What We Do

How We Support Member Agencies’ Ability To Meet The Needs Of The Most Vulnerable

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Toronto meets ongoing and emerging need by providing funding support to its member agencies through a comprehensive allocations process.

Catholic Charities is responsible for the allocation of funds to its member agencies. There are currently 20 member agencies of Catholic Charities. Most agencies receive some funding from Catholic Charities. A few agencies are not funded because they receive sufficient funding from other sources. Catholic Charities also allocates one-time grants to non-member agencies for projects that meet with Catholic Charities’ service priorities.

Catholic Charities has introduced a number of changes to its allocation procedure that have helped improve the efficiency of the funding process. Through its allocation process for program funding, Catholic Charities works together with each of its member agencies to ensure that long-term and short-term objectives will provide effective outreach, and that these objectives encompass a distinctive Catholic vision and mission that embraces the Church’s social teaching to build a just society and safeguard the dignity of every person.

Shared Services

The promotion and development of shared services, a strategic direction of Catholic Charities, is helping member agencies meet current and emerging needs though networking with other agencies, sharing resources, providing group services or consolidating office operations. It has been adopted to make more efficient use of funding and to ensure a member agency’s programs will do the greatest amount of good and create the most effective means of outreach to the people they serve.

The programs funded by Catholic Charities through its member agencies are in the areas of community and family services; people with special needs; seniors; children and youth, and young parents. The specific programs are wide-ranging in scope.


Catholic Charities receives its funding primarily from ShareLife, the fundraising initiative of the Archdiocese of Toronto. In addition, Catholic Charities also receives bequests and donations that are used to assist member agencies to meet emerging need through special projects as well as to provide one-time grants to non-member agencies.

Learn more about how we’re funded.