Thank you for your interest in supporting aspirants to the priesthood and religious life. The generosity of donors like you help men and women eliminate a substantial financial obstacle to entering religious life or priestly formation: student debt.
The MEFV is a 501(c)3 which raises money to issue grants to assist qualified applicants. Almost all funds come from the Catholic faithful; we do not make requests to our applicants or grant recipients to actively help us with raising funds. In addition, a couple of private foundations have provided significant gifts which they have earmarked to help us grow our donor base so that we will be able to help make more vocations possible.
Your gift directly benefits the Kingdom of God by making it possible for more men and women to answer the Lord’s call to serve others.
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Thank you for your support of faithful men and women seeking to answer God’s call to the priesthood or religious life. Through your generosity, vocations are able to flourish and nurture the Church.
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How are grant decisions made?
In January, the MEFV board of directors meets to review the previous year’s financial performance. They then decide how much new annual cost should be authorized for the issuance of new grants. To understand this, it is helpful to know that when considering the issuance of a grant, the MEFV considers the annual cost of the grant. That is, the amount of money we will have to raise each year to make the necessary payments to keep a grant recipient’s student loans current.
In February, the MEFV application review board meets. They have been provided with a summary of every application and the authorized amount of new annual grant cost. They choose which applicants will receive grants that year.
How do we know that the orders we help are faithful?
In brief, we rely first on two organizations of religious life which we trust: Institute on Religious Life (IRL) or a member of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). If the order is not covered by either the IRL or CMSWR, we rely on our own religious institute review board which meets once a year just prior to the meeting of the application review board.
How are a grant recipient's loans paid?
The MEFV makes no lump sum payments. We begin making the minimum monthly payments required by a grant recipient’s lenders when he begins formation. We continue making monthly payments until the grant recipient makes final vows and then we begin accelerating payments (as needed) so that the recipient’s debt will be fully paid by the 5th anniversary of his final vows. If at anytime the grant recipient leaves formation, we immediately stop loan payments.
Can I restrict my gift for the benefit of someone in particular?
If you desire that your gift be tax-deductible, you cannot restrict your gift for the benefit of an individual. This policy is required by IRS rules concerning tax-deductible gifts. We are happy to receive gifts restricted to individuals if you indicate that you do not intend to take a tax-deduction for the gift.
Can I restrict my gift for the benefit of a particular order?
Yes, you may restrict your gift for the benefit of any order approved for participation in the MEFV’s grant programs. Just let us know when you make the gift which order you wish it to benefit. We will then use those funds only to pay grants made to individuals who enter that order.
Can I restrict my gift for the benefit of a particular diocese?
Unfortunately, no. We do not provide grants to men in formation for the diocesan priesthood. While many of our grants are helping men who will be serving as priests in parishes, their superiors have the authority to assign them wherever the order has parishes. We cannot predict where that will be.