We are pleased to announce the launch of The Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. In the Spring of 2018, the Diocese of Fall River formally established an independent, charitable foundation responsible for raising, managing and distributing philanthropic funds to provide long-term, sustainable support for the parishes, schools and life-changing ministries across the Diocese. The Foundation comes as a direct outgrowth of a six- month planning process that brought together over forty women and men from across the Diocese, to serve on a task force and seek to discern how a Foundation may help us to fulfill God’s will for REBUILDING the Church in Southeastern, Massachusetts. Their collective efforts resulted in a shared vision to establish this Catholic Foundation to serve and support our community of FAITH in the years ahead. The Foundation will play an active role in advancing the mission of our Church as together we will strive to:
- Grow in our personal, living relationship with Christ, and commit to strengthening our parishes, schools and life-changing ministries;
- Lead the Church to a new experience of holiness and abundant life in Christ; and
- Share God’s love for all people, giving of our time, talent and treasure in a spirit of love for the Lord.
The Foundation is incorporated as a separate 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, fully endorsed by the Diocese and the Bishop, the Most Reverend Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V. This legal structure ensures that all gifts will be used for their intended purposes and provide a level of efficiency, accountability and transparency that will earn the respect and confidence of donors as well as the pastors/parishes, schools and ministries it serves. Pat Carney and Nick Christ are the Co-Directors of the Foundation Board. In addition, Father Marcel Bouchard, George Agostini and Bob Long have also joined our growing Board of Directors.
All stewardship, development functions and fundraising within the Diocese will fall under the purview of the Foundation including the annual Catholic Charities Appeal, as well as planned giving, major gifts, capital gifts and grants. In the not too distant future, we will begin to manage the consolidation of diocesan and parish endowments to leverage investment opportunities and maximize performance.
For more information, please contact:
Miriam Finn Sherman
Chief Executive Officer
The Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts