Promoting and Supporting the ministries of the Diocese of Cheyenne
Who We Are
In September of 1994, the Diocesan Finance Council recommended a feasibility study to examine the formation of a foundation for the Diocese of Cheyenne. A committee consisting of, the Moderator of the Curia, the Diocesan Finance Officer, the Diocesan Civil Attorney and the Diocesan Accountant was formed and reported their findings. After considering the report and much discussion, the Diocesan Financial Council and the College of Consultors recommended in 1997 that the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation be formed and the recommendation was accepted.. In March of 1998, the Articles of Incorporation were filed with the Secretary of State and The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation was founded as both a public juridic person in canon law and as a Wyoming nonprofit religious corporation.
What We Do
Today the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation, governed by an independent Board of Directors, which includes Bishop Steven Biegler as its president, promotes and supports the ministries of the Diocese of Cheyenne. This support comes in the form of grants for:
· Catholic Education
· Seminarian Education
· Technology upgrades for parishes and schools
· Clergy Education
· Youth Ministry
· Retired clergy Medicare supplement assistance
· Diocesan administration
· Elderly housing assistance
· Hispanic Ministry
· Continuing education for parish staff
· Parish loans for capital projects
· Religious Education programs
· Anti-bullying programs in Catholic schools
· Other Catholic ministries not originated in parishes
In addition, the WCMF manages a charitable gift annuity program that allows donors to generate a stream of current income for themselves while benefitting Catholic ministries in the Diocese for years into the future. The WCMF also manages investments for Catholic parishes and schools using sophisticated investment management tools and ensuring that investments meet the guidelines established by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops for support of Catholic social doctrine.
The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation operates for the purpose of supporting the religious, charitable, ministerial, and educational programs of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Cheyenne, as expressed in the teachings, the canon law, and the customs and practices of the Catholic Church. The WCMF provides acceptance, investment management, and distribution of gifts and other assets entrusted to its care by the generous benefactors of the Church.
Board of Directors
Bishop Steven Biegler
Bishop Steven attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and St. Mary College in Winona, Minn., from 1986-89 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. From 1989-1993, he attended the North American College in Rome where he received an STB or Bachelor of Sacred Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. He was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Rapid City at Holy Cross Church in his hometown of Timber Lake, South Dakota on July 9, 1993. Bishop Steven served as Assistant Vicar General for the Diocese of Rapid City and Pastor of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, South Dakota before being ordained 9th Bishop of Cheyenne on June 5, 2017.
Matthew Potter, CFA, CIMA
Matt serves as Executive Director of the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation, and Director of Development and Stewardship for the Diocese of Cheyenne. Before coming to work for the Diocese of Cheyenne in February 2010, Matt spent 23 years in the investment business, the last ten as owner of an investment advisory and consulting firm in Cheyenne. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Investment Management Analyst. Matt’s primary responsibilities with the Diocese are in the areas of fundraising, stewardship, and investment management.
Mike Lovelett, CPA
Mike is a former Managing Director of the Lovelett, Skogan and Associates firm. He has completed both the AICPA’s CPA Ambassador Program and the GOvernmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting and Auditing Certificates of Educationsal Achievement Program. He currently is serving on the Board of the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation. Mike is actively involved in the Kiwanis Club of Casper where he served for twelve years as Treasurer and Secretary Treasurer, and also served on various committees and the Board of Directors. In 1999 the Kiwanis Club awarded Mike the Hixon award in recognition of his distinguished service as well as the Legion of Honor. In 1998 Mike was named Small Business Advocate of the Year for both Wyoming and Region VIII by the U.S. Small Business Administration (the SBA). His military career consists of five years in the United States Air Force, where he received the Airman’s Medal for valor, one year in the Reserves, and one year in the Wyoming Air National Guard. He enjoys travel, golf, motorcycles, reading, computers, long walks and spending quality time with his wife of over forty-seven years, four children, nine grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
Rock Springs, WY
Jack Adams earned his Bachelor of Science in Statistics with an emphasis in Management and Finance from the University of Wyoming. He spent 15 years with Peter Kiewit & Sons Black Butte Coal Company in a variety of Administration, Supervisory, and Management positions. Jack also worked for 20 years as the Sweetwater County School District #1 Director of Business and Finance. Jack’s community service has included several community boards such as the Rock Springs Police Civil Service Commission, the Sweetwater County School Dsitrict #1 Board of Trustees, the Holy Spirit Catholic Community School Board and Parish Council, and the Wyoming Government Investment Fund Board of Directors. Jack currently serves on the Holy Spirit Catholic Community Finance Council.
