Foundation now accepting grant applications for the Marilyn Brummer Fund

By Michael Morse, Executive Director, Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida.

The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida is pleased to announce that grant applications are now being accepted for the Marilyn Brummer Fund. Ms. Brummer was a devout Catholic and an active parishioner at St. John XXIII Catholic Church in Fort Myers, Florida. She was incredibly generous with her time, her talent, and her treasure in order to make a difference in the lives of others, especially students and the most vulnerable among us.

As a part of her Catholic Legacy, and through a generous gift from her estate, Marilyn created a fund with the Catholic Community Foundation to continue supporting causes which she cared about most, long after she is gone. This year, the CCF will be awarding a total of $60,000 in grants to programs, projects, or entities that are located in, and associated with, the Diocese of Venice in Florida. The program, project or entity must be involved in one of the following areas:

  • Anti-human trafficking assistance
  • Programs that assist single mothers
  • AFCAAM of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Venice, Inc. in Fort Myers

Grant applications must be submitted online and can be found on the Catholic Community Foundation website ( under “Community Grants.”  All applications are due by July 31, 2024. For any questions, please contact the Foundation at or call 941-441-1124.

The Catholic Community Foundation of Southwest Florida began operating in 2004 as an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that works with all the Parishes, Schools and Catholic entities within the Diocese of Venice. The Foundation provides the tools and resources to help Faith-filled donors provide long-term support to the Catholic entities of their choice.  Last year alone, the Foundation distributed more than $3.6 million in support throughout the Diocese and beyond, thanks to the generosity of Catholic donors.

If you would like to learn more about creating your own Catholic Legacy with the Catholic Community Foundation, or if you would like to learn more about other gifting options, please contact Michael Morse at 941-441-1124 or