Media and Communications Office
Yesterday afternoon, Archbishop Denis Hart launched the Melbourne Catholic Archbishop’s Charitable Fund.
The Fund, originally known as The Catholic Archbishop’s Charitable Fund, was first announced in 1980 before additional versions were introduced in 2003 and 2015. It introduces a new structured and strategic grant making process to match the current philanthropic landscape.
Speaking to an audience of educators, religious, healthcare professionals and philanthropists, Archbishop Hart said he was delighted to welcome the Fund to life of the Archdiocese and he relishes the opportunity to witness organisations benefit from it.
The Archdiocese’s Manager of Philanthropy, Julie Owens, said the Fund presented an exciting, refreshing model that will benefit organisations.
‘Having been a grant seeker myself, I understand how difficult the process can seem,' said Ms Owens. 'In developing the new framework, we have aimed to keep it as user friendly as possible.’
Throughout the last ten years, the Fund has allocated over $4 million, supporting Catholic community agencies and community services to overcome social disadvantage, inequality and exclusion. The distributed grants have assisted Victorians affected by the Black Saturday bushfires and, more recently, towards supporting the Archdiocese's chaplaincy services and establishing the Mary Glowrey Museum.
A pivotal part of the new Fund is the introduction of the Grants Allocation Advisory Committee, chaired by Sr Kath Tierney RSM AO, Senior Advisor to the Vicar General in the Archdiocese of Melbourne. Sr Tierney is joined by Fr Joe Caddy, the Episcopal Vicar for Social Services; Mark Murphy, Principal of Marcellin College; Patrice Scales, National Council of Caritas Australia; and Shane Healy, Director of Media, Communications and Philanthropy.
‘We are privileged to have a group of very experienced professionals who have agreed to be part of this committee, and they will play a significant role in the new strategic direction of the Fund,’ said Ms Owens.
To find out more about the Melbourne Catholic Archbishop’s Charitable Fund, visit the website