Maria Anna Brunner Fund

The Maria Anna Brunner Fund was initiated to offer financial support for endeavors that improve the socioeconomic condition of those suffering from poverty; to empower them to take their rightful place in Church and society. The fund was named in honor of our foundress, Mother Maria Anna Brunner, who was exemplary in responding to those in need. Through this fund, the Sisters of the Precious Blood strive to promote just social structures and to counteract the many forms of violence prevalent in the world today. In their allocation of funds, they support approaches that address these needs and encourage collaboration among individuals, groups, and organizations.

Disbursements from the Maria Anna Brunner Fund are made once a year, and at least one Sister of the Precious Blood is directly or indirectly involved with each project approved for funding. In 2011, 70 projects in the United States and around the world were funded. Some of them were located in the following states and countries:

  • California (Redlands, San Bernardino, Chula Vista, San Diego)
  • Illinois (Chicago)
  • Kentucky (Elkhorn City)
  • Louisiana (New Orleans)
  • Michigan (Rosebush, Howell, Flint, Brighton)
  • Ohio (Dayton, Trotwood, Toledo, Cincinnati, Hamilton, Archibold, Cleveland, Celina, West Alexandria)
  • Pennsylvania (Thornton, Byr Nawr)
  • Africa (Tanzania: Itigi Singida)
  • Chile (Santiago)
  • Guatemala (School for Mayan Women, Guatemala City, Barrio Jocotenango)
  • Mexico (Malinalco)

   

Keychains made with cedar medallions, hand-carved by migrants’ children
who learn the traditional local craft of woodcarving from the area’s master
carvers, and whose earnings help them stay in school while migrant parents
are away. Photos by Ellen Calmus.

 

Just as diverse as the locations of the projects supported by the Maria Anna Brunner Fund are the varied needs they respond to. Some of the projects funded enabled outreach agencies to stay open to serve the hungry, illiterate, and homeless, as well as sisters and brothers wanting to improve themselves. Here are a few examples of projects supported by the Maria Anna Brunner Fund:

  • Opening of the Brunner Literacy Center in Trotwood (Dayton, Ohio)
  • Continual funding of the School for Mayan Women in Guatemala and grants for graduates wishing to continue their studies in Guatemala
  • Medical and Social Work response for the homeless and less fortunate
  • Projects to address immigration and human trafficking issues
  • Project in Mexico that enables people to survive without leaving their home country
  • Immersion experiences in Guatemala
  • Peace-making project to counteract violence