FAQ

What is the Catholic Community Fund? 

How much money is in the Catholic Community Fund? 

Does the Catholic Community Fund make grants? 

Can I leave a bequest to my parish or school through the Catholic Community Fund? 

What is The Legacy Society? 

How do Catholic Community Fund endowment funds work? 

How is the earned income spent? 

If the funds are invested in the Common Investment Fund, don’t they get mixed up with other funds? 

Can the Archdiocese re-direct or use either the principal or the earned income for other purposes?

What happens if the object of the original recipient of the fund ceases to exist? 

What is a Bequest? 

 

What is the Catholic Community Fund?

The Catholic Community Fund is a community foundation whose mission is to help strengthen the Catholic faith in the 144 communities in Eastern Massachusetts that make up the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. While many secular community foundations benefit a geographic region, the Catholic Community Fund benefits Greater Boston’s Catholic community. The Catholic Community Fund fulfills its mission by:

  • Working with Catholic parishes, Catholic schools, and other Catholic ministries to help them meet their long-term and future financial needs through planned gifts
  • Helping donors achieve their charitable and financial goals
  • Seeking permanent endowment funds that support the work of the Church
  • Providing responsible and effective financial management
  • Distributing earnings according to donor intent

How much money is in the Catholic Community Fund? 

The Catholic Community Fund has endowment assets of over $51 million. In addition to endowments, the Fund offers life income arrangements via Charitable Gift Annuities and other giving vehicles.

Does the Catholic Community Fund make grants? 

Yes. In the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, the Catholic Community Fund made grant distributions totaling over $2.26 million from its 85 endowment funds. Most of these grants were donor-directed.

Can I leave a bequest to my parish or school through the Catholic Community Fund? 

Yes. One of the most satisfying aspects of estate planning is leaving a legacy by providing financial support to the charitable organizations closest to your heart. We encourage you to consider remembering your parish, school, or any number of Catholic ministries through the Catholic Community Fund as you prepare your Will or Trust.

What is The Legacy Society? 

The Legacy Society is the Catholic Community Fund’s donor recognition group. You become a member when you notify us that you have named the Catholic Community Fund in your Will, Living Trust, or other testamentary arrangement. You are not required to disclose the amount of your bequest unless you wish to share it with us.

How do Catholic Community Fund endowment funds work? 

Endowments established with the Catholic Community Fund are invested in the Archdiocese of Boston’s Common Investment Fund and overseen by the Catholic Community Fund. The principal (or corpus) of the fund will be invested in keeping with the guidelines of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. On a quarterly basis, 1% of the beginning-of-the-quarter market value of the endowment fund will be distributed for the purpose(s) for which the fund has been established, along with information about investment performance. Any additional earned interest above and beyond that which is distributed (4% total annually) is added back to the principal of the fund, to grow the fund’s corpus. As the corpus of the fund grows, so will the distributable income.

How is the earned income spent? 

The spendable portion of an endowment fund’s earned income – 1% of the beginning-of-the-quarter market value of the endowment fund – is distributed on a quarterly basis to the entity it benefits, to be spent by the entity for the purpose it was established, as directed by the donor. It is then the responsibility of the entity (parish, school, or other) to use the money in accordance with the donor’s wishes.

If the funds are invested in the Common Investment Fund, don’t they get mixed up with other funds? 

No. Individual endowment funds are discretely held in the Archdiocese’s Common Investment Fund, which is managed by the Archdiocesan Investment Committee. Every quarter, the recipient(s) of each fund receive a financial statement of the fund along with a distribution check.

Can the Archdiocese re-direct or use either the principal or the earned income for other purposes? 

No. We are legally bound to use the spendable earned income from the endowment fund for the purpose(s) established by the donor.

What happens if the object of the original recipient of the fund ceases to exist? 

This can happen. When an endowment fund is established with a living donor, the written fund agreement includes a clause on alternative use of distributions. It usually reads: If, in the opinion of the Board of Trustees of CCF, the purposes for which the Fund is established become illegal, impractical, or no longer able to be carried out to meet the intention of the donor, the Board may designate an alternative use for the annual distribution of the Fund, giving consideration to the donor’s special interests as evidenced by the original purpose of the Fund.

What is a Bequest? 

A bequest is a gift of assets (money and/or other property) that is made through a Will, Living Trust, or other testamentary arrangement. No funds are transmitted or irrevocably transferred to the designated charity until after the death of the donor. No estate tax will be owed on the amount of the charitable bequest. The Catholic Community Fund is able to help administer bequests on behalf of the Archbishop of Boston for Catholic organizations that are part of the Archdiocese (e.g., parishes, schools, seminaries, social service agencies).

In 2013, $9.975 million in bequests were made by generous Catholics to 80 parishes, 12 Catholic schools, the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese, the Clergy Retirement Funds, Regina Cleri Residence for Senior Priests, St. John Seminary, and the Propagation of the Faith. Of these 165 bequests, 13 bequests were in the magnitude of $100,000 or more, and 11 of these were bequests to parishes.