New initiative aims to bring philanthropic community together to build safer cultures
(Washington, DC) – Today, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) announces the formal launch of its “Commitment to Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection” initiative. This multi-year program seeks to protect vulnerable persons by building safer organizational cultures through specific steps outlined in its Funder Safeguarding Pledge. Inspired by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching, this initiative affirms the inherent dignity of the human person, as well as philanthropy’s role in promoting safeguarding best practices.
“Safeguarding is a public value and a priority for us as a Catholic philanthropic network,” said Alexia Kelley, President & CEO, FADICA. “Funders can play a critical role in making safeguarding a standard organizational best practice.”
Washington, DC (July 30, 2020) -- In announcing its 2020 awardees, FADICA celebrates five outstanding Catholic leaders for their meaningful contributions to Church and society, and their exemplary lives of service. “Each one of the awardees is a person of deep faith who give us hope and inspiration, especially during this challenging time,” said Alexia Kelley, President and CEO of FADICA, the leading philanthropic peer network serving as a catalyst for a vital Catholic Church and the common good. “FADICA is privileged to recognize each of them,” said Kelley.
Two of FADICA’s member-sponsored initiatives, which respond to the current pandemic, have recently been featured in the news. Sisters on the Frontlines, an innovative program that equips individual Catholic sisters with $1,000 each to assist people on the margins most affected by COVID, appeared in Catholic News Service and National Catholic Reporter. In addition, FADICA’s recently released report, “Open Wide the Doors to Christ: A Study of Catholic Social Innovation for Parish Vitality” was featured in Crux and NCR. You can find out more about Sisters on the Frontlines at Catholic Extension, which is administering the project. For more information about FADICA’s COVID-related initiatives, visit our dedicated webpage.
June 30, 2020
The killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and so many people of color by law enforcement violate a most fundamental teaching of our faith: the sacredness of human life and the inviolable dignity of the human person.
Our hearts break and we lament the historic and current realities of racism in our country, which continue to threaten the lives of our brothers and sisters of color and diminish the flourishing that God intends for all his children. We pray for the repose of the soul of those lost to racism and police brutality, and for the consolation of their families and loved ones.
As Pope Francis has said, in order to defend the sacredness of human life ‘we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form.’ To act and speak strongly against exclusion, we have embarked on an intentional discernment and listening process to identify action steps that we can contribute as a community of Catholic and Catholic-inspired funders to end racism.
Four key areas studied, eight characteristics identified
Washington, DC (June 2, 2020) -- Catholic parishes that are welcoming and missionary create real vitality in the life of the parish says a major new study titled, “Open Wide the Doors to Christ: A Study of Catholic Social Innovation for Parish Vitality.” The research was commissioned by FADICA, a unique peer network of philanthropists supporting Catholic activities, and conducted by Marti R. Jewell, D.Min. and Mark Mogilka, MSW, MA