The Catholic Foundation was launched by Cardinal Williams in 1981 at a time when the Archdiocese of Wellington was desperate for operating funds. A campaign was launched to attract members to the Foundation, each new member being asked to generously contribute a sum by way of cash or legacy which would be become the capital base for a perpetual charity. Within a month the first $1 million had been pledged.
The further generosity of new members and judicious investment decisions has enabled the capital to grow to nearly $9 million. The income produced from the invested capital is sufficient to make a significant annual grant to the operating budget of the Archdiocese, and further grants and scholarships each year to a growing number of Catholic organisations and individuals where there will be benefit to the Catholic life of the Archdiocese.
The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Wellington is a registered Charitable Trust. It is governed by its members and administered by a Board which includes Cardinal John Dew and annually elected Foundation members and trustees. It is audited annually.
The Board meeting dates for 2015 are Thursday 30 April, Thursday 30 July (AGM) and Thursday 29 October.
|Cardinal John Dew||Mr Robert Noble-Beasley
|Mr Henry Ward
|Mr Pat Sheehan
|Francis Fanning||Miss Mary Brito||Mr Kevin O'Connor||Ms Kate Mahony|
|Mr Greg Kelly||Ms Judy Houlahan||Ms Kathy Whelan