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The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan is an independent, separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, fully endorsed by the Diocese of Grand Rapids and the Bishop, Most Reverend David Walkowiak.  This legal structure is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of both religious and lay leaders with a dedicated staff to ensure all gifts and grants are used for their expressed intended purposes.  This structure provides a level of efficiency, accountability, transparency, and impact that earns the respect and confidence of donor-advisors and organizational fund holders, as well as the pastors/parishes, schools and ministries the Foundation serves.


The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan was established in 1995 under the leadership of the ninth bishop of Grand Rapids, Most Reverend Robert Rose.  While the Foundation was initially established to support Catholic education, its reach extends to a variety of ministries throughout West Michigan today. With nearly 200 permanently endowed funds supporting the religious, charitable, and educational works of the diocese, previous and current gifts to the Catholic Foundation sow the seeds of our thriving Catholic community today and for generations to come.

Mission, Vision, and Purpose

Our Mission: 

We inspire and enable generous support for parishes and ministries rooted in the teachings of the Catholic Church to make a lasting impact in our communities and the lives of others.

Our Vision:

We are the heart of Catholic generosity for West Michigan, passionately supporting and sustaining our Christ-centered communities — now and for generations to come.

Our Purpose:

The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to serving both our donors and our Catholic community by facilitating charitable giving to impact and sustain a more caring community reflective of Christ’s love.

Our Logo

Catholic Foundation of West Michigan logo icon in color

Designed to be inclusive, inspiring, and elevated, our logo represents the universal Catholic Church enveloping the Foundation’s five funding priorities, bringing us closer to Christ through generous hearts.  

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