February 11, 2017

FADICA Honors Three Catholic Philanthropists with Awards: McCarthy Kostlan, Smith, and Duffy to Receive Recognition for Exemplary Contribution to the Church

Santa Monica, CA – Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) recognized three Catholic philanthropists with distinguished awards at its 2017 Annual Membership Meeting and Symposium in Santa Monica February 9 – 11.

The honorees include Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation (Los Angeles) and Robert A. Smith, III of the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation (Los Angeles) who received the Charles Carroll Award in Catholic Philanthropy, and Sr. Sally Duffy, SC of SC Ministry Foundation (Cincinnati) who received the inaugural St. Katharine Drexel Award. The awards recognize outstanding and exemplary contributions to Catholic philanthropy and the Church.

“FADICA is thrilled to recognize these esteemed Catholic philanthropists and celebrate their acts of charity and justice. Through their generosity and philanthropic leadership, they have supported a vital Church and promoted the common good. We are filled with gratitude and inspiration as we honor these innovative, creative, and generous Catholic philanthropic leaders at our 2017 annual meeting,” said FADICA’s incoming board chair, Dr. Maria “Mona” Robinson of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities.

Named for the only Roman Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Charles Carroll Award is conferred upon individuals or organizations that demonstrate moral integrity, spiritual commitment to Catholic values and principles, and extraordinary service through charitable giving and who, like Carroll, has contributed greatly to the nation and the Church.

Kathleen McCarthy Kostlan is the Chair of the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation based in Los Angeles, and a leading Catholic philanthropist. Kathleen has played a vital role in Los Angeles, and her Catholic philanthropic leadership is significant in California and beyond. Kathleen has carried forward her parent’s legacy through the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation, significantly impacting and sustaining Catholic organizations for a vital Church and the common good, including educational and medical institutions, especially in southern California. McCarthy Kostlan serves as a trustee of the University of Southern California and several community and charitable boards.

Robert A. Smith, III is the President of the Carrie Estelle Doheny Foundation and a longtime FADICA member. Under his leadership, the Doheny Foundation has advanced community-based initiatives to help low-income families. Smith serves on the Board of Directors of Homeboy Industries, which empowers at-risk and former gang-involved youth to become contributing community members. Smith also serves on the Board of Proyecto Pastoral at Dolores Mission serving the East Los Angeles Community and on the Board of the Catholic Education Foundation serving Los Angeles’ inner city Catholic Schools. Smith’s leadership support to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Church ministries, both as a funder and a board member, is cherished in the Los Angeles region.

FADICA presented the inaugural St. Katharine Drexel Award, named after only the second recognized American-born saint and patron saint of philanthropy, in honor of a Catholic philanthropist for exemplary and outstanding contributions to philanthropy on behalf of the Church and the common good. St. Katharine Drexel was especially dedicated to the material and spiritual well-being of African Americans and Native Americans, and devoted her life and a fortune of 20 million dollars to the service of the oppressed.

Sr. Sally Duffy, SC is president and executive director of SC Ministry Foundation, a public grantmaking organization that promotes the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and is based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Sr. Sally is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati. Like St. Katharine Drexel, Sr. Sally has dedicated all of her professional career to bringing not only financial resources but her own personal involvement and leadership to support a vital Catholic Church and social justice. A beacon of leadership and generosity in Cincinnati and the national level, including as chair of the Board of FADICA over the last four years, Sr. Sally has provided strategic guidance and spiritual leadership to critical initiatives serving the most vulnerable, including immigrants and children in poverty.

The three awardees were recognized at FADICA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Symposium, a gathering of over 100 national Catholic philanthropists and leaders. The symposium’s theme is focused on a vital Church, Catholic social entrepreneurism, and the next generation in Catholic philanthropy.

For any questions, please contact Loretta Dees at 202-223-3550 or ldees@fadica.org.