FAQs

Do you have to be Catholic to receive services?


No. Catholic Charities serves those in need regardless of background. More than 80% of those we serve annually are not Catholic.

Where does Catholic Charities serve?

Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence and Washington counties

How long has Catholic Charities been serving in Pittsburgh?

Since 1910, we’ve served those who need basic necessities, such as food, shelter, clothing and support to become more stable.

Who is responsible for governance and fiscal oversight at Catholic Charities?

As a non-profit, we are governed by a lay board of directors that is responsible for the governance and fiscal oversight of the agency. Our board comprises local lay leaders who serve up to two three-year terms.

Additionally, we benefit from the guidance of our member board that ensures we meet our mission in a manner that reflects the love of Christ and conduct our services within the parameters of Catholic teaching. Bishop David Zubik and area representative priests compose our member board.

What is the legal structure of Catholic Charities?

Catholic Charities is an incorporated nonprofit corporation with an IRS determination as a 501(c)(3) and operate as a separate legal entity from the Diocese. We file tax returns, keep  audited financial statements and follow the Donor Bill of Rights, ensuring that all donations given to us are utilized as intended by the donor. While we own our downtown headquarters and rent nine spaces for service within six counties of Southwestern Pennsylvania, we do not share properties or equipment with the Diocese. The agency’s 990-Form is, as always, available for public review.  Catholic Charities is parent to its subsidiary, the Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center and both are listed in the Official Catholic Directory.

Where does Catholic Charities get its funding and resources?

Our annual budget is between $10 and $12 million. Our Development team raises 43%. Another 40% comes from government-supported services. The remaining 17% comes from in-kind support, fees collected from a sliding scale formula, interest income and diocesan support.

Our funding sources include private donations, corporate support, foundation awards, government contracts, diocesan support and other miscellaneous income.

Can you give me information on adoption?

Couples interested in adoption should go to https://bethany.org for information on local adoption agencies.


If you were involved as a parent or a child adopted through Catholic Charities of Pittsburgh in Allegheny, Beaver, Butler, Greene, Lawrence or Washington counties, please email ccadoption@ccpgh.org