come from Christian Brothers Investment Services. Since 1987 the Foundation has distributed $3,533,680 in 1,413 grants selected from among 4,022 applications.

Contact Us

FSC Foundation (Bro. Thomas Hetland, Chair)

1205 Windham Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

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