Francis Fund

 

The Francis Fund was a special fund in honor of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Philadelphia. The Fund was used to meet concrete needs of people in the Philadelphia region and Camden who are struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ own special compassion and concern for our poor sisters and brothers.

The Francis Fund represented a variety of faith and non-denominational organizations serving the region's most vulnerable men, women, and children. For a list of Francis Fund organizations, please see the tab below.

Project HOME, in collaboration with the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee, granted all monies raised for the Francis Fund to other organizations, for the purpose of alleviating hunger, poverty and homelessness in Philadelphia and Camden. The Francis Fund did not fund any of the operations or direct program expenditures of Project HOME.

Outcomes

The final figure for the Francis Fund is $1,398,928 that was raised and $1,408,572 that was given out. A Trustee of Project HOME made up the difference. All of these monies were put in a special account at Project HOME for the Francis Fund. The major sources for these funds included:

  • Major leadership gifts including, the Connelly Foundation, Aramark, Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, Leigh and John Middleton, Comcast, Janet and John Haas, Lynne and Harold Honickman, PECO/Exelon, Aileen and Brian Roberts, and Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Online donations
  • Checks from Project HOME and other donors
  • Cash donations at the Knotted Grotto
  • Cash donations at various public events (“Pope-Ups”)

Checks were written out to 57 organizations who applied for the Fund.  Most of the recipient organizations received their check at the November 7, 2015 closing celebration.  The rest were mailed out or personally delivered.

Return to Mercy and Justice Home

The Francis Fund is a special fund in honor of Pope Francis’ 2015 visit to Philadelphia. The Fund will be used to meet concrete needs of people in the Philadelphia region and Camden who are struggling with hunger, homelessness, and poverty, in the spirit of Pope Francis’ own special compassion and concern for our poor sisters and brothers.

Project HOME, in collaboration with the World Meeting of Families Hunger and Homelessness Committee, will grant all monies raised for the Francis Fund to other organizations, for the purpose of alleviating hunger, poverty and homelessness in Philadelphia and Camden. The Francis Fund will not fund any of the operations or direct program expenditures of Project HOME. No unsolicited proposals to the Fund will be accepted.

The Francis Fund will target several particular areas of concern, inspired by the Pope’s personal commitments and actions, which will be given priority for funding:

  • Additional capacity for programs serving persons who are homeless.
  • Additional capacity to serve women who have been trafficked.
  • Additional capacity to provide healthy and nutritious food at food pantries.
  • Funds for programs serving persons experiencing hunger and homelessness in Kensington and Camden, areas especially hard-hit by severe poverty.

 

S. Mary Scullion, Chair of Committee
Executive Director, Project HOME

Jim Amato
Deputy Secretary of Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Anne Ayella, Vice-Chair of Committee
Associate Director of Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Mimi Box
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation

Maria Guzman
Volunteer

Stefan Johnson
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

Paralee Knight
Wells Fargo

Danielle McNichol
Director of Human Resources and In-House Counsel
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

Emily Riley
Executive Vice-President, Connelly Foundation

Pat Suplee
Volunteer, Fundametrics Inc.

Tracey Specter
Volunteer
 

The Francis Fund is providing critically needed recourses to expand the capacity of established community-based organizations who are currently serving persons in the greater Philadelphia region who are experiencing hunger, homeless, or trafficking. We believe these groups strongly reflect the values and spirit of Pope Francis’ special concerns for persons on the margins, and we are hoping that funds raised will strengthen their work.

Read More About the Projects

Aquinas Center

Arch Street United Methodist

Beth Sholom Mitzvah Food Pantry

Bethesda Project

Broad Street Ministry

Casa del Carmen (Catholic Social Services)

Cathedral Kitchen

Catholic Charities - Diocese of Camden

Center for Family Services

Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Chosen 300

Coalition Against Hunger

Common Market

Community Center at Visitation

Covenant House - NJ

Covenant House - PA

Dawn's Place

Depaul House

Drueding Center

Face to Face

Family Service Center of Delaware County (Catholic Social Services)

Feast of Justice

House of Grace Catholic Worker

Jewish Family and Children's Services

Jewish Relief Agency

Joseph's House of Camden

KleinLife

MANNA

Masjidullah Inc.

Mercy Hospice (Catholic Social Services)

Mitzvah Food Project

Mother of Mercy House

Mother's Home

New Visions

Our Lady of Fatima

Our Mother of Sorrows

Pathways to Housing PA

People's Emergency Center

Philly Restart

Prevention Point Philadelphia

Ready, Willing & Able

The Salvation Army New Day Drop In Denter 

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Sisters of St. Joseph Welcome Center

SREHUP at the Arch St. Methodist Church

St. Francis Inn Ministries

St. Francis-St. Joseph-St. Vincent Homes for Children (Catholic Social Services)

St. John's Hospice (Catholic Social Services)

The Attic Youth Center

The Food Trust

The Welcome Church (Lutheran Evangelical)

Unemployment Information Center

Urban Tree Connection

Women Against Abuse

In the early months of planning for The Francis Fund, several organizations and civic leaders gave initial leadership gifts to seed the Fund.  We are grateful for their profound generosity, invaluable leadership and for their significant empowerment of this effort:

FOUNDING GIFTS

  • Connelly Foundation

  • Wells Fargo Bank

MAJOR GIFTS

  • The Vincent & Veronica Anderson Fund 

  • Anonymous

  • Aramark

  • Bank of America

  • Comcast - NBCUniversal 

  • Exelon PECO

  • JBJ Soul Foundation

  • Janet & John Haas

  • Lynne & Harold Honickman 

  • Maguire Family

  • Leigh & John Middleton

  • Brian & Aileen Roberts 

  • Tracey & Shanin Specter

  • Saligman Foundation

  • Wawa

 

Organizations who so generously donated their time and talent to make Mercy and Justice possible:

  • Sage Communications 

  • Message Agency 

  • Canada Dry

  • Origlio Beverages

  • Keystone Outdoor

  • Interstate Outdoor

  • Out Front Media

  • Eye to Eye Media

  • Philadelphia Media Network

  • halfGenius