A Message from Bishop David J. Walkowiak

Bishop WalkowiakWelcome to the website for The Catholic Foundation of West Michigan (CFWM); I am grateful you have visited the site to learn more about The Foundation and its mission to support the religious, charitable, and educational works of the Diocese of Grand Rapids.

When I consider the work of The Foundation and the generosity of those who have supported and built The Foundation, I find a beautiful crossroads where Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation ‘Amoris Laetitia’ (On Love in the Family) intersects with the Jubilee Year of Mercy.  The Foundation provides a context in which a family or family member can be honored through an individual gift or a named fund that will financially support the corporal and spiritual works of mercy throughout the Diocese.

The Foundation’s additional benefits are the peace of mind that funds are invested through a Socially Responsible Investment Pool (SRIP), as well as, the opportunity for smaller funds to realize a greater return on investment and lower management fees by being a part of a larger pool of funds.  The Foundation’s funds are invested with the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC), which manages and invests many millions of dollars from the seven dioceses throughout Michigan. 

I am grateful for the donors who have generously built CFWM over the years and the many benefits that our parish and diocesan programs and ministries have received because of their investments.  I invite everyone who seeks the opportunity to positively impact parishioners, their communities, and our Church both today and for years to come to consider establishing a new fund or supporting an existing fund.  Such generosity will inspire others and support the growth of our Catholic faith throughout West Michigan and beyond.