Washington, DC - A popular and authoritative resource for locating grant support for Catholic-sponsored activities and programs has been updated and published.

The Catholic Funding Guide, Seventh Edition, features short profiles on foundations, Catholic funding agencies in the U.S. and abroad, as well as fraternal and religious organizations. The Guide also contains guidance and commentary on the world of Catholic giving and basic information on the grantmaking process.

The Guide was first published in 1998. An online version was introduced to the public in 2009, making it now available as both a book and web-based database. The online version of the Guide is continuously updated and subscribers are sent quarterly emails alerting them to changes.

The Guide is now considered by many as the most comprehensive compilation of information on funders with a Catholic focus. The seventh edition contains information on grantmakers whose combined annual contributions total some $10 billion, and over 250 new entries from the previous edition published three years ago. Editors have removed some 187 entries from the previous edition because funding agencies have closed or refocused their giving.

A wide array of Catholic leaders commenting on The Catholic Funding Guide on the occasion of its new edition complement its practical and timely importance to Catholic ministry. Bishop Blase J. Cupich of the Diocese of Spokane remarks that The Catholic Funding Guide “has been a helpful handbook in the home missions, where the church’s work covers vast territory, but where financial resources are extremely limited.”

The Catholic Funding Guide provides a jumpstart for those whose great ideas need to find their way to generous benefactors,” says the Provincial of the Oblates of St. Francis DeSales, the Reverend Jim Greenfield, OMI.

The Catholic Funding Guide “is a wellspring of information” asserts Sister Mary Scullion, RSM, Executive Director of Project H.O.M.E. of Philadelphia.

Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) represents the largest private social service network serving the poor in the U.S. CCUSA President Father Larry Snyder says of The Catholic Funding Guide, “…in a time of high unemployment and economic challenges… the Guide is a timely and useful tool for our volunteers and staff.”

In introducing the Seventh Edition to the public, William F. Raskob, Board Chair of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA), says the Guide is intended to make the grant seeker’s task “both interesting and stress free.”

“The editors are mindful,” says Mr. Raskob, “that the Guide is intended to improve the quality of grant applications going to funding agencies…”

“Fundraising is a relationship building process, a partnership in which grantee and donor work together to achieve something good for others,” Mr. Raskob says in his acknowledgements of the Guide’s publication.

“The Guide is intended to be a bridge to facilitate this dynamic and interactive process with the world of Catholic oriented giving,” he adds.

Orders for The Catholic Funding Guide, Seventh Edition can be placed through the FADICA website or by contacting FADICA at 1350 Connecticut Ave, NW, Suite 825, Washington, DC 20036-1741; (202) 223-3550.

A book sells for $165.00 plus shipping ($20 Domestic/$30 International). One-year subscriptions to The Catholic Funding Guide Online are $110.