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, NY

Brother Johnathon Emanuelson, FSC
Chicago, IL

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

2020 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, 2020. 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, 2020. Decisions referring to each applicant will be sent prior to January 31, 2021. 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 2019.

In 2019 the FSC Foundation distributed $138,075 in small assistance units to 52 recipients. Twenty-four were for programs in the United States while 28 were for programs conducted overseas. They are as follows:

  • Prince of Peace classroom project - Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • School furniture project for 300 orphans and needy pupils of Bukulula Boys primary School- Kalungu, Uganda
  • Purchase of two plastic water tanks for the vulnerable children of St Barnabas Mugwanya Primary School- Luvule Parish- Masaka, Uganda
  • Socio-economic empowerment of disadvantaged young widows of Tongaren Parish, Kenya,
  • Procuring 400 Holy Bibles for religious and moral formation of 650 students of St. Charles Lwanga Senior Secondary Kasasa (Uganda-East Africa), Kampala, Kalungu, Uganda
  • Colegio San Antonio- offering our young students a positive first Catholic school experience- Amityville, NY, USA
  • Construction of a two-classroom block building to facilitate education of disadvantaged children of St. Mary Immaculate Villa Maria Primary School. Kampala, Uganda
  • Purchase of textbooks for St. Christopher Primary School. Fort Portal, Uganda
  • St. Joseph's Hill biology and chemistry laboratory chemicals and equipment-Uganda
  • Polish language courses for immigrants- Warsaw, Polland
  • Caring for Needy Children Program- New York, NY, USA
  • Assistance for poor marginalized children and adolescent drug users from street situation who are in treatment or rehabilitation- Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Solar system for deaf community- Kampala, Central Uganda
  • Expanding science education in rural India
  • Support for educational development- Takoradi, Western Region, Ghana
  • St. Julie Mission: pump water system- Kampala, Uganda
  • Furnishing of three science laboratories in St. Xavier School- Tamil Nadu, India
  • Mame Elisabeth Kindergarten - Dakar, Senegal
  • Purchase of ten modern sewing machines for Bishop Stensera Vocational Training College Bwanda for skill training among the needy youth in Bwanda and Villa Maria- Masaka, Villa Maria, Uganda
  • Primary education in rural missions, St. Matia Mulumba Kiganda Parish, Uganda
  • Construction of the health center at Kitandililo Village- Njombe Region, Imiliwaha, Tanzania
  • Improving the quality of education through a library in Doba, Chad
  • Marie Poussepin Center for comprehensive formation of poor students from Guaimaca Villages in Honduras
  • Ensuring Lasallian Education access to females in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and South Africa
  • Textbook expansion, on behalf of implementation partner Cooperative for Education in Guatemala
  • Purchase of vocational skill learning equipment- Kampala, Uganda
  • La Escuelita del Batey (The Little School of the Batey)- Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Preschool, Molineux- St. Kitts, West Indies
  • Family reunification and life skills workshops- Amityville, NY, USA
  • Bridges to the Future- Syosset, NY, USA
  • New elementary math curriculum for Annunciation Catholic School- Denver, Colorado USA
  • Strawberry Creek project- Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Expanding Horizons - Westchester, IL, USA
  • Lasallian retreat- Plano, IL, USA
  • Reading enhancement project, Providence, RI, USA
  • Technology support- Orlando, FL, USA
  • Adaptive physical education equipment- Jersey City, NJ, USA
  • Graduate support program- Freeport, NY, USA
  • Educate to Empower- Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Career development program- increasing computer skills for better employment opportunities- Wyandanch, NY, USA
  • Professional ABC's: Advice Beyond the Classroom- Chicago, IL, USA
  • Lasallian Volunteers recruitment- Washington, DC, USA
  • Plant-Grow-Give- Brooklyn, NY, USA
  • Chromebooks to support English literacy- Tulsa, OK, USA
  • Instructional services - Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Small class ESL instruction / expanded computer class instruction- Chicago, IL, USA
  • Balanced Literacy Initiative Program- Victoria, TX, USA
  • Refugee child care training and business development program- Cedar Rapids, IA, USA
  • Archbishop Damiano School community garden path- Westville, NJ, USA
  • College Ready, Today!- Washington, DC, USA
  • Reading and math instructional materials to support the high achievement of all students-Bellevue, WA, USA
  • Urban immersion retreat- The Webs We Weave - Chicago, IL, USA

The funds for the Foundation come from Christian Brothers Investment Services. Since 1987 the Foundation has distributed $3,671,755 in 1,465 grants selected from among 4,143 applications.

Contact Us

FSC Foundation (Bro. Thomas Hetland, Chair)

1205 Windham Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446

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