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 to announce that the FSC Foundation will resume making annual grants this year, 2016. Christian Brothers Investment Services (CBIS), the Foundation’s primary benefactor, is now able to resume its funding.

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 $5 billion across a broad range of Catholic organizations, including dioceses, schools, hospitals, and religious institutes. Specializing in Catholic Responsible Investingsm (CRI), a distinct investment approach that combines research-driven stock screening with active ownership, CBIS helps Catholic organizations align their investments with Catholic beliefs. Using CRI 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 New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Rome.

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 Charles Kelly, FSC
Chicago, IL

Brother John Montgomery, FSC
Los Angeles, CA

Brother Raymond Papenfuss, CSC
Notre Dame, IN

2017 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, 2017. 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.
  • Foreign Catholic organizations require the sponsorship of a United States Catholic organization and must follow the procedure outlined in the application form.

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, 2017. Decisions referring to each applicant will be sent prior to January 31, 2018. Affirmative decisions will be accompanied by grant funds.

Once again, grants will be limited to $3,000 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 2016

In 2016 the FSC Foundation distributed $149,262 in small assistance units to 52 recipients. Thirty-three were for programs in the United States while 19 were for programs conducted overseas. They are as follows:

  • Education Of Underserved Women, New York, NY
  • Lay Mission-Helpers Educator Support, Los Angeles, CA
  • Educating For Peace In San Jose Villanueva, Miami, FL
  • Readers Are Leaders! Developing A Classroom Of On-Level Readers, Washington, DC
  • Bridging The Communication Gap: Salesian Support For Families Of Spanish Speaking Households, Richmond, CA
  • Leadership Retreats For Survivors Of Human Trafficking, Biddeford, Maine
  • Inclusive Catholic Education Support Program, Kansas City, MO
  • Computer & Culinary Course Expansion For The Frances Schervier Training Center & St. Clare Center-School For Women, New York, NY
  • Comunidad Juan Diego, Bronx, NY
  • Our Lady Of Guadalupe Center: English As A Second Language Classes, Columbus, OH
  • Supporting Struggling Readers, Kansas City, KS
  • Welcoming Our Brothers And Sisters: Support For Refugee Families, Hamden, CT
  • Special Education Resources Project, Crest Hill, IL
  • nglish As A Second Language, San Antonio TX
  • Extended Day Academic Center, New York, NY
  • Technology Upgrades, Browning, MT
  • Bridges To The Future, Syosset, NY
  • Making Technology Accessible At Sisters Academy Of Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
  • Media Center Upgrade, Hammond, IN
  • SEA (Support, Educate And Advocate) For Learning, Redding, CA
  • La Salle Academy Service Learning Project, Philadelphia, PA
  • Charity Care Project, Sylvania, OH
  • Understanding Social Justice Workshop, Chicago, IL
  • Early Intervention Program, Jersey City, NJ
  • Funds To Provide Educational And Skill Building Programs, Chicago, IL
  • St Joseph Day Care, Sunnyside, WA
  • Lasallian Volunteers Recruitment, Washington, DC
  • Connecting Literacy, Citizenship, Economic Self-Sufficiency And Self-Esteem For Immigrant Women, Wyandanch, NY
  • Textbook Replacement For Bedford Hills Correctional Program (BHCP), Tarrytown, NY
  • Saint Patrick High School At-Risk Program, Chicago, IL
  • Reviving Of The Science Laboratory Of Lourdes Catholic School, Nogales, AZ
  • Computer Lab, Chicago, IL
  • Hi-Low Reading Materials To Boost Literacy For Low-Level Readers, Fairbanks, AK
  • Feeding Program For Vunerable School Children at Sacred Heart School-Palotaka, South Sudan
  • Provison Of Text Books For Primary Schools ( Poor And Marginalised School Children In Schools ), South Sudan
  • Dalit (Excluded) And Rural Women Empowerment Program Through Skills Training Leading To Sustainable Income Generation, India
  • Funding For Poor And Underprivileged Students In The Sekondi / Takoradi Metropolis, Ghana
  • Hands Of Care & Hope (Under The Franciscan Missionary Sisters For Africa), Kenya
  • Assistance For Poor Marginalized Children And Adolescent Drug Users From Street / Slum Situation Who Are In Treatment / Rehabilitation, Bangladesh
  • Study Centre And Tutorial Services, Ethiopia
  • Funding For School Furnishings and Teaching Supplies for our Mission Bush Schools, Madagascar
  • Educational Materials, St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Patoli Palabra, Mexico
  • Youth Learning Center, Viet Nam
  • Education And Lodging For Teen Age Blind Boys, Haiti
  • Using Phonics To Develop Language Skills in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda
  • Spiritual Directors Formation Program (SDFP), Tanzania
  • Addis Hope Street Children's Program, Ethiopia
  • Building Materials For The Construction Of One Classroom For DePaul Woodworking Training Program, Kenya
  • Asamblea Familiar Virgilio Davila After School Program, Puerto Rico
  • Safeguarding God's Children Through Child Protection Programs, Cameroon
  • Providing iPads to Special Needs Students, Palestine

The funds for the Foundation come from Christian Brothers Investment Services. Since 1987 the Foundation has distributed $3,184,757 in 1,287 grants selected from among 3,838 applications.

Contact Us

FSC Foundation (Bro. Thomas Hetland, Chair)

1205 Windham Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

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