What is a community foundation?

A community foundation is a grant-making nonprofit organization that serves a specific region. The Catholic Community Foundation of Long Island (CCFLI) is an independent organization that raises funds and makes grants to ministries of the Catholic Church in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and beyond.


What does it mean to be independent?

Our organization is founded, controlled and operated by some of Long Island’s most respected community and business leaders. Catholic laity make up the majority of our board, which also includes key members of the Catholic Church on Long Island. Each of our board members is deeply committed to their community, to the ministries of the Church and to a Catholic spirit of evangelization.


Does CCFLI administer its own programs? Does it directly assist individuals?

We make strategic investments in ministries of the Church that in turn assist people in need across Long Island — regardless of faith or background. Our partners include organizations like Catholic Charities of Long Island, Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation, Catholic Health Services, the Catholic Faith Network and the 134 parishes of the Catholic Church on Long Island. In all, CCFLI funds initiatives and programs that impact more than a million Long Islanders of all faiths and backgrounds.


Is donating to CCFLI a replacement for making direct donations to the Catholic Ministries Appeal, Catholic Charities, the Catholic Faith Network, my local parish, etc.?

Both kinds of donations are important and your CCFLI gift is not a replacement for direct contributions.  While CCFLI invests in the long-term capacity of the ministries we support, we also champion direct donations to Church ministries that might need your help