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Are Gifts to Religion Really Decreasing, or Experiencing Reallocation?

The June 2016 release of Giving USA report showed strong growth throughout 2015 in contributions to every non-profit subsector, except religion. At $119.30 billion, philanthropic giving in this category represented 32% of total contributions. While this is a 2.7% increase in gifts to religion compared to 2014, Giving USA history shows a steady decline in […]

A Guide to Engaging Immigrant Catholics and Ethnic Parishes in Capital Campaigns

For those who work closely with the Catholic Church, it is no surprise to learn that a substantial number of parishioners hail from other countries. According to the Pew Research Center, 27% of all U.S. Catholics were born outside of this country (compared with 15% of the overall population). The Catholic Church in the U.S. […]

Catholic Spotlight: Joy of the Gospel Campaign in the Diocese of Lincoln Reshapes the Future for Southern Nebraska Catholics

The Diocese of Lincoln recently surpassed the minimum goal of the most ambitious diocesan-wide effort to date. With 9,300 gifts received, over $63.1 million has been pledged to the Joy of the Gospel campaign; 119% of the original $53 million goal. This money will be used to support the important ministries of this strong Catholic community […]

Catholic Spotlight: Archdiocese of Toronto’s Family of Faith Campaign Paves the Way for a Bold Pastoral Plan

His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins acknowledges this historic campaign achievement and encourages the remaining parishes to continue to strive for success toward their own local campaigns. Strong leadership, an exciting case for support, and the sacrificial support of Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto has propelled the Family of Faith campaign past its $105 million goal. The most […]

Catholic Spotlight: One Case, One Campaign, and a United Catholic Community Raise Over $43.6M for Seminarian Endowment

Recently, the Diocese of Madison experienced a great blessing and challenge. The Holy Spirit had generously answered the prayers of the faithful for more priests and the number of seminarians studying for the Diocese had grown from six men in 2004 to 33 men in 2014. While profoundly grateful for this increase in vocations, Bishop […]

A Snapshot of Catholic Fundraising in Europe

Parishes have always relied on the generosity of parishioners to grow and develop. However, with needs at an all-time high, it is clear that most parish fundraising has not kept up with that of other non-profit organisations and churches often struggle to meet their growing demands. Projects deferred during challenging economic times, now more than […]