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                    [post_content] => Saint Bridget School has been forming disciples for Christ and leaders for the Richmond community. The dedication and generosity of staff, parents, parishioners, and alumni have enabled Saint Bridget School to thrive.

To build on our terrific legacy and to fulfill our promise of delivering a great spiritually-grounded education in today’s competitive environment, we purchased and developed plans to restore and renovate the Westhampton Baptist Church campus. Saint Bridget acquired the building for $85,000 in the summer of 2015, and began renovation that fall, a project budget of approximately $6 million. Saint Bridget embarked on their Ignite Campaign raising $2.7 million in donations, $1 million in historic tax credits, and a $2.2 million loan through the Catholic Diocese.

Read more about how this new site provides a dedicated campus for our middle school complete with state-of-the art science labs, a collaboration space, an outdoor classroom, a performing arts center, and more room to learn.  https://tinyurl.com/mc4meps
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                    [post_content] => With the support of 15,007 donors across the Diocese, the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal has now raised $3,343,038, exceeding its initial goal of $2,671,471.  As of April 27th, 94 parishes out of 145 have exceeded their 2017 targets with many more closing in fast.

Although the campaign has exceeded the overall goal, the Appeal is still gaining a strong response from parishioners.  In fact, the list of parishes that have exceeded their targets continues to increase daily.  During the week of May 1st, letters on behalf of the pastors will be sent to any previous Appeal contributors who have not yet given to the 2017 effort.  In addition, a significant number of parishes are continuing to promote the Appeal at Mass and the Diocese has several follow-up activities planned to ensure that everyone is given the opportunity to participate.

The Appeal addresses the increased needs of 19 different ministries and programs such as providing for the health insurance for our retired priests and those who require long-term care, fully covering the costs of room, board and tuition assistance for our seminarians and providing Fuel and Hunger Fund grants to parishes and Catholic organizations so they can offer emergency food, heating, rent and shelter assistance to those in need.

In addition, parishes will receive a portion of the pledges made from their parish through the parish sharing formula.  For many parishes, this Appeal has provided added support to parish programs, funding for needed renovations and additional budget money to be used wherever the need is greatest.

Making a gift is easy and convenient.  For more information on the ministries the Appeal supports or to find out how you can contribute to the Appeal, please visit: http://richmondcatholicfoundation.org/giving/annual-appeal/.

(Alex Previtera, CFRE is the Director of Development for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond)
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                    [post_content] => During the Living Our Mission capital and endowment campaign, each parish combined their case for support along with the larger Church case for support.  This partnership has allowed parishes to realize profound and long-term benefits.

In March, the Diocese sent a tenth round of funding to the parishes totaling nearly $3.3 million.  In total, over the ten rounds of funding, the Diocese has returned nearly $30 million to be used for important local priorities of parishes.  In total, it is estimated that parishes will receive $65 million of the $104 million raised over the five years of pledge redemption.  Parishes have been using and will use these funds in a variety of ways, including local construction projects, ministries, endowments and debt reduction.

At St. Olaf in Williamsburg, the construction project is much larger in scope.  After many years of planning and hard work, St. Olaf is almost finished on the construction of a new 750 seat church.  Not only is the new church important to meet the needs of the expanding Catholic population in the area, it will also connect with the current parish facilities.  This means the older facilities will be repurposed and will be used for an expansion of critical areas such as adult education, youth and young adult activities and ministry programs in general.

To raise the necessary funds to build the church, St. Olaf partnered with the Living Our Mission campaign in the fall of 2014.  The goal was to raise a very challenging goal of $2.4 million (four-times their annual offertory) over the course of approximately six months.  Under the leadership of Fr. Tom Mattingly, the parish was not only able to hit the goal, but exceed it with nearly half the parish participating (which is extraordinary given the size of the parish).

With this success plus funds from the parish’s savings, St. Olaf began building shortly after the end of their campaign.  Since their groundbreaking on April 1st, 2016, the parish has quickly made progress on building their new church and are aiming for a dedication date in early April.

St. Olaf continues to experience a tremendous level of redemption on pledges made in their campaign.  In addition, the parish has seen a significant increase in offertory and is up by more than $50,000 over the previous year.

By: Alex Previtera, CFRE, Director of Development for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond
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                    [post_content] => Because of the overwhelming support of parishioners across the Diocese, the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal has now raised $2,098,365 (as of 3/30/17) and is quickly nearing its goal of $2,671,471.  In the early going, 36 parishes have already exceeded their 2017 targets.  To date, there has been 1 parish over 600%, 1 parish over 300%, 4 parishes over 200% and 30 parishes over 100%.