Deacon Harry Flavin, CFA, MBA
Harry was the top analyst for Merrill Lynch for more than 20 years. He left Merrill Lynch to start a mutual fund which he built to $1.5 billion in assets before he retired. He is currently a principal with Matterhorn Capital Management, LLC, a money manager based in San Antonio. Harry has an MBA from the Wharton School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Harry was ordained a Deacon in the Diocese of Cheyenne on May 15th, 2012.
William N. Willingham
President and CEO of WYHY Federal Credit Union, a $160 million Credit Union, since 1992. Bill is responsible for ensuring the financial stability of the Credit Union as well as providing general control of all financial and operational activities of the Credit Union, all with the best interest of the members and the employees. Bill has a BS in business /management from Chapman University, Orange, California and Cheyenne, Wyoming. Bill is very active in the local Knights of Columbus council, Boy Scouts Review Board and many national, regional and local credit union boards.
Stuart and his wife Susie operated a ranch camp for youth in Jackson Hole for many years. He co-founded the Latino Resource Center in Jackson in 2000 and was the business manager (1994-1997) for Our Lady of the Mountains parish in Jackson, serving as Co-Campaign Chair at the time the new church was being built. He is deeply involved in Rotary International and is a past president of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole and past District Governor of District 5440. He has served on the Board of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole where he was actively involved in the grants committee, completing his 9 year term on the board as Past-Chair. Stuart is active in the Knights of Columbus as well.
Mary Kugler is the Assistant Director of Wyoming Child and Family Development, located in Casper, Wyoming. Mary has devoted her career to education, beginning as an elementary school teacher at Tongue River Elementary in Ranchester. She has had various positions with Wyoming Child and Family Development since 1993.
Mary has a Masters of Education – Program Management and is involved in a wide variety of community activities including; St. Anthony’s Catholic Church Finance Committee, Governor’s Early Intervention Council, Tonkin Foundation Board Member, Early Childhood Collaboration Team, Wyoming Early Childhood Association, and Wyoming Head Start State Association Board.
Esther McGann, CFP, MBA
Esther McGann is a Certified Financial Planner. An MBA and major and planned giving officer at the University of Wyoming Foundation for fifteen years, she opened her practice in 1999. She is a member of the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, the Financial Planning Association, and the Southeast Wyoming Estate Planning Council. Her master of business administration degree is from the University of Wyoming.
Licensed to practice law in 1978 (over 30 years of experience). Practice Areas: Criminal Defense; Personal Injury; Land Use and Easements. Education: Graduate of University of Wyoming College of Law; Graduate of University of Wyoming (English) B.A. cum laude. Work History: Private Practice – Torrington, Wyoming (2 years); Wyoming Attorney General’s Office (9 years); United States Attorney’s Office (5 years); Wyoming Attorney General (3 years); Founding member of Gay Woodhouse Law Office, P.C.; Senior Partner in Woodhouse Roden, LLC. Memberships: Wyoming State Bar; Wyoming Bar Commissioner; Wyoming State Bar Vice President; Wyoming State Bar President-Elect; Wyoming State Bar President; Laramie County Bar Association; Court Reorganization Committee; Domestic Violence Elimination Council; Southeast Wyoming Mental Health Center Board; Pathfinder, Inc. Board; Prevent Child Abuse Board of Directors; SAFE Harbor, a Children’s Justice Center Board of Directors; Laramie County Commissioner; Rotary of Cheyenne; High Noon Toastmasters.
