(Feb. 10, 2012) - Catholic United Financial and its charitable arm, the Catholic United Financial Foundation, are proud to announce the appointment of Robert Heuermann to the position of executive director.
Heuermann will join the Catholic United Financial Foundation with the experience to help grow its donor base to support its charitable activities, and increase its visibility in the Catholic United footprint. His priorities will include the Catholic United Response mobile disaster response team and the volunteers that staff that program, support for Seminarian vocations, and technology and chastity and abstinence education grants for Catholic schools. The Foundation’s activities are funded by charitable giving and estate bequests, which Heuermann will continue to grow.
Catholic United President Michael McGovern said Heuermann is the right candidate to lead the Foundation as it expands in the coming years.
“We’ve reached a point with our mobile disaster response initiative and our volunteer network, that it was important for us to find someone who could lead the Foundation through a period of significant growth,” McGovern said. “Bob has the qualifications and the motivation to take on that challenge.”
Since 2007, Heuermann has led Metropolitan State University on a fundraising and rebranding initiative as Vice President of University Advancement. His work there included improving the perception of the institutional quality, creating a fully integrated marketing plan, and repurposing investment to new media leading to an increase of alumni giving of more than 30 percent in one year.
Growing up in central Illinois, Heuermann was educated in parochial school through 12th grade. He said it has always given him a leg-up.
“I think I found significantly greater opportunities in my future because of the foundation of education I received from the sisters in grade school and the brothers in high school,” Heuermann said.
After high school, Heuermann received a Bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, and completed Master’s coursework at Illinois State University.
Since receiving his degree, Heuermann has held a number of positions focusing on fundraising and courting donors. He says he believes that experience will be a boon at the Foundation.
“Everything I’ve done in the past in terms of skills or technical abilities is easily transferable,” he says. “Encouraging and facilitating estate and planned gifts from people, helping to extend our reach and grow our donor base.”
Pursuing the Foundation’s mission is what drew Heuermann to Catholic United in the first place. What has him most excited about his new job is the Catholic United Response disaster relief program.
“That is an opportunity to directly influence the lives of people who have been touched by traumatic and devastating events,” he says. “This help comes at a time when people need the help of their community more than any other time in their lives. You can really see how the gifts of others make a huge impact with a program like this. I can’t wait to show people what we do and what we’re capable of.”
About Catholic United Financial
Catholic United Financial strives to help every generation of the Catholic community thrive and grow. By being the provider of choice for life insurance and retirement preparation for its 74,000 members, and by giving back to their communities through its 160 local councils, Catholic United has built a relationship with its members stretching back 134 years. Programs that provide matching grants to schools and churches, assistance to members in need, and higher education scholarships for young members have given millions of dollars to communities throughout Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. Based in St. Paul, Minn., Catholic United Financial is a professional friend, helping its members to plan for the future, for every step of every journey, for life.
For more information about Catholic United Financial or its Foundation or Credit Union, call 651-490-0170, 1-800-568-6670 or visit online at www.catholicunitedfinancial.org.
About the Catholic United Financial Foundation
The Catholic United Financial Foundation was formed in 1997 to provide Catholic United members a vehicle for charitable giving. It focuses on three priority areas of giving: providing disaster preparedness and response services through a network of volunteers and a travelling mobile response unit; awarding funds for technology upgrades in Catholic schools and parishes; and promoting chastity and abstinence education programs for young Catholics. The Foundation also administers the Reverend Monsignor Richard J. Schuler Seminarian Charitable Trust, which awards grants to seminarians studying for the priesthood. To fund these priorities, the Foundation relies on the generosity of Catholic United members and their councils. Through these initiatives, the Foundation strives to financially support the spiritual, educational and social needs of Catholic communities throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas.
For more information on the Foundation, call 1-877-275-7145 or visit www.united-we-help.org.