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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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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.

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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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Early Giving Builds Momentum for the 2017 Annual Diocesan Appeal

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...


The Foundation’s Annual Report 2016

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


St. Nicholas Catholic Church Holds a Life and Legacy Planning Seminar

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...


Saint Francis Home 2016 Annual Appeal Success

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...


2-Year Anniversary and 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.