NCR's Named Funds

NCR gratefully acknowledge those special donors who have made significant endowment gifts in support of NCR’s mission.

(FSPA Leadership Team: Sr. Lucy Slinger, Sr. Dawn Kutt,
Sr. Eileen McKenzie, Sr. Karen Kappell, Sr. Sue Ernster)

The Laudato Sí Fund

Because of a deep commitment to support and amplify integral ecological education and journalism reflecting the spirit of Laudato Sí, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have established the Laudato Sí Fund with a $1.5 million gift to NCR’s endowment.

The La Crosse, Wisconsin-based community was among the first supporters of EarthBeat, the project of NCRonline.org launched last year to tell stories of climate crisis, faith and action. The money will assure environmental reporting will be a permanent component of NCR.

FSPA President Sr. Eileen McKenzie, calling on other religious communities and individuals to help match the gift and complete the environmental endowment, said the fund is intended to “wake up the world to the moral urgency surrounding climate change and care for our common home.”

Read the full story here: https://www.ncronline.org/earthbeat/funders.

The Rhoady and Jeanne Marie Lee Endowment for the coverage of Catholic Education and Theology

Having a longtime abiding interest in and commitment to Catholic education and theology, the Jeanne Marie and Rhoady Lee family established this endowment fund in 2013 to enable NCR to provide more coverage of these critical teaching and learning institutions. The fund has helped pay for reporting, features, commentary and book reviews, examining all aspects of Catholic higher education. Jeanne Marie Lee served on the NCR Board of Directors for nine years from 2005-2014.

Tom Bertelsen

The Bertelsen Internship Fund

After Tom Bertelsen joined the NCR Board of Directors in 2010, he asked then publisher Tom Fox what he might do to support the long-term growth of the NCR editorial product. Fox’s response: fund an internship program. Bertelsen quickly offered to set up an endowment fund to support four promising young Catholic journalists each year two every six months. These young writers quickly have become known as “Bertelsen Interns.” Working in the NCR newsroom in Kansas City, Missouri, these interns, working under the tutelage of the NCR Editor, are introduced to all aspects of journalism. Their additions have helped groom NCR’s editorial product as they have brought with them new skills, especially in the areas of electronic journalism, So, too, have they helped shape NCR’s coverage as they have provided fresh young vantages on the church and wider social issues. Bertelsen has served as NCR Board Chair since 2016. He steps down from that position in November 2018.