A Testimony from a donor to The Foundation

During his first experience at The Catholic Diocese of Arlington WorkCamp program in 2006, Nick Buck saw teenagers living their faith by improving the lives of others in our diocese. Over the course of seven summers, Mr. Buck recalls being emotionally moved as he witnessed scores of life-changing faith experiences in teenagers, residents, and adult leaders. His conclusion: “What a difference we could make if every diocese in the nation followed this formula!”

As the father of two young adults, Nick witnessed teenagers’ spiritual journeys through adolescence. “WorkCamp affords youth time away from distractions, with peers who are asking the same questions about their faith. Seeing Jesus in others can make all the difference. When they finish high school and go on their way in life, it’s these faith experiences that will keep bringing them back to the Church."

As a big picture thinker in the world of business and government, so too is Nick Buck as he talks about his philanthropic vision. To put his giving wish into action, Nick was one of the first donors to establish a Donor Advised Fund (DAF) at The Foundation for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. Discussing his DAF with others, Nick realized that the physical challenges of homelessness and hunger can impede spiritual growth. “It’s hard to maintain your faith in God’s love when you’re sleeping outside and haven’t eaten.”

Confident God was revealing a greater plan, Nick prayed on a name for this Donor Advised Fund and was led to the Archangel Raphael. His DAF is identified as The Raphael Fund because Raphael protects us in our physical and spiritual journey. The Raphael Fund’s charitable intentions include:

  • Ensuring WorkCamp has resources to continue in perpetuity as costs include unplanned materials and contractor expenses
  • Increasing the potential for WorkCamp to attract new youth ministers in our diocese and dioceses throughout the United States
  • Providing shelter for homeless youth within our diocesan boundaries

Nick’s philanthropic interests are to assist youth in their spiritual journey with Christ, providing conditions that enable them to find and fall in love with Christ. This starts with ensuring they have shelter if needed and follows with opportunity to participate in WorkCamp. Nick told us “God has done amazing things for me and I recognize that He does these things through each of us. We truly are His hands and feet. I’m blessed that the Lord would work through me to bring our youth to Him.”

At 50 years young, Nick Buck has discerned his vocation and he is working to enact change during his lifetime. The Raphael Fund provides a way to ensure that even upon his death, his charitable giving will continue. Many of us have areas of interest we wish to benefit into perpetuity. Endowments and Donor Advised Funds can streamline your management of donations as you can contribute now to benefit into the future. As a busy husband, father, volunteer, and business man, a final quote from Mr. Buck sums up his use of time “Thank you for what my DAF does. It really takes a lot of work off my plate and enables me to focus on the mission!”