Promise of Transparency & Good Stewardship

Catholic Charities of Louisville is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. We strive to be faithful stewards of the investment and resources entrusted to us, and seek to be transparent in the way we do business.


Catholic Charities of Louisville embraces the values of accountability and transparency as a matter of ethical leadership. We understand that financial transparency will help preserve the trust each donor places in us. To that end, we provide the most up-to-date financial documents available for review online.

In April 2020, Catholic Charities of Louisville received a forgivable loan from the Small Business Association’s Payroll Protection Program (PPP). Per the provisions of the PPP, the loan amount – $818,482 – was calculated as 2.5 times the agency’s average monthly payroll in 2019 ($329,817).


As shown by the Annual Report, Catholic Charities of Louisville has three primary sources of funds for its programs and services: governmental grants; private donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and the Archdiocese; and fee income generated by its social enterprise programs Language Services, Immigration Legal Services, and Common Table. Amid great uncertainty around donor support due to COVID-19, the social enterprise programs experienced a substantial drop in demand and associated revenue.


Catholic Charities of Louisville had 88 employees in March 2020. All positions were maintained through the COVID-19 shutdown. The PPP loan funds have provided Catholic Charities of Louisville with a much-needed cushion of support during this tumultuous time, sustaining both full employment of our staff and the vital community services that we provide. To learn more about how Catholic Charities has responded to needs across the 24 counties of the Archdiocese of Louisville during the pandemic, please click here. To help with a donation to Catholic Charities of Louisville, please click here.


Our mission at Catholic Charities of Louisville is to welcome, empower, and strengthen individuals and families in need. We are grateful for every support, including the PPP, that equips us to fulfill that mission.


We are committed to communicating openly with donors and providing a secure, streamlined process for giving. It is our responsibility to be good stewards, ensuring our donors are well protected and that our resources are used efficiently to carry out our mission.

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A portion of the funds raised through the Archdiocese of Louisville’s annual Catholic Services Appeal supports the work of Catholic Charities. We are grateful for this support!

When a donation is made in response to a disaster, it is forwarded in full to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), Catholic Charities USA  (CCUSA) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) for humanitarian and recovery efforts, as well as pastoral and rebuilding support.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the nonprofit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  • To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  • To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  • To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  • To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  • To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.
  • To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  • To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  • To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  • To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  • To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

* The Donor Bill of Rights is a publication of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, adopted by Catholic Charities of Louisville.