Washington, DC – For more than 35 years, the Catholic Funding Guide has served grantseeking Catholic ministries, helping them connect with funders who share in their mission and priorities.
A project of FADICA, the Guide is now expanding to serve Catholic philanthropy broadly, including both grantmakers and grantseekers, by connecting each to relevant resources and building community online to support mission impact.
Both funders and grantseekers can join the Guide’s community on the project’s website.
First published in 1998 as a print only resource, FADICA took the resource online in 2010 and 10 years later began a complete renovation and reimagination. The Guide’s director, Jon Jakoblich, was hired in 2020 to lead that effort. Jakoblich built a new website, complete with a digital portal that allows grant seekers to search for funders, funders to search through projects posted by grant seekers, and a Knowledge Center of articles and videos detailing philanthropy best practices.
“Faith based organizations have long been at the heart of the nonprofit sector, yet grant seeking remains a challenge,” Jakoblich says, “We renovated the Catholic Funding Guide not only to help address that challenge, but to give funders and grantseekers another point of connection through Amplify.”
The Guide’s Amplify feature is designed support connection between funders and grantseekers with aligned priorities. Grantseekers are able post projects in need of funding, and funders can search and identify projects that match their priorities. Funders can then communicate directly with those ministries through the Amplify feature.
Membership to the Catholic Funding Guide as a grantseeker also comes with Amplify, as well a year of unlimited access to the Guide’s expansive database, robust search filters, and contact information for over 1,800 funders.
The Catholic Funding Guide is a great tool for funders too, reminds Jakoblich, and it will launch a range of new features and resources for grantmakers in the coming months. “The Guide makes it easy to access trends and data in relevant fields of Catholic ministry. Funders can also connect directly with great Catholic organizations –ask questions, offer feedback, or even invite organizations to apply for funding.”
Funders can also search and engage other funders. The Guide enables searches by areas of interest, diocese, locations, asset amount and more.
“It’s all about building connections and providing the space for the Holy Spirit to move through and inspire funders and grant seekers, “ says Jakoblich, “I am just so grateful that FADICA has built this space, and thrilled to see the good work that is coming from the relationships made from our community.”