The Bishop William G. Connare Award recognizes for distinguished service those who have been diocesan stewardship and development officers. It is presented in memory of Bishop William Connare, who provided 15 years of leadership to ICSC as its Episcopal Moderator.
The 2015 Bishop William G. Connare Award is presented to:
Cindi Kaiser Brawner Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin
For more than 20 years, Cindi Kaiser Brawner has been promoting Christian stewardship as a way of life in the Catholic Church throughout the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin. She was hired by Bishop Robert Banks as the director of stewardship and development and then helped establish the Catholic Foundation for the Diocese of Green Bay, Inc. as the founding executive director.
Building relationships with families throughout the diocese has been a passion of Cindi’s. The Being donor-centric and helping steward the wishes of families has been a leading rubric for her throughout her successful career. She helped AWARD RECIPIENTS establish the Catholic Foundation in 1997. Since then the foundation has grown to some 200 funds with managed assets of more than $83 million dollars. Her impact on parishes, Catholic schools and the Diocese of Green Bay has been inspirational. She is currently helping bring awareness to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion, Wisconsin. This peaceful shrine is the only approved Marian apparition site in the United States.
An active parishioner at St.Willebroad Parish in Green Bay, Cindi has volunteered with numerous nonprofit organizations, as well. She has made several presentations at ICSC conferences.
Cindi attended St. Philip’s grade school, St. Joseph Academy, both in Green Bay, and earned her bachelor’s degree in business and public relations from Mount Mary College, Milwaukee. She lives in Green Bay with her husband, David, and her two dogs, Maxine and Arnie. She has two adult daughters.
As a mother, wife, development professional and faith-filled steward, Cindi is a most worthy recipient of this year’s Bishop Connare award.