From the article: “We know engaging the next generation is beneficial to everybody, and it strengthens our mission,” said Dr. Maria Robinson who chairs the FADICA board. “Part of that engagement is passing on faith and values that began with the foundation and has been incorporated in everything that we do,” she said.
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.
In selecting Maka Black Elk for this award, FADICA identified Black Elk’s courageous leadership to address historical trauma and racial justice through the significant truth and healing process at Red Cloud Indian School, a Jesuit institution on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota; his faith-filled and inclusive approach to healing and reconciliation; and his leadership in the American Indian Catholic Schools Network and the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. With this recognition, Black Elk joins past award recipients who inspire greater leadership and service among Catholics for the Church and the common good.
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.”
Washington, DC (July 30, 2020) -- In announcing its 2020 awardees, FADICA celebrates five outstanding Catholic leaders for their meaningful contributions to Church and society, and their exemplary lives of service. “Each one of the awardees is a person of deep faith who give us hope and inspiration, especially during this challenging time,” said Alexia Kelley, President and CEO of FADICA, the leading philanthropic peer network serving as a catalyst for a vital Catholic Church and the common good. “FADICA is privileged to recognize each of them,” said Kelley.
Two of FADICA’s member-sponsored initiatives, which respond to the current pandemic, have recently been featured in the news. Sisters on the Frontlines, an innovative program that equips individual Catholic sisters with $1,000 each to assist people on the margins most affected by COVID, appeared in Catholic News Service and National Catholic Reporter. In addition, FADICA’s recently released report, “Open Wide the Doors to Christ: A Study of Catholic Social Innovation for Parish Vitality” was featured in Crux and NCR. You can find out more about Sisters on the Frontlines at Catholic Extension, which is administering the project. For more information about FADICA’s COVID-related initiatives, visit our dedicated webpage.