The mission and purpose of the Alive in Hope Foundation is to provide for the long-term needs of parishes, schools, and special ministries through the creation and support of endowment funds in the Diocese of Brooklyn. In an interview with FLiP, John Notaro, Director of Operations and Programs for the foundation, provides insights into his daily roles and responsibilities and shares his background, beliefs, and vision.
How did you come to work for the Alive in Hope Foundation?
I grew up surrounded by the Church. Throughout my childhood, I worked closely with the people that were pillars of the community. I had positive role models leading a life of service. I was especially molded by my involvement in the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel feast in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where I still volunteer today.
As my own personal interest increased, I learned how much work is involved in running church programs. I believe that a proper balance of “Time, Talent, and Treasure” is vital to making our efforts successful. I have long strived to assist in sustaining the great programs and opportunities that the church provides for the community by pulling together the many necessary resources it takes. Fundraising is one of those difficult resources, but is a necessary one to secure our ability to help those in need. Because of my many volunteering efforts in the Diocese of Brooklyn and strong faith, the roads I travelled in my life led me here to fulfill the mission of the Catholic Church.
What is the mission of the Alive in Hope Foundation?
The foundation’s mission and purpose is to provide for the long-term needs of parishes, schools, and special ministries through the creation and support of endowment funds in the Diocese of Brooklyn. It provides grant support to specific ministries through eight permanent endowments. These core endowments, created by the faithful of Brooklyn and Queens, support efforts, including:
• Catholic education and schools;
• Religious education and evangelization;
• Formation of laity;
• Priestly and religious vocations;
• Retired senior priests;
• Continuing clergy education;
• Migration affairs; and,
• Health and social services.
What is your role as the Director of Operations and Programs? What is a day like?
My main responsibility is making sure that we, as the Foundation staff, are stewarding the resources we receive from our constituents.
My typical day is spent speaking with our constituents, reviewing grant requests from our parishes and schools, and working to allocate money for programs that will help our diocesan entities be self-sustaining.
What drives you to do the work you do?
I live and breathe the mission of the Catholic Church. My heart is with the community. It’s a dual passion for me – passion for the community and for my faith.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Continuing to grow and meet the needs of the people we are serving in Brooklyn and Queens. I want to ensure we are still a leader in addressing the challenges of our faith community.