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The Grantmakers for Effective Organizations' most recent study (2014) underscores the role of grantmakers in increasing and supporting the successful capacity of NGOs. Although it reveals dynamic feedback processes for strengthening program strategies, it also points to important challenges on cooperation issues between funders and grantees.  For more information, download their infographic. [full release »]

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Sunday February 8, 2015 marked the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.  Held on the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Catholic sister who escaped slavery in 1889, the day promoted awareness of trafficking and offered “compounded prayer” to survivors of trafficking. Find out more about this first ever day of prayer, and some of the Catholic Church’s work against trafficking in the U.S. and globally.   Read more at: Catholics called to do everything in their power to end trafficking For resources to raise awareness of h... [full release »]

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

On January 1st, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ message for the 48th World Day of Peace entitled, “Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters," the message calls for an end to human trafficking and slavery— a strong priority and concern of Pope Francis.    Read about Catholic sisters who were instrumental in the Pope’s choice of this theme. [full release »]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace released a plan, Expanding the Catholic Church's Commitment to the Ebola Emergency Response  which provides details of how the church has responded to the Ebola crisis to date on the local level and what more needs to be done. (CNS, 01.07.2015) The plan notes that “the Church has been providing health care for decades in this region and is an essential part of the overall health care infrastructure. The health care system has been overwhelmed by this epidemic and already had been facing grave challenges as a result of years of armed conf... [full release »]

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

This Christmas, as we prepare room for the Christ child born in Bethlehem, two Catholic ministries demonstrate Christ's incarnation every day in the very town where Christ was born. Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem supports vulnerable mothers and babies. And Bethlehem University, a Christian Brothers ministry, is an oasis of peace and the only Catholic university in the Holy Land. [full release »]

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cardinal Felix Recognized for Work with Poor & Disenfranchised

At the first papal consistory held earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Kelvin Edward Felix to Cardinal in recognition of Cardinal Felix’s lifetime of selfless service to the poor and disenfranchised. Born in Dominica and ordained in 1956, he is the first cardinal to be named from the Antilles bishops' conference. While serving as Archbishop in St. Lucia, Cardinal Felix worked tirelessly serving the needs of primary and secondary Catholic schools, vocational schools, and homes for the elderly, homeless and orphans.   Currently in Dominica, Cardinal Felix continues ... [full release »]

Monday, October 06, 2014

A Different Africa in Wake of Ebola Epidemic

On the ground in Liberia, Msgr. Robert Vitillo of Caritas International reflects on the "No Touch" policy in place to address the current Ebola epidemic in Ebola-affected countries in Africa. “From the moment that our plane touched down, we were confronted with buckets of bleach water…and with people armed with ‘gun thermometers’ to take our temperatures before we could even step into the terminal building,” Msgr. Vitillo said. Learn more about what the international community can do to help. [full release »]

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Charitable giving by Americans continues to rise according to Giving USA 2014: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2013.  Unfortunately, charitable contributions to religious organizations have not kept up the pace. Overall contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations totaled $335 billion in 2013, a 3 percent increase over 2012, when adjusted for inflation, according to the report. In the last decade, total giving has increased by over $97 billion or over $34 billion when adjusted for inflation. If the total giving continues to grow at the current, inflated a... [full release »]

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

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