The Catholic Foundation Grants over $13.3 Million!

This past fiscal year, The Catholic Foundation recently celebrated another year of impact. In the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2020, the Foundation distributed over 2,300 grants and $13.3 million.

Through the Responsive Grant cycle alone, The Catholic Foundation provided funding to help programs impacting over 250,000 individuals in the Diocese of Columbus. Additionally, The Catholic Foundation created the Catholic Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in response to the global pandemic in March of 2020. This fund provides immediate and flexible assistance to parishes within the Diocese of Columbus, that are receiving financial requests from parishioners due to the spread of COVID-19 and also provides financial assistance to food pantries sponsored by the Diocese of Columbus. 100% of donations go towards helping our Catholic parish families and individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Dan Kurth, VP of Grants and Community Impact said, “Due to the pandemic our granting process has been very different this year. When the lock-down started taking full effect, we knew that we had to create a response to help get money into the hands of those families and individuals who needed it most. The Catholic Foundation created the Catholic Emergency Response Fund (CERF), seeded it with $250,000 of our own money, and then began distributing the money out to food pantries and parishes within our Diocese with the highest need.” Including the initial $250,000 seed gift, $700,000 has been given to the fund and over $533,000 has been granted to 13 food pantries and 40 parishes. “I am very proud of the Foundation’s response to the pandemic; being flexible, responsible, and responsive in the face of the virus illustrates what The Catholic Foundation’s mission is all about.” said Kurth.

As one of the oldest and largest Catholic foundations in the country, The Catholic Foundation has distributed nearly $150 million in the Diocese since 1985. Look for more details on the impact of the Foundation in the upcoming Annual Report.

For more information regarding our granting please visit our Grants Page.