The Northeast Ohio Catholic community came together on Tuesday, November 29, Giving Tuesday, in an extraordinary way to support the important work of 157 participating Catholic schools, parishes, ministries, Catholic Charities sites and programs, and other nonprofits through an historic online effort, named #weGiveCatholic. This first-ever online day of Catholic Giving in Northeast Ohio raised awareness of the important work of Catholic organizations that serve people of all faiths, races and backgrounds in our region.
During the 24-hour giving window, 4,147 gifts were made to raise a total of $414,199, which included $55,000 in pre-sponsored prize money, secured by the Catholic Community Foundation. Throughout the day, participating organizations had the opportunity to compete for cash prizes.
Catholic Charities’ had 19 programs participating in the day and collectively raised over $17,000.
“The Northeast Ohio Catholic community came together as one on Tuesday and displayed a collective spirit of giving and caring that exemplifies our life as Catholics,” says Patrick Grace, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation. “The money raised will not only help parishes, schools , ministries and nonprofits carry out their mission, but also inspires a greater sense of presence and purpose in our Northeast Ohio region.”
Bishop Richard Lennon expresses his gratitude to those who donated in saying, “I want to especially thank people during this season of Advent, a time when we celebrate God’s generosity to us as we await with hope the arrival of the Christ child.”
A list of participating organizations and Giving Day results can be viewed at www.weGiveCatholic.org.