Co-Chairs' Message

In the fall of 2020, two long-standing foundations (The Waterloo Catholic Schools Foundation and The Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region) proactively merged to establish a new and vibrant organization under the name of The Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region Inc. (CCFOWR). This foundation will continue the many years long tradition of serving our Catholic schools, Catholic parishes and worthy causes within the wider community throughout Waterloo Region.

These foundations have a shared history of collaboration with each other as well as with community partners, including the Lyle S. Hallman Foundation, the Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation and the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Foundation. These relationships will continue in the future.

The newly merged CCFOWR has a committed board of directors, strong governance infrastructures, a solid financial position and a positive reputation in the community. We know we are stronger together!

We will continue to effectively fund the Catholic community and to demonstrate leadership, especially during the challenges faced by the community during the pandemic of 2020-2021.

The CCFOWR has established a grant program for 2021 that is designed to address some of the needs faced by many during these difficult times. Gift cards will be available for families in our Catholic Schools and Catholic Churches. For our community not for profit organizations, we nave established a hand-up grant opportunity by providing easily accessible one time funding support.

We are proud of our new Catholic Community Foundation of Waterloo Region and look forward to continuing our legacy of support and building new relationships.

Deb Zettel-Schmitt & Chris Gehan


The Catholic Community Foundation Of Waterloo Region Inc. values community and has a responsibility to offer a "hand up", empowering the life journey of the marginalized and vulnerable within the Region of Waterloo, with a focus on youth. We believe in inclusion and equity and alignment with the 7 Social Teachings of the Catholic Church. We are committed to cooperating and collaborating with community partners in all sectors to support and evolve common goals.

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