Minnesota Catholic Relief Fund

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.

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 and schools financially distressed by the pandemic.

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…

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

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

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

Learn more about the need from a recent interview KSTP did with Archbishop Hebda.

Make a Gift

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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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$1,292,721

Gifts Into the Fund
As of MAY. 27. 2020

$649,400

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.

Eligibility

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

Process

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.

Click here to download the grant application.

 

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

What’s Next?

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.

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 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.

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 Manager
651-389-0882
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