Our Mission

Heeding the Gospel’s call to action, the mission of the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island is to perpetuate the charitable giving of Rhode Island Catholics.

Welcome from Bishop Henning

I am very pleased to introduce you to the website of the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island, and I do so with great gratitude for the past and with a renewed commitment for the future.

For approximately forty years, the Foundation has enabled us to highlight that we live our faith not only with our words, but also with our actions. As such, we have successfully distributed millions of dollars to worthy beneficiaries. Most of this support continues to come from endowed funds, although other donor-designated support is also an increasingly important part of our mission, and crucial to the Church in Rhode Island.

With active solicitation and careful management, we build strength for the future and serve as wise stewards of these funds that support the ministry of the Church in perpetuity. Tending to the sick, educating children and youth, providing food and shelter to the homeless, promoting respect for life, and many other ministries allow us to carry on the saving work of our Lord Jesus Christ in our time and place.

In the Gospels, Jesus teaches the parable of planting good seeds that will bear fruit in the future. And in fact, that’s exactly what the Catholic Foundation of Rhode Island allows us to do. We are planting seeds for the future! To all who are involved in the good and important work, thank you very much, and may God bless all that you do to strengthen the Church and proclaim the Kingdom of God!

Sincerely yours,

Richard Henning
Bishop of Providence


$133 Million

In Endowed Funds

$1.5 Million

Distributed to
Parishes & Ministries

$5.7 Million

In Grants Awarded
in 2022-2023



In Charitable Assets


Grants Awarded





CFRI at a Glance

The Future of Our Faith


Featured Causes or
Upcoming Events


Donor Highlights
and Funds


Faith in Action