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PARISHES, SCHOOLS, AND MINISTRIES

Overview

We partner with Catholic parishes, schools, and organizations to meet the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our community. We provide investment expertise, shared faith, and helpful support – furthering their missions today and sustaining your faith-filled work for years to come.

Support for the Long Term

The Catholic Foundation can help you create long-term sustainability for your school or parish, whether you have an existing endowment or are considering starting one.

Endowments are a type of fund that provide a source of annual income to an organization forever, creating a guaranteed sum of money year after year. As an endowment grows, a percentage of the fund’s balance is disbursed each year. This type of fund provides a reliable source of support — forever.

Catholic Ministries

41 Endowed Funds for Catholic Ministries.

  • Faith formation
  • Social service
  • Religious vocations
  • And more

Parishes

38 Endowed Funds for Parishes across the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

Catholic School Education

144 Endowed Funds for Catholic School Education benefiting both parish schools and high schools.

Endowment Benefits for Parishes and Schools

  1. Creates an ongoing source of income
  2. Enhances stability and prestige
  3. Relieves pressure on offertory / the annual fund
  4. Builds pipeline of future gifts
  5. Encourages greater dimension of stewardship

Foundation Services to Support Parish and School Endowments

  • Professional support for planned giving
  • Endowment Fund administration
  • Donor Advised Fund administration
  • Grant administration
  • Financial and investment reporting
  • Donor newsletter and information
  • Charitable giving and legacy planning workshops
  • Facilitation of non-cash assets

Why Partner with the Catholic Foundation? We're Invested in Your Success

Simply put, we’re invested in your success.

Simplicity & Ease

The Catholic Foundation manages the administrative aspects of the fund; the beneficiary simply receives the proceeds.

Shared Values & Investment Expertise

Our investments are managed by a professional, experienced team to maximize returns according to the USCCB and MCC guidelines for socially-responsible investing. By pooling assets, we gain access to top managers and exclusive asset classes while driving down costs for our partners.

Visibility & Marketing

The Foundation promotes your fund through the Catholic Foundation’s annual report, newsletters, website and donor portal.

Helpful Support

We believe your financial success means a stronger faith community for all of us. We can be a resource to you and your supporters, helping your mission thrive.

Peace of Mind

As an independent 501(c)(3) organization, the Catholic Foundation’s funds are protected from potential liabilities. Our structure ensures the specified growth and lasting legacy of our Catholic communities.

Resources for Parishes and Schools

Ministry Funds

  • Catholic Charities of West Michigan
  • Knights of Columbus
  • St. Ann’s Home
  • God’s Kitchen
  • Diocese of Grand Rapids
  • Our Shepherds – Our Future, Inc.
  • Pere Marquette Catholic Cemetery
  • Missionary Sisters of the Holy Family

Contact us today to create a custom plan to promote and grow your fund.