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.
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.
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
Deputy Secretary of Catholic Social Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Anne Ayella, Vice-Chair of Committee
Associate Director of Nutritional Development Services, Archdiocese of Philadelphia
The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
Director of Human Resources and In-House Counsel
World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015
Executive Vice-President, Connelly Foundation
Volunteer, Fundametrics Inc.
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.
House of Grace Catholic Worker
Our Lady of Fatima
Our Mother of Sorrows
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:
Wells Fargo Bank
The Vincent & Veronica Anderson Fund
Bank of America
Comcast - NBCUniversal
JBJ Soul Foundation
Janet & John Haas
Lynne & Harold Honickman
Leigh & John Middleton
Brian & Aileen Roberts
Tracey & Shanin Specter
Organizations who so generously donated their time and talent to make Mercy and Justice possible:
Out Front Media
Eye to Eye Media
Philadelphia Media Network