Philanthropy News

Representatives from 21 countries participated in an April gathering at the Vatican as part of the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative, through its parent organization, Pax Christi International, Vatican News reported. Drafted following the meeting, a statement promoting nonviolence, available here, reads, “As Christians committed to faithfully following in the footsteps of Jesus, we are called to take a clear stand for active nonviolence and against all forms of violence.”

The Catholic Impact Investing Collaborative (aka CIIC- pronounced "seek") works to spread impact investing through building community, sharing experiences, and learning from each other. Visit the website for helpful resources on impact investing and sign up for updates.

The annual Giving USA report was released this month, indicating the highest total giving ($390.1 billion) in the report’s 60-year history.

Catholic Relief Services made its first impact investment, and FADICA member Michael Rauenhorst of the MGR Foundation was a key participant in the landmark investment. MGR participated in the blended capital investment of $500,000. The investment will be in Lafaza, a U.S.-based agriculture company that sells vanilla sourced directly from smallholder farmers in Madagascar.

On Tuesday, November 29 the philanthropic and nonprofit community celebrated #GivingTuesday, the social media initiative inspiring generosity and collaborative giving amidst holiday shopping.