The Catholic Foundation

The Catholic Foundation was formed in 1991 as one of the fruits of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. The Catholic Foundation is dedicated to moving hearts and touching lives.

Inspired by faith – and the vision of a stronger, more vibrant future for the Catholic Church – The Catholic Foundation was formed in 1991 as one of the fruits of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan. Since its inception, the Catholic Foundation has built over $36 million in endowment assets, which have generated over $11.5 million in grants and other distributions to help carry out God’s work. The Catholic Foundation works with clergy and lay leaders to identify critical issues and needs, and channel Foundation grants to programs that create the greatest impact. Through its grants, The Catholic Foundation provides food and clothing for the poor, makes Catholic education affordable for families in need, supports vocations, supplements the needs of retired priests, encourages the spiritual formation of youngsters, and brings loving care to the home bound elderly. You see people in need all around you and wonder, “What can I do to help?” You want to know that whatever money you give will be invested well and used wisely. And you want to be sure that your gifts will really help the people who need it most. The Catholic Foundation is a great solution. Giving to the endowments allows you to spread your charitable dollars across many organizations and needs. And, you can rest assured that your charitable wishes will always be honored.

Mission: Moving hearts and touching lives, connecting those who care with those in need. This is the grace of stewardship, this is the Catholic Foundation.

Check out this great local magazine that is supporting the many COVID fundraisers here in NM, including our 2020 Emergency Catholic Community Fund. Thank you Local Flavor Magazine for putting our ad in this wonderful magazine and setting up a link to our donation page. #GivingTuesdayNow #weareinthistogether #Catholicfoundation

Our May issue exclusively online. Retelling food stories from 2012-2015, stories that take you back to a time of greater clarity and simplicity that we hope will bring a smile. And sharing current food stories from charitable organizations trying to meet the challenge of feeding and sheltering the most vulnerable among us.

#enduringmedia #atasteoflifeinnewmexico #passionateaboutpeoplewhoarepassionateaboutfood

Help your parish, Catholic school, and community organization by donating to our 2020 Emergency Catholic Community Fund. 100% of your donation will go directly to helping those most in need during this COVID-19 crisis. Click this link to donate today:
#iGiveCatholic #Weareinthistogether #Catholiccares #Catholicfoundations

Join the Albuquerque Community Foundation as they remember the beautiful Jennifer Riordan and (for the first time) light up the "In the Garden of Sharing" mural painted in her memory.
We will be hosting a "flash-drive" parade, starting at 7:00 pm and ending with a recognition of our healthcare heroes and first responders at 8:00pm. The Jennifer Riordan Foundation

Join us as we remember the beautiful Jennifer Riordan and (for the first time) light up the "In the Garden of Sharing" mural painted in her memory.

We will be hosting a "flash-drive" parade, starting at 7:00 pm and ending with a recognition of our healthcare heroes and first responders at 8:00pm. The Jennifer Riordan Foundation 🧡💜💛


#abq #albuquerque #celebrateabq #covid19 #heroes #flashdrive #acf #community #inthegardenofsharing #kindlovingcaringsharing #supportlocal

With our world being turned topsy turvey due to the COVID-19 virus, our Catholic Schools have really had to step up and step out to a new way of educating the students. Recognize those educators who have gone that extra mile to make sure their students can continue to learn during these challenging times. Show your appreciation of your favorite licensed teacher or specialist (coach, librarian, counselor, etc.) by nominating them for our 2020 Catholic Award for Teachers. -


Grant Deadline is Monday, April 20th! Please review the updates to the grant application submission process. Remember, late or incomplete proposals cannot be accepted. Please call or email Michele if you have any questions or concerns. 505-872-2901 or [email protected] -

We have established the 2020 Emergency Community Fund to serve those parishes, schools and Catholic organizations who are facing financial distress due to the COVID-19 crisis. Donate today and help those who are most vulnerable during this crisis. -

We will be closed tomorrow in observance of Good Friday. Have a great Easter weekend. Be well, be safe, and God bless.

US Bishops announce national prayer for Good Friday - Vatican News The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) calls for a national moment of prayer on Good Friday, inviting Catholics to join together in ...

The Easter Triduum With Dan Schutte | National Catholic Reporter

Yesterday the National Catholic Reporter published a very special series which is all the more powerful during these challenging times. Composer and NCR board member Dan Schutte created a virtual celebration for Easter Triduum to help us be in communion, even though we are physically separated. You can find Dan's Easter Tridumm here: #Eastersunday #Eastercelebration #stayhome #Catholicchurch Composer and NCR board member Dan Schutte created a virtual liturgical celebration of the Triduum for this exceptional year. Visit this page for liturgies for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil. For more information, visit Dan's website.

