Catholic Charities appeal raises $8 million, short of $9.5 million goal

Posted 10 July 2024 at 7:34 am

Press Release, Catholic Charities

BUFFALO – Appeal officials announced that Appeal 2024 in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith raised a total of $8,002,705 in cash and pledges, representing 84% of its $9.5 million goal. Appeal 2024 was launched in January and concluded on June 30.

“It’s because of the support and generosity of those who give through the annual Appeal that Catholic Charities can provide HOPE for those most in need – including individuals of all faiths and backgrounds – throughout Western New York, just as it has for the last century,” said Deacon Steve Schumer, president and CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “The 100th Appeal faced some challenges in 2024, and a significant need in our community remains. This is why we will do all that we can to ensure that we can continue to offer these crucial programs and services for the more than 145,000 individuals and families who are helped by Catholic Charities.”

The annual Appeal helps fund more than 50 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities along with several ministries through the Fund for the Faith. As the most comprehensive human services provider serving all eight counties of Western New York, Catholic Charities’ programs and services include behavioral health services, basic emergency assistance, food pantries, education and workforce training, family safety and stabilization programs, and immigration and refugee assistance. The Fund for the Faith provides needed funding for programs that support the faith experience across all parish communities, including hospital chaplaincy, and training for ordained and lay ministers, among others.

Catholic Charities’ full development efforts total $8,546,140 which includes the results of Appeal 2024 and $543,435 in bequests and donations directed to specific programs.

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