Parishes, Schools & Nonprofits

“Many Catholic leaders find it challenging to give 100% in ministry when they are worried about mission critical funds. At the Catholic Foundation, we desire to reduce that burden by connecting faithful servants with generous Catholics.”

— Angela Moloney, President and CEO, Catholic Foundation of Michigan

Endowments are essential to an organization’s financial viability. An endowment is a permanent fund invested for the benefit of a particular purpose. A parish, school, or nonprofit organization can establish a permanent endowment to benefit their entity with a gift of cash, securities or complex assets.

Benefits of Partnering with the Catholic Foundation

A resource and partner for faithful organizations large and small, the Catholic Foundation is here to help you further your mission today and sustain your faith-filled work for years to come.

DONOR GIVING SERVICES: An extension of your office

We partner with you to help donors who are interested in giving to your organization through using more complex gifts such as real estate and insurance policies. We also work with those with donor advised funds that coordinate one’s charitable giving. The donors make recommendations as to the parishes, schools and organizations they want to support, and the Catholic Foundation handles the administrative and legal requirements on their behalf. Managing investments professionally through the Catholic Foundation provides simplicity and seamlessness for your donors.

  • If your endowment fund is not currently managed by the Catholic Foundation, please contact us to discuss how we can serve you and your organization (including non-profit organizations and archdiocesan ministries), both now and in the future.
  • If you know of a donor who wants to open a fund in support of your organization, please contact us and we will help you to facilitate the gift.
EDUCATION: Coaching your team

There are a number of ways we can help educate your teams.
As a Catholic community foundation, we provide annual training opportunities for our fund partners, staff and leadership.

WORKSHOPS: Cultivating your community
  • The Foundation assists partner organizations in making presentations to parishioners, donors or other leaders. Examples include board of directors, development committee, finance board, stewardship committee, parish council, school parent association, Knights of Columbus, women’s circle, men’s club, and senior groups.
  • Together, we will identify a workshop to meet your community’s needs.

“The Presentation was extremely helpful and informative. It is clear that the Foundation wants to help and work with your organizations.”

-Workshop participant

Benefits of Creating a Fund:
Simplicity and ease

The Catholic Foundation manages the administrative aspects of the fund, and your parish, school or organization simply receives the proceeds. Donors to your organization have the ability to make stock gifts directly to your fund.

Visibility and marketing

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

Integrity of values

The Foundation’s investment committee along with Merrill Lynch’s professional management team ensures all funds are invested in accordance with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops guidelines for socially responsible investments.

Peace of mind

Funds created by the Catholic Foundation of Michigan provide asset protection from potential liabilities. They ensure the specified growth and lasting legacy of our Catholic communities.

While past performance is no guarantee of future results, we are faith-consistent investors with Catholic values and a long track record of superior financial performance. We’ll help you grow your financial stability and maximize the impact of donations entrusted to your organization.

“Having an endowment will help Cabrini Clinic to become strong and vibrant in perpetuity.”

Msgr. Charles Kosanke, Most Holy Trinity Church

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If your organization is interested in a fund to support your work, please contact the Catholic foundation at: or call: 248.204.0332.

What are other parishes, schools and organizations saying about their partnership with the Catholic Foundation?
Read our Partner Stories