GRANT PROPOSAL SUBMISSION UPDATE! Please read the attachment or visit our website The Grant Proposal Deadline is 2 Weeks Away! The grant proposal submission deadline is April 20, 2020. Late submissions will not be accepted. Contact Michele at 505-872-2901 if you have any questions. She is always happy to help.-

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Dear Friends of The Catholic Foundation,

As the program manager, I have visited many sites across the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The people, the communities and the work that is being done is God's greatest gift. I am always telling our grantees about how blessed I am to work in an organization where we touch lives everyday.

We are all in this together and The Catholic Foundation is here to help and support in anyway we can. Grant deadlines are Monday, April 20th. If you need assistance or have some questions please contact me: [email protected] or visit our website at: I am here to help.

Thank you for everything you are doing in these challenging times of seclusion. God bless each of you.

With Gratitude,
Michele Benavidez

"Where flowers bloom so does hope." ~ Lady Bird Johnson

Please share this with your neighbors and friends who do not have a computer or access to the internet. God Bless.

This Holy Week
HOME Is the Holy Place

Stay home, practice social distancing.
Together, we can save lives.

Archbishop John C. Wester Reminds the Faithful El Santuario de Chimayó / Tomé Hill Pilgrimages Are Cancelled Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

ALBUQUERQUE – Tuesday, March 31, 2020–IMMEDIATE RELEASE— The Archdiocese of Santa Fe continues to abide by New Mexico’s Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham’s March 11, 2020 Executive Order 2020-004 and amendments declaring a state of public health emergency as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. As such, El Santuario de Chimayó and the Tomé Hill group pilgrimages were cancelled on March 16, 2020.

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, along with Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and our Christian brothers and sisters, encourage all people of good faith to participate in the campaign, “This Holy Week, HOME Is the Holy Place.”

Archbishop John C. Wester said:

In unity with all Christians, we call on the faithful to make HOME the Holy Place for the sake of all families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As St. Joseph made decisions to keep the Holy Family safe, this Holy Week and Easter season, we invite you to make the decision to make your HOME the Holy Place.

We mourn the loss of life from COVID-19 and pray for those who are alone and hospitalized. Join us in keeping families safe and make HOME the Holy Place this Holy Week and Easter Season. Stay home, by practicing social distancing. Together, we can save lives.

Please know the cancelling of the pilgrimages to our most sacred sites was a very difficult decision made with a great sense of sadness. Archbishop Wester, in collaboration with Reverend Julio Gonzalez, SF, Holy Family Parish | El Santuario de Chimayó pastor and civil authorities made it out of an abundance of caution due to the gravity of our current situation. El Santuario de Chimayó will be closed Holy Thursday through Easter Monday (April 9-13, 2020). Please note El Santuario’s grounds, chapels and restrooms will be closed. Individual pilgrims are discouraged from visiting the sacred site for the safety of all our brothers and sisters.

For more information and resources, please visit --END

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National Catholic Bioethics Center :: NCBC Statement on COVID-19 Pandemic

The NCBC will soon be releasing ethical guidance on triage policies for access to ventilators in times of pandemic, as a response to consultations with health care professionals and hospitals seeking to draw on the wisdom and resources of the Catholic moral tradition.
The NCBC free ethical consultation service is fully functional. Call +1 215-877-2660 or go to this link to submit a request online: March 2020

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The Grant Deadline is a Month Away! We've added an April 1st Grant Writing Workshop for those of you who need some extra help with your proposal. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP. Register online at -

[03/13/20]   As of today, the staff will primarily be working from home with limited time in the office. We are postponing meetings and will be using Zoom or Skype when necessary. Because this situation is fluid, we will keep you informed of any changes if and when they occur.

During this time, the staff will be able to receive emails and phone calls, as we will be continuing business as usual. Currently, the grant proposal deadlines will stay as they are and will keep you posted of any timeline changes. If you have issues in meeting these deadlines, due to the state's current request of social distancing, please contact Michele at [email protected] or call 505-872-2901.

Funny Fish on Friday!

Funny Fish on Friday!

Funny Fish on Friday!

As many know, TCF travels throughout the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. These rural communites serve so many with so little. Through our travels, we see many steeples. They are the symbol that stands out the most in each beautiful church. If you ever find yourself traveling through our great state of New Mexico, take the time to stop in along the way to see these historical wonders. They each tell their own story! #NMTrue #nofilter each sky is its own blue...

Blessings this Ash Wednesday. From all us at The Catholic Foundation.

It's Fat Tuesday! 👑🥞🙏


Due to popular demand, we have added another Grant Writing Workshop on April 1, 2020. Register online at The Deadline to submit your proposals is April 20, 2020. The application is available for download on our website. -

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A $1,000 for Your Favorite Teacher! Don't forget to get the word out and nominate your favorite teacher, coach, or other school leader. The Deadline is April 27, 2020.-

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4333 Pan American Fwy NE Ste D
Albuquerque, NM

General information

What is The Catholic Foundation? The Catholic Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) organization – Closely attuned to the many unmet needs in our Catholic community; Building resources for Catholic ministry; Promoting gospel values and supporting the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities within the Archdiocese of Santa Fe; Connecting those who care with those in need.
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