Mandate as the Fundraising Arm of the Archdiocese
The Church is one body made of many parts. Thus, the funding of different aspects of the archdiocese is separated into different pools of funds, each managed by an independent fundraising body.
The Catholic Church in Singapore consists of 32 parishes and numerous archdiocesan organisations involved in areas such as pastoral care, faith formation, social work, education, family, youth, migrants and many more.
Donations to Catholic charities (Caritas Singapore, CHARIS and their affiliates) and to the religious congregations are kept solely for those purposes, and do not go towards funding other organisations in the archdiocese or the parishes.
Traditionally, the 150 Catholic groups, commissions, councils, offices, institutes, parishes and other organisations are funded by weekly offertories and other collections made during Masses.
Until 2015, only a fixed 15 per cent share of each parish’s collections were contributed to the archdiocese. Most of these collections were kept for each parish’s own needs. Beginning 2016, the fixed contribution was revised to a tiered system of between 8 to 24 per cent depending on the income of each parish.
However, even with the revised rates, this contribution continues to be inadequate for the archdiocese.
The Catholic Foundation, established in December 2012 with the initial intent of providing a vehicle of capacity building in the diocese, had its mandate expanded in November 2015 to be the designated fundraising arm of the archdiocese.
This was done to supplement a funding model that has become insufficient for the Church.