The Annual Catholic Appeal is an annual fundraising campaign that supports the parishes, schools, ministries, programs and agencies that serve the educational, physical and spiritual needs of the people of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Through Catholic Relief Services, the Appeal also serves people around the world, regardless of religious affiliation, whose lives are devastated by natural disasters, illnesses, wars and famine.
Faith is alive in parishes and schools, soup kitchens and counseling centers, on street corners and in churches. It’s lived through people of all backgrounds, from every neighborhood. People everywhere come together to support one another. It is in this spirit that the Appeal exists: to bring support gifts, and build strong communities through faith and your generosity.
Your Gift's Impact
Your contributions and generosity are deeply appreciated, much needed and make a real difference in the lives of many.
Each of us is responsible for the well-being of others within our Archdiocese and throughout world. The Annual Catholic Appeal is an opportunity to meaningfully support Catholic education, faith formation, community life ministries and programs for peace and justice here and everywhere.
Careful thought is given to the use of each and every gift. They are gifts to support God’s work, and we use them accordingly.
The Annual Catholic Appeal is an opportunity to share our financial gifts in order to help provide education, ministry and services throughout our community and the world. Since we are not a congregational church, all parishioners are asked to support 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. Each of us is responsible for the well-being of the Church in our parish, throughout the Archdiocese and the world.
Is there a minimum I need to donate?
There is no minimum. All gifts are gratefully accepted and valued. The goal is for all Catholics to consider a donation in accordance with the gifts God has given to them.
Any and every gracious donation is appreciated, because when we come together in the spirit of support, the ability to help those in need becomes infinite.
How much of my gift goes to administrative costs?
The Annual Catholic Appeal is committed to being the best possible steward of your gifts, which is why 90 cents of every dollar raised goes directly to the critical work of the schools, parishes, agencies and ministries of the Archdiocese of Chicago, including Catholic Relief Services. The Appeal operates at an efficiency of 10 cents per dollar, which includes all administrative and fundraising expenses. The standard benchmark from the Better Business Bureau is 35 cents per dollar.
Will you accept other forms of gifts besides a check?
Your gift or pledge payment(s) can be paid with a check, credit card or stock. Visit the Ways to Give page for more information.
Has the annual catholic appeal been used to pay legal bills involving clergy sexual abuse cases?
The Annual Catholic Appeal supports the work of the Church in the Archdiocese of Chicago. All funds raised are used exclusively and solely to support the ministries described in the accompanying materials. No monies donated to the Annual Catholic Appeal have been or will be used to defray expenses related to misconduct issues.