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2015

Catholic Sisters Hopeful about Future: New Report Released by FADICA

Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA) released the report Understanding U.S. Catholic Sisters Today on December 9, 2015.  ...

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Sr. Joyce Meyer, PBVM and Catholic Sisters Recognized for Humanitarian Work Worldwide

Medicines for Humanity (MFH) presented Sr. Joyce Meyer, PBVM with the 2015 Humanitarian of the Year Award last month in Boston.

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CMMB Co-Hosts Panel on Sustainability, Health and Nutrition in the Face of Climate Change

More than 100 high-level regional and global leaders across domains discussed the impact of climate change on food and nutrition security and health at a forum co-sponsored by FADICA member Catholic Medical Mission Board (CMMB). CMMB Senior Vice President, Adrian V. Kerrigan, noted that climate change is undermining current efforts to reduce undernutrition, one of the world’s most serious but under-addressed socioeconomic and health problems. ...

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FADICA Praying for the Synod on the Family

FADICA joins in prayer for the Synod on the Family, which is taking place at the Vatican from Oct 4th to October 25th.  At the first official session, Pope Francis emphasized the church must be “a ‘field hospital’ with doors wide open to whoever knocks in search of help and support; to reach out to others with true love, to walk with our fellow men and women who suffer, to include them and guide them to the wellspring of salvation.

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FADICA Welcomes Pope Francis to U.S.

FADICA President Alexia Kelley welcomes Pope Francis to the U.S., on behalf of the FADICA Board of Directors and its members. In sharing her enthusiasm about his visit, she said, “I pray that Pope Francis’ historic visit will touch hearts and minds, so that the gospel will take root, where the poor and vulnerable shall be first, and the care for human dignity and God’s creation is central.” ...

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Pope Francis Thanks American Sisters in Historic Virtual Town Hall Meeting

On the eve of his historic visit to the United States, Pope Francis affectionately connected with audiences in three U.S. cities in surprise virtual town hall meetings. In Chicago, Cristo Rey Jesuit students gathered to video chat in the very same school chapel FADICA members visited during their June 2014 meeting. ...

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Job Opening: Communications Officer

FADICA is a leading network of Catholic foundations and philanthropists. A dynamic philanthropic peer community and catalyst, FADICA is committed to Catholic initiatives, promoting Catholic philanthropy and to impactful grant-making. FADICA seeks a highly motivated and team-oriented Communications Officer who is a self-starter and who can implement creative and effective strategies to communicate to FADICA’s unique constituencies. The ideal candidate has a track record of successfully driving a successful communications effort in an entrepreneurial environment, in support of an organization’s strategic goals and growth. ...

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National Symposium Calls for Increased Support for Hispanic Catholic Leaders

Over 120 leading Catholic philanthropists, bishops, educators, Hispanic ministry leaders and business leaders participated in the historic symposium, Hispanic Leadership and Philanthropy for a 21st Century Church, held in San Antonio, Texas, June 24-25, 2015. The dynamic gathering called for greater investment to support leadership development of those in Hispanic ministry. ...

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Pope Francis Calls on All to Care for the Earth

Pope Francis’ much-awaited encyclical contains an urgent challenge to protect our common home, the earth, and calls for an ecological approach that “hears both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.”  ...

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Exploring the Relationship Between Faith and Giving

Not much is known about the relationship between faith and giving, according to the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. In order to shed more light in this field, a group of scholars and experts in faith and philanthropy recently met at the inaugural Lake Institute Network of Emerging Scholars to discuss ways to expand the current knowledge.

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New Church Management Training in Italy

Catholic parishes in Italy are presently receiving church management training through a new program launched by the Villanova School of Business in Pennsylvania and the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome. In an interview with RNS, Charles Zech, Director of the Center for Church Management and Business Ethics at Villanova, said the collaboration is expected to have "an immediate impact."...

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New Study Shows Vitality of Religious Life

At the recent international symposium The Nun in the World: Catholic Sisters and Vatican II, Sr. Gemma Simmonds, CJ, Director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop College, presented a two-year international study on the Religious Life Vitality Project. In her keynote address, Sr. Gemma described how the world has changed and how religious life has kept up with growing demands. The project is supported by a grant from FADICA Member Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

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Celebrating Arts, Leadership and Excellence

Catholic students from the Catholic Partnership Schools (CPS) in Camden, NJ recently took the stage for the 5th Annual Dreams of Our Children event to proudly present their achievements in academics, the arts, and student leadership. FADICA Member Christine Healey invited FADICA staff to accompany her to the celebration that also honored 22 high school seniors who had attended CPS elementary schools and were accepted into colleges across the country. Funded by the Healey Education Foundation, CPS is a Catholic school management organization for five elementary schools that serve Camden's low-income families. ...

