A permanent endowment is a fund designated to provide stable, ongoing financial support to your parish, school or organization – forever. The principal is legally protected and grows through prudent investing. And, each year, you have the option to receive your endowment distribution or reinvest it.

Any individual or institution can establish an endowment fund with the Catholic Foundation. If you have a special purpose for starting an endowment, a fund can be tailored to fit your personal charitable interests. Establishing an endowment for your organization will help finance its future ministries with resources that support, enhance, or expand the services they provide to serve the needs of our Catholic community, such as school or parish endowments.

Once your fund is established, our team will partner with you to help educate your donors and provide digital and print tools to help market your fund. The fund grows with planned gifts over time, increasing its impact on your ministry.

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Benefits of Creating an Endowment


    • Tax Efficient: Avoid capital gains taxes on long-term, highly appreciated assets
    • Name Your Charity: Designate to the charitable organization of your choice, or leave your contribution unrestricted to serve the greatest need
    • Local Expertise: The Foundation prudently manages the fund and distributes income
    • Legacy Planning: Ability to fund at death with an estate gift or designation in a will
    • Catholic Values: Invested in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops guidelines for socially Responsible Investments


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Existing Endowment Fund Stories

The Catholic Foundation is honored to support and sustain the future of Catholic parishes, schools and ministries within Michigan.
Learn more about our partners and how endowment funds are helping create a lasting impact by reading their stories.


Frank Morelli Legacy Fund: A Beacon of Light Empowering Youth at Camp Ozanam

In a world where simple acts of kindness and generosity can be like beams of God's light, some people shine ...

Scholarship donors, Archbishop present grants to southwest Detroit students

_____________ Author: Dan Meloy Republished with permission from Detroit Catholic $1.1M in scholarships from generous donors granted to 450 students ...

Preserving a Legacy of Holiness, Beauty: St. Paul on the Lake Creates Historic Preservation Fund

Click Here to Give to the St. Paul Historic Preservation Fund A devastating fire. Raging storms. Two worldwide pandemics ...

St. Moses the Black Food Pantry is a lifeline for hundreds of families

The excerpt below is part of an article titled, “A Heart of Service” written by Kate Lochner and originally published ...

Generosity Motivated by Hope

Most Holy Trinity (MHT) Catholic School is a Christ-centered community for PK-8 grade dedicated to furthering the religious, academic, social ...

Investing in Young Leaders at St. Albert the Great

“As we respond to what the Archbishop is asking of us in the Unleash the Gospel movement, we have to ...

Parish Endowment Offers Perpetual Blessing to the Community

Corpus Christi Catholic Community in Detroit is a diverse, vibrant parish that attracts worshippers from across the Archdiocese. “The manifestation of ...


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