Contact Matt Potter, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY! THE SUCCESS OF YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE IN PART DETERMINED BY YOUR ADHERENCE TO THESE REQUIREMENTS.
The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation (WCMF), hereby known as The Foundation, aims for accessibility, objectivity, fairness and professionalism in all of its dealings with its constituents. The Foundation can distribute grants only to qualified public entities, parishes or 501(c)(3) charities. The Foundation neither lends nor grants money to individuals or political organizations. Grant requests on this form must be for $5000 or more.
Grants are made in three areas: Educational, Charitable and Religious (Ministry, Parish infrastructure, Parish Mission Support). Foundation grants are to provide funding assistance where a need exists in the Diocese of Cheyenne, only. Project or activity must be aligned with the mission and key initiatives of The Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation and the Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Cheyenne (Wyoming). A set amount of funds will be available each quarter for all grants to be considered on a competitive basis. (Separately, parish loans may be considered, but such requests must be directed specifically to the Executive Director of the WCMF).
The Foundation looks for one or more of the following conditions in a proposal:
Foundation support would be vital to a proposed project’s success.
A collaborative network exists that multiplies the impact of the grant, for example a school foundation.
Sustainability – The proposed project is likely to continue and expand after the grant period/becoming self-supporting.
The proposal is innovative and efficient in its use of funds.
Expenses are reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups.
The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services.
The project promotes better human relationships and a sense of community.
The project helps fulfill the mission of your organization.
The project will be given six months from the award date for all sources of project funds to be accumulated before WCMF grant funds are distribute to the recipient organization. Should all other component sources of funding not be secured within the six month period, the grant will be rejected. However, reapplication will be considered for a future competitive grant cycle.
A Final Report must be filed with WCMF within 3 months of the completion of the project being funded by a WCMF grant or loan.
An on-site visit by the Executive Director of the WCMF may be required before an award is made.
Grants are not made to or for purposes of:
Annual fund-raising events or drives;
Professional conferences, symposia or attendance at seminars or meetings;
Organizations not supported or endorsed by the Catholic Church or not serving an identifiable Catholic population;
Endowments or Individuals;
Funding more than one year of a program’s costs (no multi-year grants);
Operating costs, unless related to a new initiative or program;
Paying salaries or payroll taxes;
Reimbursement of expenses.
Applications are processed four (4) times a year, but may be submitted at any time. Deadlines for grant applications through 2017 are:
ALL GRANTS MUST BE SUBMITTED USING THE ONLINE FORM OR THEY WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED
Please use this PDF as a worksheet for your reference only. The Foundation will no longer accept paper or PDF applications.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm Mountain Standard Time on the previously listed dates for consideration during the quarterly grant period applied for. Applications received after that deadline will be not be considered. Applications must be completed in accordance with this form and submitted ONLY through the Wyoming Catholic Ministries Foundation website, including all attachments. Incomplete applications will be returned to you for completion. Please do not contact WCMF Board members about your application. Rather, direct all questions to the staff of The Foundation. A detailed project budget shall be prepared by an individual sufficiently knowledgeable of the intended project. Applicants for funding will be notified and a decision made about their application within 10 days of the Board’s regular meeting, which occurs after the Grant Committee meeting.
Organizations not specifically recognized as Catholic must attach written support from an active parish pastor within the Diocese of Cheyenne.
Diocesan applications and applications by clergy for continuing education shall be accompanied by a letter of support from the Bishop of Cheyenne, his successor or equivalent in canon law.
Parish applications shall be accompanied by a letter of support from the pastor of the parish.
Non-parish applications shall be accompanied by a letter signed by the applicant which testifies that grant awards will only be used for purposes that do not conflict with Catholic values. Any question concerning Catholic values and their relevance to this application will be decided by the WCMF Executive Director.
School technology grants must be accompanied by a technology plan & a training component, or explanation why none is needed.