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:
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:
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:
Board of Directors
Brother Thomas Hetland, FSC
Chairman of the Board
Sister Margaret Dempsey, RSM
Brother Johnathon Emanuelson, FSC
Brother John Montgomery, FSC
Los Angeles, CA
Sister Barbara Nelson, IBVM
Sister Karen Nykiel, OSB
Brother Raymond Papenfuss, CSC
Notre Dame, IN
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:
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
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:
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.
FSC Foundation (Bro. Thomas Hetland, Chair)
1205 Windham Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446