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Avoid the Frustration

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By Judy Held Here’s an idea for Catholics who may be frustrated by the “Required Minimum Distribution” rules if they have an IRA and are at least age 70 ½ or older: Don’t take the distribution. Instead, have it sent directly to the Church (and/or other favorite charities). That way,…

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Five-Loaf Believers

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by Judy Held I don’t even know Lou Lotz, but he caused a lightbulb moment for me this week. Mr. Lotz writes daily devotionals I sometimes read and he reflected recently on a story from the Gospels that mentions a boy with some food to share. Most of you have…

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Is a Sunset on the Horizon?

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by Judy Held Montanans have been fortunate to enjoy the “Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit” for more than 20 years. This year may be the last year, however, since this generous tax benefit is but temporary and set to sunset at the end of 2019. Our state legislators may extend…

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Yeah, I’m A Believer

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Lots of people are shy when it comes to sharing their giving stories. When a friend commented recently that people like to read about other people, she urged me to share my own story. (“Hey, you’re a donor – tell them what you do!”) At the risk of being awkward,…

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News and Updates From The Catholic Foundation

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On People’s Minds We seem to be answering the same question quite often recently, so thought it might be good to put it in print: Q: Is the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana different than the Diocese? A: Most definitely! The Foundation is a separately-incorporated nonprofit organization in Montana. Founded…

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Guess Who’s Turning 21 This Year?

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Two very notable things happened 21 years ago. First, our oldest daughter was born…and yes, she turns 21 this year. I’m fairly certain she wouldn’t want me writing any more about her in this article, however. But the other notable thing that happened in 1997 is definitely something you need…

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Christ, Cattle and Hay Stacks

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by John T. Patterson, Board Member, Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana. Picture by Mrs. Patterson The count came up one short: #59 was due and so I began my search. We were calvin’ in a thousand acre pasture so she could be anywhere. It was April 6, 2016, a breathtakingly…

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IRA

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John Pankratz is a seminarian who benefits from the Seminarian Education Endowment Fund of the Catholic Foundation of Montana. “I knew that I would never use all of the money in my IRA. I was thrilled to learn that a gift from my IRA could reduce my income taxes this…

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Why Haven’t I Heard of This

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2018 ushered in lots of changes in the tax scene in our country. But do you know what didn’t change? Your opportunity to receive a nice, healthy 40% tax credit in Montana, simply for giving to build the future for the Catholic Church in our diocese! The “Montana Endowment Tax…

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