Good News for Everyone

CDF is here to help put faith into action. We do this through the delivery of financial solutions that balance margin and mission, for the common good.  

Since 1956, CDF has been supporting communities and continually improving an approach that allows us to provide a unique level of support across our footprint of Catholic primary and secondary schools, parishes and more recently healthcare and social service providers. 

Our primary role is to support the work of Catholic organisations. While this work is increasingly complex and the demand for services grows, the needs of Catholic organisations can’t always be met by the traditional banking sector. However, our values-based approach to lending, backed by our rigour and professionalism as a financial organisation, allows CDF to give Catholic organisations every possible chance to put their faith into action.  

To this end, our lending is based on a unique set of criteria when compared to other financial organisations:

  • We are guided by Catholic Social Teachings that provide a set of principles for building a society based on love, respect and human dignity.  
  • We are committed to the common-good, and the fact that we are a Development Fund, and not a bank, means we have the freedom to support our customers who otherwise may not be eligible for support from the traditional banking sector. In over 60 years of work devoted to the common-good, CDF has never registered a bad debt. 
  • Funding from within means Catholic endeavours and enterprises can be relatively self-sufficient, rather than relying on a banking system exposed to unpredictable and volatile market influences.

Investments with us continue to grow our social mission and demonstrate, through faith in action, the fundamental values of the Church and its very real contribution to a fair, cohesive and productive society. 

Iona College (Geelong), building funded by CDF.

Our Guiding Scriptures:

Purpose: ‘Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded to you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of age.’ (Matthew 28: 19 – 20) 

Care for others: ‘A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.'(John 13: 34 – 35) 

Sharing of wealth: ‘”What should we do then?” the crowd asked. John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”‘ (Luke 3: 10 – 11)