Local faithful help CSAF exceed $9.3 million goal

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wrapping up its 2014 campaign, the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation has exceeded its $9.3 million fundraising goal in pledges and has distributed nearly $8 million to 17 different ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

“As a separate foundation, we have worked really hard,” said Tim Healy, president of the CSAF board of directors.

Beneficiaries of the funds range from Catholic schools and seminaries to evangelization and Latino Ministry. (See complete list at left.)

Recently, a group of CSAF board members and staff met with all the ministries to hear the stories of how CSAF funds impact people’s lives.

Among those lives changed are prisoners who get to hear the Gospel and participate in the Eucharist thanks to prison chaplains.

“It was a great day, a great way to see how God is working through these dollars,” Healy said. “These dollars change lives. That speaks to the people who are committed to delivering God’s mercy on the street level.”

CSAF continues to raise money to pay for operating expenses not included in its $9.3 million goal.

Success as an independent foundation

Last January, the Catholic Services Appeal, the annual fundraising drive of the archdiocese, became an independent, tax-exempt non-profit corporation to receive and distribute all donor dollars from the appeal.

CSAF started with four board members and now has 13. It also has two full-time employees who already are preparing for the 2015 appeal, which will reflect a re-branding, including a new logo.

“We’re pretty excited to continue to do the work,” Healy said.

Contributions made to ministries from the 2014 Catholic Services Appeal Foundation as of Dec. 10

Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women: $22,669
Campus ministries: $232,900
Catholic Charities: $1,100,000
Catholic elementary schools: $1,270,040
Catholic secondary schools: $892,500
Deaf Ministry: $36,247
Evangelization: $65,571
Hospital and prison chaplains: $681,590
Indian Ministry: $171,232
Latino Ministry: $173,732
Marriage, Family and Life: $387,439
St. John Vianney College Seminary:  $265,843
The Saint Paul Seminary: $958,499
Venezuelan Mission: $193,802

Total: $7,998,030

For more information about these specific ministries, visit http://www.csafspm.org.

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