Support for the archdiocese and our parishes remains an ever-present concern. The economic recession resulting from the virus meant our Office of Development needed to reevaluate the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal campaign, and assist parishes and schools in finding creative ways to fundraise without regular Mass attendance.

  • Made individual calls to 138 parishes to understand needs, online giving functionality, Flocknote messaging functionality and Mass live streaming capabilities during the first week of March.
  • Created Catholic School Emergency Relief Fund with Seeds of Hope, raising over $630,000 for technology, families and students most impacted by the virus in April.
  • Launched a Virtual Town Hall phone call with over 18,000 parishioners on the first weekend of the pandemic to encourage diocesan wide prayer, discuss Mass closings, and virus updates with Archbishop Aquila and former CDC virologist Deacon Lanciotti.
  • Built a central parish giving platform with a dropdown menu so that every single parish could receive online offertory gifts.
  • Initiated the “First Million” campaign through the Archbishop’s Catholic Appeal, giving the first $1,000,000 raised back to parishes through stimulus checks for every parish and grants for the most impacted parishes.
  • Wrote over 12 last-minute emergency foundation grants for schools and ministries impacted by COVID-19.
  • Created COVID-19 fundraising techniques memorandum on how parishes can fundraise and build community virtually.
  • Retained CCS Fundraising consulting to direct a parish offertory improvement campaign in 17 of the most adversely impacted parishes at no cost to parishes.
  • Called over 1,000 parishioners to understand what the diocese could do to assist them.