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, handled by different fundraisers.
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 32 parishes and over 100 archdiocesan organisations (apart from charities and affiliates of Caritas and CHARIS) 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 4 to 28 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.
Spirituality of Giving
At its core, Catholic Foundation is driven by a spiritual mission – to promote Christian giving and to Build the Church for Tomorrow.
THE FOUNDATION INSPIRES CATHOLICS TO PRAYERFULLY CONSIDER THEIR STEWARDSHIP RESPONSIBILITY TO COMMIT THEIR TIME, TALENT AND TREASURES TO HELP BUILD A VIBRANT, EVANGELISTIC AND MISSIONARY CHURCH IN SINGAPORE.
TO PROMOTE CHRISTIAN GIVING AND PROVIDE STEWARDSHIP FOR FUNDS RAISED TO SUPPORT THE NEEDS OF THE CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF SINGAPORE.
Mobilising Resources to Build the Church for Tomorrow
Resources are needed for the many offices, commissions, councils and other organisations in the archdiocese to continue their work in various areas, including education, migrants, evangelisation, families, youths, and many others.
On top of current operational costs, the archdiocese has several infrastructural projects, building maintenance and land lease renewals, each of which runs into the millions.
Since the archdiocese embarked on a vision to become a more vibrant, evangelistic and missionary Church, an increase in operational and building needs are also expected in the years to come.
With the Catholic Foundation taking on the task of fundraising, archdiocesan organisations can focus on their apostolate work and be less constrained by unsustainable budgets.
Fundraising in the archdiocese can also be consolidated under the Catholic Foundation, rather than through multiple archdiocesan bodies, with the objective of ensuring that fundraising is more effective and secure.
After the Catholic Foundation was established in 2012, it made its first call to select archdiocesan organisations for grants in 2013. In 2014, the Catholic Foundation’s second full year of operations, it disbursed a sum of $453,870 in grants. In the subsequent two years, there were exponential increases in its grant disbursements, with 2016 seeing total grants disbursed amounting to $7.4m. This increase in grants given to Catholic organisations has been in line with the rising needs of the Church.
Find out more about grant disbursements in Catholic Foundation’s annual reports.
CATHOLIC FOUNDATION GRANT DISBURSEMENTS
* figure for 18-month period from 1 Oct 2016 to 31 Mar 2018, due to change in financial year-end