Seeding a Legacy of Healing

Seeding a Legacy of Healing

Seeding a Legacy of Healing's goal is to invest, or seed, the funds received when FSPA transferred its partnership with Mayo Clinic into collaboration—into making something good happen. All sisters are eligible to present a Seeding a Legacy of Healing proposal to an internal committee for consideration. When the sisters submitted proposals in 2020, the following criteria was set:

- Four or more sisters determine a project for funding.
- The Franciscan value of “relationship” must be operative.
- Address broad global/national or local concerns.
- Recipient must be a non-profit organization.

To date, Seeding a Legacy of Healing has established relationships with 23 organizations, whose stories we'll tell throughout 2021. The impact is greater than $6 milllion over the next three years. 


Seeding a Legacy of Healing News

The Daily Herald - April 30, 2021
"CADA is a private, nonprofit organization, a Community Action Agency, whose mission is to assist low-income citizens achieve self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. A recently donated $25,000 grant from the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, based in Wisconsin, is helping CADA address those issues. CADA is using the funds to create Project Choices, a program that works with participants to create individual plans to become self-sufficient — wherever the participant is in northeastern North Carolina and in life."

Read "Doing it for their hearts, doing it from God."

School District of La Crosse - April 26, 2021
"Northside Elementary/Coulee Montessori students, the Logan Northside Neighborhood Association, and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration joined forces to seed a legacy of learning and share the benefits of healthy living with the creation of a new school garden. These relationships and this garden began to develop when the reality of food insecurity was identified in La Crosse's northside neighborhoods."

Read "New student-run community garden at Northside/Coulee Montessori."
WKBT News 8000 also shared the story. Watch "New community garden installed at Northside Elementary in La Crosse."

St. Anthony Spirituality Center - March 11, 2021
"Late last year, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in La Crosse gave St. Anthony's a 'Seeding a Legacy of Healing' grant. Their community's generosity funded technology upgrades needed for virtual programming and will support our program development for years to come. The grant will allow us to carry on their legacy of healing and hope along with our mission of providing opportunities for deeper connection with God, Self, Others, and Creation."

Read "An Ocean of Generosity."

People Incorporated - March 3, 2021
"In 2020, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration joined us in this effort by providing a transformational gift that will allow People Incorporated to expand this important work. This gift will support the growth of our Service to Community programming, so essential to community health and wellness, while also supporting training efforts in the areas of cultural understanding and awareness, and the development of career pathways in the mental health field for individuals of diverse backgrounds desiring such."

Read "Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Help People Incorporated Look to the Future."

The Mississippi Link - February 18, 2021
"In November 2018 on their way to the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, for the opening of Sister Thea Bowman's cause for canonization, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Marla Lang, Helen Elsbernd and Eileen McKenzie had a chance encounter with Karla McCullough, the executive director for Juanita Sims Doty Foundation (JSDF). That chance encounter at the airport led to the beginning of a relationship that today has resulted in a $600,000 FSPA investment in JSDF's mission to disrupt the dehumanization cycle and empower black youth."

Read "Spirit of Sister Thea Bowman connects Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and Juanita Sims Doty Foundation" (page 4).


Seeding a Legacy of Healing FAQs

Q. How long is Seeding a Legacy of Healing initiative?
A. FSPA will repeat the Seeding a Legacy of Healing process in 2021, again inviting all sisters to consider their relationships with non-profit organizations and how a Seeding a Legacy of Healing partnership could address a global, national or local concern.

Q. How can my non-profit apply for a Seeding a Legacy of Healing investment?
A. Seeding a Legacy of Healing is not a traditional grant program. It is an internal initiative that allows sisters the chance to build upon existing ministry partnerships they have with non-profit organizations.

Q. Is this FSPA's first effort toward becoming a foundation?
A. FSPA is not a foundation. We have a long-standing tradition of wisely stewarding our resources and investing our means as allowed, time, talent and financial resources, back into global, national and local concerns. The FSPA Ministry Grant program started in 1993 and since then has invited both sisters and our affiliates to make investments into partnering organizations. The Ministry Grant program continues alongside Seeding a Legacy of Healing.

Q. FSPA says Seeding a Legacy of Healing addresses broad global/national or local concerns: is this mostly La Crosse based?
A. The seeds are planted in places that sisters have been ministering. Seeds are planted in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Washington, D.C., Mississippi, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Georgia, North Carolina, Washington, Arizona, Illinois, Africa and Canada.


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