What Is “The Annual Appeal”?
The Archdiocese of Washington conducts an annual appeal to support the mission and ministry of the Archdiocese. The Appeal provides people in all of our parishes and missions the opportunity to come together in support of a cause that improves the lives of thousands every year and strengthens the ministries and mission of the Church.
Why Should I Contribute?
The Appeal is an opportunity to share our financial gifts in order to help provide education, ministry and services throughout our community. Since we are not a congregational church, all parishioners are asked to join together in support of the central structure of our local Church. Every time that we say the Creed we reaffirm that we are members of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic church.” We are saying that every parishioner is a part not only of his or her parish but also of the Universal Church.
How much of my donation will be used for administrative overhead?
None. Every penny of your contribution—100%—directly supports the programs and charities that are part of the Appeal. All administrative costs associated with the Appeal are paid for from separate funding sources of the Archdiocese.
Are funds from the Appeal used to pay legal bills or settlements involving clergy sexual abuse?
No. Every penny of funds raised are used exclusively to support the programs and charities outlined in the Appeal brochure. The Archdiocese of Washington is committed to keeping children safe and to bringing healing to those harmed. To learn more the Archdiocese’s Child Protection Program and Policies, please click here.
Is there a minimum I need to donate?
There is no minimum. All gifts are gratefully accepted and valued. We seek to provide all Catholics the opportunity to prayerfully consider support for the Appeal in accordance with the gifts God has given to them so that, together, we can improve the lives of thousands of people and strengthen the ministry and outreach throughout the Archdiocese. Use the Personal Giving Guide to assist you in making your decision.
Will you accept other forms of gifts besides a check?
Yes. You may make a contribution by check, credit card or automatic debit of a credit card or checking/savings account. We also gratefully accept gifts of stock. For those who are 70 ½ or older, direct transfer gifts from a traditional IRA to the Archdiocese are also an option to support the Appeal.
You may also donate via your mobile phone by texting “Give” to (301) 231-1816. A link to a form will be sent back so you may make your gift right from your phone!
Click here to learn more about the many ways to support the Appeal.