The mission of Catholic Charities is to serve those most in need and to advocate for justice in the community.

Men, women, children and families, just like all of us, come to Catholic Charities during some of the hardest times in their lives. The darkness of abuse, illness, homelessness, hunger. From the youngest child at St. Joseph’s Home for Children to the oldest soul seeking shelter at the Dorothy Day Place.

Simply put, it is the mission of Catholic Charities to be there in those darkest, hardest moments to provide help and hope for a better future.


Children and families

We work with children and their families to provide a good start in life through a nurturing environment, comfort in crisis, and mental health counseling for bright, strong futures.

Older adults and people with disabilities

We serve older adults and people with disabilities, helping them live independently in their homes and connecting homeless elders to housing.

The Greater Minneapolis - St. Paul Region

By meeting the needs of those most vulnerable and advocating on their behalf, we help improve the quality of life for the entire community.

People experiencing or at risk of homelessness

We provide meals, shelter and opportunities to find jobs, secure a stable home and medical care for those who need it.


Fundraising and Administrative expense is consistently well below the Charities Review Council standard of 30% (2017 is 10.6%); every dollar of Catholic Charities’ budget is used to advance our mission.

Catholic Charities respects the privacy of all donors and prospects. We believe in safeguarding personal donor information. Donor names, addresses and any other personal information provided will be used only by Catholic Charities to inform donors and prospects of activities including program updates and outcomes, special events, and funding requests. If at any time a donor chooses not to receive these communications, the individual can remove their name from the agency’s mailing list by contacting the Development office. Read our Donor Privacy Policy

In 2018, more than 17,000 individual donors and hundreds of organizations and churches funded 38% of our work in the community. This includes grants from the United Way and a gift from the annual Catholic Services Appeal. Public contracts, fees for services and investment revenue fund the remainder of our operations.

No. Catholic Charities is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit, registered in the State of Minnesota. All gifts to Catholic Charities are used solely for the programs and services impacting the thousands of people we serve each year. Contributions cannot be directed to the Archdiocese or any other organization or used for any other purpose. Gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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