Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund

Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund

A philanthropic response to community crises

PANDEMIC RELIEF

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, our parishes and schools face unprecedented challenges both financially and operationally. And while some parishes are financially positioned to endure the COVID‑19 crisis, others are not as fortunate.

Our parish and school staff are working to creatively adapt ministries and thoughtfully develop safety protocols.

Grantmaking from this emergency relief fund will contribute to operational stability for Catholic parishes and schools during the COVID‑19 pandemic.

Neighbors in Need

In response to recent turmoil and unrest in our community initiated by the unjust death of George Floyd, the Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund (MCRF) now provides an opportunity to support our neighbors in need.

Many people are experiencing displacement and distress, having lost their homes and sense of security. And, many have lost access to pharmacies and grocery stores with few alternatives.

Grantmaking from this fund will go to parishes and nonprofits providing direct support to those in need.

Most Reverend Archbishop Bernard Hebda

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, schools, and communities endure this time of crisis.”

Most Reverend Bernard A. Hebda
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

 

The Need

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…

Pandemic Relief

Ministry Adaptation
online streaming services and video conferencing to minister to the lay faithful

Safety Measures
deep cleaning services and new technology to enable remote work

Employee Support
relief funding to mitigate furloughs and loss of pay or benefits

Decreased Plate Giving
supplemental support to compensate for the decline in parish collections

Neighbors In Need

Safe Housing
secure and stable shelter for those displaced by recent property destruction

Groceries and Basic Supplies
food, diapers, personal hygiene, and over-the-counter medicines

Medical Care
access to pharmacies for prescription medications and clinics for healthcare

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Write a check and send it to the address at the link below. Include either “Pandemic” or “Neighbors” in the memo.

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Stock
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Instructions

Donor Advised Fund
Advise a grant from your CCF donor advised fund to the MCRF.

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QCDs
Donate by making a Qualified Charitable Deduction (QCD) from your IRA.

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Other
We accept many other types of assets, too, like real estate or personal items.

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$1,476,477

Gifts Into the Fund
As of AUG. 05. 2020

$439,000

Grants Out of the
Pandemic Relief Fund
As of AUG. 05. 2020

$303,400

Grants Out of the
Neighbors in Need Fund
As of AUG. 05. 2020

Grantmaking

Pandemic Relief

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.

The MCRF Advisory Committee is looking ahead and anticipating that future grant rounds will address a new set of challenges as public Masses and ministries re-open.

CCF will reach out to pastors and parish business administrators as the next round of grantmaking approaches.

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Neighbors in Need

The MCRF Advisory Committee, with insight from the Archdiocese, will identify nonprofits, parishes, and schools in the neighborhoods most affected by the recent turmoil and unrest in our community. These neighborhood organizations will then employ grant dollars in service of individuals and families with the greatest need.

Stay tuned for more information on timeline and distribution.

Advisory Committee

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

President
Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota

Frank Forsberg
Consultant for Education Policy

Former SVP, Community Impact
Greater Twin Cities United Way

Board Member
Minnesota Council on Foundations

Doug Milroy
Former Chairman and CEO
G&K Services, Inc

Economic Task Force Member
Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

Meg Payne Nelson
Program Officer
Catholic Community Foundation of Minnesota

Jeanne Schaaf
Parish Business Administrator
Catholic Community of St. Odilia

Reverend Ralph Talbot
Pastor
St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, White Bear Lake

Moderator
Frassati Catholic Academy

Executive Director
Presbyteral Council

Member
Archdiocesan Comprehensive Assignment Board

Estela Villagrán Manancero
Director
Office of Latino Ministry, Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

President
National Catholic Association of Diocesan Directors for Hispanic Ministry

FAQs

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, many of our parishes are helping the individuals and families in their communities to meet their basic needs: housing, food, transportation, and medical costs.

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 our community’s 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 time of crisis will help provide emergency relief to parishes, schools, and communities 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, schools, and communities are facing. 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.

Have Questions?

Get In Touch

Anne Cullen Miller, MBA
President
651-389-0881
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Christopher D. Nelson, J.D.
Vice President of Development & Donor Engagement
651-389-0874
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Meg Payne Nelson
Program Officer
651-389-0882
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