October 10, 2021

CHSO Welcomes The Catherine Donnelly Foundation


The Catherine Donnelly Foundation has joined the CHSO network of sponsored organizations. The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is the legacy of The Sisters of Service, a progressive and inspiring community of Catholic women religious. The Foundation is a living testament to the Sisters’ tradition of response to the greatest needs in communities across Canada. In 2011, the Sisters of Service signed a sponsorship agreement with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto, who have assumed their administration, which included becoming the Members of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation.

Earlier this year, CHSO was humbled to learn that the Holy See had approved the Sisters of St. Joseph’s petition to transfer The Catherine Donnelly Foundation to CHSO by August 31, 2021.

For full information on the Foundation, we encourage you to visit their new website at www.catherinedonnellyfoundation.org

About The Catherine Donnelly Foundation

The Catherine Donnelly Foundation (CDF) is a mission-driven private national foundation committed to promoting social change by funding high-impact programs and projects across the country in our priority areas of Environment, Housing and Adult Education. We promote joint action and networking by helping organizations to pursue systems change.

We embrace collaborative funding, community-based opportunities, deep listening, and flexible grant-making with an organizational culture that is collaborative, encouraging of learning, and deeply committed to serving the underserved and marginalized communities.

To maximize our impact, we align our investments with the causes we care about: we oversee our endowment to ensure we don’t fund the activities we work hard to eradicate, such as the burning of fossil fuels; we make traditional investments in corporations that embrace positive social change;

and we use our position as a shareholder to encourage companies to uphold practices and policies consistent with our values and mission. We have also pledged to invest 10% of our assets into impact investments. Since 2014, we have made, approved or committed to 15 investments tied to our core funding areas.

Established in 2003 with current assets of over $50 million, The Catherine Donnelly Foundation is the legacy of a progressive community of Catholic women religious, The Sisters of Service. The Foundation is a living testament to the Sisters’ tradition of response to the greatest needs in communities across Canada.

Our approach to philanthropy:

  • We create safe spaces for dialogue
  • We share resources with community partners
  • We work toward reconciliation, reciprocity and decolonization
  • We network and coordinate to build larger movements
  • We encourage long-term funding relationships