The Fraternal Department at NCSF works to maintain a strong and productive relationship between our local courts and the Home Office. We encourage court officers to contact the Fraternal Department with their questions or concerns.
We also seek to assist members, their courts and their communities with a wide variety of activities and programs. If the program or activity requires forms to be completed, those can be printed from the links below, filled out and returned to the Fraternal Department.
Hearts and Hands:
This is the cornerstone program of NCSF fraternal and beneficial outreach. When local court raise funds with a pre-approved activity for a parish, Catholic school, religious education program, community needs, or an individual family experiencing financial difficulty, NCSF will match the funds raised up to $1,500 per year. It is one way NCSF gives back to our members and their communities.
Junior Activity Assistance Program:
NCSF values our younger members and encourages local courts to offer volunteer service projects and fun activities for the junior members in their area. NCSF will help the local court defray expenses by providing a stipend based on the number of junior members attending. Guests are welcome at all junior events.
Join Hands Day:
Join Hands Day is a national day of volunteering held the first Saturday in May that brings youth and adults together to improve their community. NCSF supports this activity and will reimburse a court for part of their expenses involved in whatever project they select. It is very powerful when fraternal organizations "join hands" with other service organizations bringing adults and youth together for the betterment of their community.
National Project - Alzheimer’s Support:
Courts may hold fundraiser events for their local Alzheimer’s Chapter or caregiver organization at any time during the year, just remember to submit an Alzheimer’s Summary Form (below) to the Home Office. Funds raised help support those with Alzheimer’s disease; NCSF requests that the money raised be used for programs which provide education for professionals and caregivers as well as funds for care centers.
Members have the opportunity to apply for College Scholarships, In-College Scholarships and Occupational Training Scholarships.
Continuing Education Grant:
Are you a beneficial member interested in learning a new skill like how to use a computer, social media, cooking or a new language? Do you have an interest in photography, ceramics, or other hobby? Then the Continuing Education Grant is for you!
Deadline for the Continuing Education Grant is May 31. Members aged 26 and older who have met eligibility requirements can apply for one of ten (10) grants that will award up to $250 each for any credit or non-credit course offered at a local community college, park district, senior center, or other approved institution, including instructor required supplies! That means if the course is $190 and required supplies cost $50, the grant will cover the entire $240 expense.
Catholic Education Grant Programs:
The Society offers its members grants for Catholic Preschool, Catholic Grade School, Catholic High School, Catholic Grade School and Religious Education Programs (CCD).
The Religious Life Education Fund, or ReLiEF for short, is just that – financial relief for those dedicating their lives to Our Lord. This program not only helps us as a Society to achieve one of the purposes of the Society listed in our Constitution, "further the progress of the Catholic Church", this program also allows us to personally help the amazing men and women in our own communities to realize their calling! In this way we can all become instruments of God's Will, and serve those who serve us. Members' diocesan association can name a seminarian in your diocese or an individual (man or woman) in your parish who is studying for religious life training.
An NCSF court consists of a minimum of 25 adult members. A minimum of five of these members must be beneficial members. Acting court officers (President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Treasurer) are elected annually in March. The regular term of office will begin immediately after the court officer elections. Please contact the Fraternal Department for additional information on starting a court.
Adult Service Opportunities:
Many courts will regularly perform volunteer service within their community. This gives our members an opportunity to express their faith in service of others. "The Son of Man came, not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many" (MT 20, 28). Everyone is invited to join our courts as they live our faith.
Fraternalist of the Year:
This award gives NCSF the chance to recognize a member who has given notable service to our organization and their community during the past year. Each court can nominate one of their members for outstanding service. All the nominees deserve our respect and appreciation. The Fraternalist of the Year will be selected by independent judges outside of NCSF, and their information will be forwarded to the National Fraternal Congress of America for consideration as the National Fraternalist of the Year. Please fill out the form below and return it to the Court Relations office. Deadline for submission is May 15.
ScriptSave® Prescription Drug Discount Card:
All members of NCSF are eligible to receive a ScriptSave® card at no cost. This card provides prescription drug discounts at over 60,000 participating pharmacies nationwide. The ScriptSave® prescription savings program can save you money on your prescription medications as well as your entire family … even your pets! You can save on vision needs too. Click on the link below to learn more about this great program and find out how you can start saving today. Contact the Fraternal Department if you need assistance signing up.
Communication Grant Program:
Communication Grants are available to Diocese within the states we are licensed in. The Grants are meant to assist with communicating the Catholic faith throughout each Diocesan area utilizing any available media or social network. NCSF has dedicated its efforts to helping Catholic families through financial, spiritual and educational programs since 1891. We also list as one of our main purposes in our Constitution, to "further the progress of the Catholic Church". We feel these grants serve both goals, and we welcome applications for this unique opportunity to benefit members of your diocese.
Additional Fraternal Benefits
Additional benefits available through NCSF membership include contests for adults and children, membership awards, newborn child and orphan benefit programs, and accelerated death benefits.
For additional information on any of these programs please contact:
NCSF Fraternal Department
320 S. School St
Mount Prospect IL 60056