As the Appeal enters April, it shows few signs of slowing down.  In fact, it has now entered the next phase.  To date, the Diocese has received decisions from many Catholic households through the February mailing from Bishop DiLorenzo and the in-pew weekends.  However, there are many parishioners who have not had the opportunity to participate.  To ensure this opportunity, at the end of April, letters will be sent to those who have not yet given to the 2017 effort.  In addition, many parishes are continuing to promote the Appeal in the pews.

The Appeal addresses the critical needs of 19 different ministries and programs that are cornerstones to advancing our Catholic Church.  These ministries range in scope with some examples being:








In addition, parishes will receive a portion of the pledges made from their parish through the parish sharing formula.  For many parishes, this Appeal has provided added support to parish programs, funding for needed renovations and additional budget money to be used wherever the need is greatest.

Parishioners who have not yet made a commitment to the Appeal can do so by responding to the letter they received, visiting their parish office, contacting the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond at (804) 622-5155 or donating securely online at http://richmondcatholicfoundation.org/giving/annual-appeal/

(Alex Previtera, CFRE is the Director of Development for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond).
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                    [post_content] => By Alex Previtera, CFRE

During the weekends of March 11th-12th and March 18th-19th, the Diocese is conducting the in-pew gift phase of the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal – Building Our Family of Faith.  These weekends allow the opportunity for the pastors and parish Appeal volunteers to ask parishioners for their support during Mass.

2017 is a critical year for the Appeal as it comes on the heels of the Living Our Mission capital campaign.  This campaign was a historic first-time effort to build major endowments and capital to support our parishes and larger Church leading into the future.  Although many projects were realized in the short-term, the vast majority of funds raised were designed for the future.  In contrast, the Appeal is initiated every year to meet ministry and program needs of the present.  While the Living Our Mission campaign was an overwhelming success and set the Church up for a strong financial future, the Appeal is still a very necessary component of meeting its goals in the short-term.

Based on the urgent needs of the Diocese, the overall goal for this year’s Appeal is $2,671.471.  As of March 3rd, early momentum was quickly being built with nearly 2,000 individuals and families contributing nearly $500,000 in support of the 2017 effort.

Each gift that is contributed to the Appeal makes a real difference because the gifts of many enable our Diocese to deliver needed ministry and services such as heating and grocery assistance to families, health insurance for our retired priests and tuition for our future priests to attend the seminary.  These ministries are among nineteen receiving funding from the 2017 Appeal.  In addition, all parishes receive back a portion of their funds collected to be used for important local priorities.

For more information or to find out how you can contribute to the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal, please visit: http://richmondcatholicfoundation.org/giving/annual-appeal/.

(Alex Previtera, CFRE is the Director of Development for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond).
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                    [post_content] => The Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond Annual Report 2016 is available to review.  It was an exciting year for the Foundation with new endowment funds, growth in assets and the transition of staff from the Development Office to the Foundation.  To read the annual report, click the link:  CCF ANNUAL REPORT 2016
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                    [post_content] => Saint Nicholas Catholic Church, in Virginia Beach, hosted a Life and Legacy Planning seminar on Tuesday, January 17th for nearly 60 members of it’s Just Seniors group. Just Seniors was founded a decade ago to provide a venue for Christian fellowship that includes social, religious and educational activities. Alex Previtera, Director of Development for the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond, and Stephen M. Watson, Estate Planning Attorney, with Carrell Blanton Ferris & Associates, PLC, conducted the meeting and Gaby Gonzalez, the Foundation’s Director of Development for Hispanic Communities attended to assist.

The meeting provided information and education about the essentials of estate planning and legacy giving for parishes. Participants learned about the types of legacy gifts that can benefit their parish, the importance of charitable bequests, and how they can leave a legacy gift to their parish. Ultimately, the meeting presented ways individuals and couples make a legacy to the Church. It is the ultimate act of faith and stewardship.

The Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond is offering a life and legacy planning seminars as a service to parishes, schools, and ministries. Our seminars are targeted for individuals, couples, clergy, and lay leadership with an emphasis the importance of charitable bequests and other legacy gifts to parishes, schools and ministries.

