Questions & Answers

The following are questions frequently asked about the CWF. If your query is not answered here, please contact us and ask for further information.

How much does the CWF Appeal raise?

The CWF Appeal raised over $2.8m in total across the three appeals in the 2009/10 financial year with a total expenditure on agencies of over $4.3m.

When are the Appeals held?

The Appeals are held on the first Sunday in May, August, and November.

What does the CWF Appeal support?

The CWF Appeal supports important charitable works of six agencies of the Sydney Archdiocese. These are:

  • CatholicCare – (formerly known as Centacare), the official Catholic social service agency for the Archdiocese.
  • Confraternity of Christian Doctrine – supporting the Catechists in providing religious education in our State Schools.
  • Ephpheta Centre: supporting deaf and hard of hearing people in the Archdiocese.
  • Aboriginal Catholic Ministry – promoting reconciliation and mutual understanding and providing pastoral care for Catholic Aboriginals and supporting them in the living of their Faith.
  • Seminaries – supporting the education and training of future Priests for the Archdiocese.
  • Chaplaincies – providing chaplaincy services to universities, hospitals and prisons.

Is my CWF donation tax deductible?

Yes, for donations of $2 or more.

If I make a donation to the CWF directly to the Archdiocese, does it get credited to the quota off my parish?

Yes. Please advise CWF of your local parish when making a donation.

When did the CWF begin?

Parishes began collecting donations from parishioners on behalf of some of the Archdiocese’s services in the 1950s.

How are funds allocated?

Each of the six agencies supported by the CWF submits a budget each year which is reviewed by the CWF Committee. The Committee considers the budgets that have been submitted and the financial performance of the agencies when making their decisions.

How does my Parish support the CWF?

Each of the 137 Parishes in the Archdiocese has an annual quota to support the CWF. Quotas vary from Parish to Parish, according to each Parish’s financial situation. Together the Parishes of the Archdiocese raise around $3m each year for the CWF.

Can I donate online?

Yes, online donations can be made here.

Can I leave a bequest to the CWF?

Yes. You can leave a bequest to the Charitable Works Fund. For further information click hereor contact the Donor Relations Officer on 1800 753 959 or write to Charitable Works Fund, L7, Polding Centre, 133 Liverpool St Sydney NSW 2000.

Can I specify which agency I would like to leave my bequest to?

Yes. Find out more in the Wills & Bequests Guide, by contacting the Donor Relations Officer on 1800 753 959 or email

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’  Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?  And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing?  And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?’  
And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”

Matthew 25:31-46