The Steele Family Foundation was established in 2007 by Michael, his father (Thomas Steele), mother (Agnes Steele), and aunt (Elizabeth McLaughlin) with the goal of providing disadvantaged people with education, basic humanitarian services, and community assistance at the grassroots level.


(1922 – 1987) Thomas Steele was born and raised in the East End of London. After a series of personal tragedies, he joined the British Marines at the age of 17 and was injured in combat. He met Mother Teresa while recovering in a Calcutta hospital, and the influence of her work with the “poorest of the poor” lingered with him for the rest of his life.


(May 12, 1924 – September 30, 2008) From her early Scottish decadents, Agnes Elizabeth McLaughlin (Steele), was taught to be a caring and enduring woman. Agnes’s strong Christian beliefs stood by her well for over 80 years as she taught the entire Steele Family the values of being honest, humble and to treat all of God’s children with the care and love they deserve. It was because of her strong Christian beliefs that Agnes requested her entire estate be put to work for the benefit of the less fortunate upon her passing.

Agnes’s commitment to help others is in fact what stimulated the start up of The Steele Family Foundation. Agnes was admired for all her hard work in both her professional life as a financial bursar as well as her work with the local church.


(October 30, 1921 – September 27, 2012) Sister to Agnes Steele and Aunt to Michael Steele, she was another strong believer in giving to those in need. She was an active donor and member in the foundation and we were so pleased to have her with us for the many years we did.