Here are a few photographs from the event:

About the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond The Foundation provides effective permanent stewardship of philanthropic assets entrusted to its care by donors who desire to advance the religious, charitable and educational works of the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, its schools, parishes and ministries. The Foundation’s focus is to ensure a strong financial base for our community of faith in the Diocese for years to come. The Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond helps families and parishes by promoting stewardship, providing information on planned giving and establishing endowment funds. We do this through outright gifts, planned gifts, and bequests. [post_title] => St. Nicholas Catholic Church Holds a Life and Legacy Planning Seminar [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => st-nicholas-catholic-church-holds-a-life-and-legacy-planning-seminar [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-03-30 19:07:43 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-03-30 19:07:43 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmondcatholicfoundation.org/?p=748 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 743 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2017-02-22 19:25:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-02-22 19:25:52 [post_content] => Saint Francis Home partnered with the Catholic Diocese of Richmond, Development Office, on their 2016 Annual Appeal. With the help of the Diocese, resources were significantly reduced which directed most of the funds raised to the needs addressed in the campaign. With nearly $68,000 raised to date, the campaign success will help Saint Francis Home continue its ministry meeting the needs of residents and nurture a home-like environment where independence, dignity and self-worth can thrive. This campaign surpassed Saint Francis's record of the Christmas and Easter previous campaigns combined! The 2016 Annual Fund goal of $100,000 was broken down into four areas of need: Upgrade the Quality of Resident Dinners: $10,000 On a daily basis, 375 meals are served to the residents of Saint Francis Home. While breakfast and lunch are balanced and nutritious, the quality of dinners needs improve. Currently, the residents are served soup and sandwiches for dinner. The $10,000 from the Appeal, will increase the food budget and provide most dinners consisting of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Improve the Diversity and Frequency of Resident Activities: $15,000 Enrichment activities are a core piece of the mission of Saint Francis Home. These activities range from cultural events, art and painting as well as visit from entertainers and teachers. The current monthly budget of $400 is not sufficiently meeting the current needs and provides few opportunities for more diverse activities. With funds raised from this Appeal, we will be able to augment the activities budget to provide a broader range of experiences that will enhance the lives of residents. Build an Onsite Dental Office: $25,000 Saint Francis Home was blessed with the promise of donated dental equipment and is now working towards providing the space necessary for a dental operatory equipped, supplied and staffed on site. This amount breaks down to a part-time dentist and hygienist one day a week, small stipends for volunteers and VCU dental student interns. Offset Annual Deficit: $50,000 The annual budget for Saint Francis Home is over $2.2 million. While most of the revenue comes from room and board, it is still not enough. The Home operates at a $250,000 deficit. With $50,000 earmarked from the Appeal toward this deficit, Saint Francis Home can combine these funds with grants, appeals through the Propagation of the Faith, special events and individual donations to relieve the deficit and enable to be fully sustainable in the current operating year. [post_title] => Saint Francis Home 2016 Annual Appeal Success [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => saint-francis-home-2016-annual-appeal-success [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-02-22 19:28:48 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-02-22 19:28:48 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://richmondcatholicfoundation.org/?p=743 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 490 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2016-09-06 17:01:13 [post_date_gmt] => 2016-09-06 17:01:13 [post_content] => PRESS RELEASE Contact:    Margaret I. Keightley, Executive Director Phone:        (804)-622-5121 Email:        mkeigthley@richmoddiocese.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond Celebrates 2-Year Anniversary and Approves New Board Members

Richmond, Virginia (September 23, 2016) – The Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond announces their two-year anniversary today.  After it was founded on September 23, 2014, by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, the Catholic Community Foundation has created over 84 funds and has over $94 million in assets. Initially, the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond managed funds from the Diocese of Richmond. With new endowment funds established from the Living Our Mission capital campaign, and over time with families, parishes, schools and Diocesan affiliated organizations taking advantage of the Foundation’s benefits by investing endowment funds, the Foundation can provide the long-term stability and guidance to grow our Catholic community in the Diocese of Richmond. During the July 8th Board of Directors Meeting, new board members were elected.  The Catholic Community Foundation welcomes, Reverend Daniel Brady, Ms. Susan Hickey, Mr. David Fiorenza, Reverend Mr. Adrian Marchi, and Ms. Christine Thomas. The appointments are immediate and in effect for a three-year term. In addition, the Catholic Community Foundation staff are: Ms. Margaret I. Keightley, Executive Director; Mr. Alex Previtera, Director of Development; Ms. Maggie F. Keenan, Ed.D., Director of Parish Development Services; Ms. M. Garbriela Gonza’lez, Director of Development for Hispanic Communities and support staff include: Ms. Jennifer Burkhead, Ms. Amanda Glass and Ms. Veronica Scholle.  Ms. Joyce A. Schreiber, former Director of Development of Schools, will now serve as Director of the McMahon Parater Foundation for Education. “This is an exciting time for the Diocese of Richmond. We have accomplished a great deal over the past two years and we look forward to the growth and work that lies ahead for us,” said Margaret I. Keightley, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond. About the Catholic Community Foundation of the Diocese of Richmond The Catholic Community Foundation is dedicated to enriching lives of the Catholic community in the Diocese of Richmond by encouraging faithful generosity and legacy giving.  It implements all stewardship and development efforts of the Diocese and holds itself to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. www.richmondcatholicfoundation.org

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2-Year Anniversary and New Board Members

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