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FADICA Announces 2022 St. Katharine Drexel Award in Catholic Philanthropy Honorees

Washington, DC (February 11, 2022) — Three inspiring Catholic philanthropic leaders have been selected as recipients of the 2022 St. Katharine Drexel Award in Catholic Philanthropy. In honoring these awardees, FADICA celebrates their immeasurable contributions to the Church and their communities and commends their generous service to others.

“Each year, FADICA recognizes outstanding Catholic philanthropic leaders whose vocation of giving recall the spirit of St. Katharine Drexel,” said Alexia Kelley, President and CEO of FADICA, the leading Catholic-inspired philanthropic peer network. “The 2022 honorees reflect St. Katharine’s philanthropic approach through servant leadership and innovation for a vital Church and the common good,” Kelley continued.

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Oglala Sioux Leader, Maka Black Elk, Selected for FADICA’s 2021 Catholic Leadership Award

Thursday July 29, 2021

(Washington, DC) –

Maka Akan Najin Black Elk, a leader in Native American and Catholic education for truth, healing and reconciliation, has been unanimously selected by the FADICA Board of Directors as the recipient of the organization’s 2021 Distinguished Catholic Leadership Award. The Distinguished Catholic Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated outstanding initiative, a spirit of service and visionary leadership in contributing to the renewal and vitality of the Catholic Church.   

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FADICA Launches Multi-Year “Commitment to Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection” Initiative

Tuesday February 23, 2021

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.”

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FADICA member Tom Healey in Commonweal: How Bishops Can Restore Public Trust

From the article: “Regaining the trust of the public means demonstrating the values of accountability, transparency, and co-responsibility—values that undergird successful leadership and management cultures across many sectors. This new culture and its values must be accompanied by measures that show how people and structures are performing, and steps for taking remedial action when those measures aren’t met.”

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FADICA’s Human Trafficking Report Featured in National Catholic Reporter

FADICA’s report that studies what Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. are doing to combat human trafficking has been featured in a new article by National Catholic Reporter on January 11, 2019, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Agents of Awakening: Review of Anti-Human Trafficking Activities at U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities was spearheaded by FADICA’s International Philanthropy Working Group, in which FADICA members take action on international, critical areas of concern for Catholic

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