Parish Life Fund

In some cases, placing funds into a permanent endowment may not be the best option for parish leadership. However, having a fund available for larger needs that may occur outside of budget planning would be beneficial. For these situations, we recommend a Parish Life Fund.


  • Earns a market rate of return.
  • Pastor manages the fund and can request two (2) distributions per year.
  • Funds can be distributed until the corpus is depleted.
  • Donors can direct to one of 5 designated uses within the fund: Sacramental, Education and Formation, Facility, Ministry, General (non-designated).

Details to Consider

  • $10,000 minimum initial investment.
  • Comprised of new donations from supporters.
  • Use must always honor donor intent (the designated use chosen at time of donation).

How We Assist

The Catholic Foundation will:

  • Work with donor to define purpose of the gift (Sacramental, Education and Formation, Facility, Ministry or General/non-designated).
  • Work with beneficiary to communicate areas of need to potential donors.
  • Draft contracts and manage Fund establishment (if new).
  • Facilitate calculation and distribution of bi-annual distribution to beneficiary.
  • Report to donor on fund performance and use of distributions from the Fund.

To learn more about supporting your parish through a Parish Life Fund, please complete our Legacy Form.