Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund
A philanthropic response to the COVID-19 crisis
Our parishes and schools make up the vital fabric of our Minnesota Catholic community. Right now, they’re facing unprecedented challenges both financially and operationally. And while some parishes are financially positioned to endure the COVID‑19 crisis, others are not as fortunate.
But we know our Minnesota Catholic community is one of great faith and generosity. Together, we can help.
The Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund (MCRF) is an emergency relief fund designed to contribute to operational stability for Catholic parishes and schools during the COVID‑19 pandemic.
In Partnership With
Most Reverend Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda
“I urge you to continue tithing regularly to your parishes. Then, if you are able, please consider making a contribution to the Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund.
The MCRF provides a beautiful opportunity for us all to be like the Good Samaritan, tending to our neighbors most in need. Through the MCRF, we can steward our charitable resources prudently, collaboratively, and efficiently, helping our parishes and schools financially distressed by the pandemic.“
Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Great, Urgent, and Varied
The needs that have arisen from this crisis are great indeed. They are urgent and varied. They include, but are not limited to…
Decreased Plate Giving
supplemental support to compensate for the decline in parish collections
relief funding to mitigate furloughs and loss of pay or benefits
online streaming services and video conferencing to minister to the lay faithful
deep cleaning services and new technology to enable remote work
Learn more about the need from a recent interview KSTP did with Archbishop Hebda.
Make a Gift
Send a Check
Write a check and send it to the address at the link below. Include “MCRF” in the memo.
Gifts Into the Fund
As of MAY. 27. 2020
Grants Out of the Fund
As of MAY. 27. 2020
For Parishes and Schools
The first round of grantmaking took place in early May. The MCRF awarded grants of approximately $5,000-20,000 to qualifying parishes and schools within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. Parishes with schools submit a single application. Regional schools apply independently.
Catholic parishes (with or without parish schools) and Catholic regional elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis are eligible to apply if they meet the following criteria:
- applied for support from the Payroll Protection Program (PPP)
- taken measures to control spending and boost contributions
- completed a cash flow analysis
- can demonstrate an urgent financial need
- provided updated financial data to the Archdiocesan Economic Task Force
Funding will proceed through a series of grant rounds as funds are available. Those who apply in a round who do not receive funding will be automatically considered in any subsequent round along with new applications. Please be aware that grantmaking in any grant round depends on MCRF fund development progress and the available grant budget for that round.
Round One Timing
- Application deadline: MON. MAY. 04. 2020
- Anticipate decisions to be announced by WED. MAY. 13. 2020
Round Two Timing
- Application deadline: TBA
- Anticipate decision announcement date: TBA
With federal Payroll Protection Program (PPP) loans and the first round of MCRF grantmaking in effect, the MCRF Advisory Committee is now looking ahead and anticipating that future grant rounds will address a new set of challenges that will surely arise as public Masses and ministries re-open. CCF will reach out to pastors and parish business administrators as the next round of grantmaking approaches.
The MCRF Advisory Committee includes religious and lay leaders within our Minnesota Catholic community who have significant insight into the challenges our parishes and schools are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. All advisory committee members also hold considerable financial and grantmaking expertise.
Anne Cullen Miller
Advisory Committee Chair
Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota
Consultant for Education Policy
Former SVP, Community Impact
Greater Twin Cities United Way
Minnesota Council on Foundations
Former Chairman and CEO
G&K Services, Inc
Economic Task Force Member
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
Meg Payne Nelson
Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota
Parish Business Administrator
Catholic Community of St. Odilia
Reverend Ralph Talbot
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, White Bear Lake
Frassati Catholic Academy
Archdiocesan Comprehensive Assignment Board
Estela Villagrán Manancero
Office of Latino Ministry, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis
National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry
Why was the Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund (MCRF) created?
Our parishes and schools make up the vital fabric of our Minnesota Catholic community. Right now, they’re facing unprecedented challenges both financially and operationally. And while some parishes are financially positioned to endure the COVID-19 crisis, others are not as fortunate.
The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota serves at the intersection of philanthropy and need. Since its founding, CCF has worked closely with Catholic individuals and institutions to financially support the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community.
Why is the MCRF held at CCF?
The Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota (CCF) is a veritable leader in Catholic philanthropy and an insightful community partner with proven financial expertise and a mature oversight structure. CCF was founded in 1992 to support financially the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community. As a perpetual steward of charitable assets, CCF is not just prepared for challenging times like these, it was designed for them.
Where does the money go?
CCF will work closely with diocesan, parish, and school leadership, as well as other Catholic funders, to provide an agile response that enables effective impact as needs evolve during the outbreak crisis and recovery.
Should I give to the MCRF instead of my parish?
You should continue your regular and generous support to your parish; most parishes have easy, accessible online giving options to use during this time. However, your additional generosity to the MCRF during this pandemic crisis will help provide emergency relief to parishes and schools with the greatest need.
Are parishes and schools taking advantage of the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)?
After seeking legal counsel, the Archdiocese encouraged all parishes to apply to the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Though the funds were exhausted on THU. APR. 16, Congress plans to replenish the fund.
We believe the support provided by the PPP will fill in a large portion of the gap faced by our parishes and schools. However, funding from the PPP cannot be used for all expenses and the MCRF will be an important part of addressing remaining needs in the short term. The committee will award grants of approximately $5,000-15,000 to qualifying parishes and schools, beginning with those who have the most need.
Who decides where the money goes?
Funding decisions will be made by the MCRF Advisory Committee. The advisory committee includes religious and lay leaders within the Catholic community who have significant insight into the challenges our parishes and schools are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, advisory committee members hold financial and grantmaking expertise.
Should I give to the MCRF instead of CSAF?
The gifts made to the CSAF are as important as ever as they will continue to support the 20 designated ministries that are crucial to this Archdiocese. The CSAF is an annual fund that is dependent on gifts coming in throughout the year to achieve the $9 million goal. The MCRF is a temporary emergency fund that will bridge the gap operationally and financially for parishes and schools in this time of crisis. We ask you to please generously support both causes as they are both so important to our local Church.
How is CCF benefiting from the MCRF?
We’re not. CCF has waived all fees for the MCRF and is providing all fundraising support free of charge. CCF’s mission is to support financially the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our Catholic community. We’re simply fulfilling our role as an important community partner.