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A Mother's Love: 30 Years of Turning Despair Into Hope

Philanthropist and FADICA Member Mary Cunningham Agee turned her own personal tragedy into hope and healing for thousands of expectant mothers through the creation of The Nurturing Network (TNN). "The inspiration for founding The Nurturing Network occurred after I lost my first child in a late miscarriage,” said Mary. “Whenever I have experienced a major loss in my life, I try to view it as a profound invitation to come closer to the compassionate love of God.

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Upcoming Board Strategies Webinars

FADICA Member SC Ministry Foundation in partnership with BoardSource will offer two free upcoming webinars, Pivotal Points: The Board’s Role in Leadership Transitions, on May 8, and The Board’s Role in Fundraising, on June 2. Learn more about their previous webinar on The Board Building Cycle with the webinar recording, handouts and slides.

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Mobilizing Response After Earthquake Devastates Nepal

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and its Caritas partners have mobilized an immediate response to address the devastation caused by the earthquake that struck Nepal, which has killed over 4,000 to date. CRS is supporting the emergency effort with critical supplies for families left homeless by the quake. The 7.9 quake is reported to be the worst to hit the area in 80 years, according to CRS. Learn more about the current response.

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Valuing Performance Assessment

The overwhelming majority of nonprofit leaders are expressing a strong desire for support and advice from foundations on evaluations and data collection for performance assessment efforts, according to a report from The Center for Effective Philanthropy. However, the Chronicle of Philanthropy claims that few resources are allocated towards program performance measurement. Of the organizations included in this study, 39% “report having at least a moderate amount of discussion with foundations about assessment,” pointing to new opportunities for philanthropic support.

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Gen Z Philanthropy in the Digital Era

Digital tools and virtual platforms are facilitating innovative, dynamic fundraising and crowd-funding initiatives by youth in high school or younger. The National Center for Family Philanthropy has some helpful resources and examples on how to support Gen Z philanthropy. ...

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Cultivating a Vibrant Church

FADICA members recently gathered at the organization’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Symposium: Cultivating a Vibrant Church: Mission on the Margins. The symposium focused on how Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries abroad help put missionary discipleship into action, by serving people on the margins and living the Church’s mission. Notable Catholic leaders and scholars addressed the role of Catholic philanthropists in cultivating a vibrant Church and the importance of a global Church at the margins. 

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FADICA Members Participate in Lenten Reflections

FADICA recently held a Member Dialogue, Lenten Reflections on Our Faith and Vocation led by Fr. Dave Kelly, C.PP.S., Executive Director of Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation in Chicago. With extensive experience in family and youth reconciliation in conflict situations, Fr. Kelly shared a reflection on the spirituality of reconciliation and its tangible effects on our everyday lives. He explored the “Holy Saturday moment” where we are called not to run away from suffering but rather accept and share our stories of sorrow with one another and meditate on Christ’s presence. He also emphasized the importance of becoming "ambassadors of reconciliation," and creating communities of hope. 

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On Faith, Life and Work

FADICA member Tom Healey of the Healey Family Foundation recently reflected at the Speaking of Faith series on the integration of faith in his life and work. 

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FADICA Celebrates 2nd Anniversary of Pope Francis

FADICA joins in celebrating the 2nd anniversary of the election of Pope Francis on March 13. We offer our prayers for Pope Francis and his leadership as he continues to inspire Catholics and non-Catholics alike. A recent Pew survey revealed that the Pope’s popularity continues to grow in the U.S.

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Honoring Women Religious During National Catholic Sisters Week

The annual celebration of National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW), March 8-14, is a time to shine a national spotlight on the good works and good will of Catholic sisters. To honor women religious both past and present, a series of events are being held around the country that recognizes their selfless service and legacy. Held in conjunction with National Women’s History Month and during the Year of Consecrated Life, #NCSW also serves to inspire young women to learn more about women religious. Headquartered at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, NCSW is supported by a generous grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a FADICA member.

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GEO 2014: Is Grantmaking getting Smarter?

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.

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Human Trafficking Awareness and Prayer Day

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 human trafficking, please visit the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking website.

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World Day of Peace Message 2015 to Focus on Slavery

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.

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Vatican’s Ebola Response

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 conflict, social unrest, and abject poverty.” Read more at: "Expanding the Catholic Church's Commitment to the Ebola Emergency Response"

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