Thank you for considering support for the Annual Appeal!
Each year, the Annual Appeal is an opportunity for us as a community of faith to help our neighbors’ corporal and spiritual needs. Through the Appeal, you help provide genuine acts of charity to our brothers and sisters. You make possible so much good in Catholic evangelization and education, priestly formation, social services to those struggling on the margins and in our midst, and ministries serving hospitals, university campuses, detention centers, and others in need.
Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the 2020 Annual Appeal. Click here to download a PDF version of this page.
Why should I donate to the Annual Appeal when I can support individual Catholic ministries?
As Catholics, we are united in our faith, the sacraments and the good works of the Church. The Annual Appeal is a way to support critical services and ministries of the Church in an effective and meaningful way, and to support ministries larger than any particular parish or agency. Further, there are many ministries supported by the Annual Appeal that do not have a means to receive support from direct charitable donations.
I want to support the Annual Appeal because I believe in the mission and ministries of the Church of Washington. However, I feel like the only way my voice can be heard is if I withhold support. What else can I do?
Archbishop Gregory is aware of your concerns. As he visits parishes throughout the archdiocese, Archbishop Gregory is listening and wants to hear more from parishioners. The Archdiocese of Washington has procedures in place for people to report financial or any other misconduct in one of our parishes, schools or ministries, using EthicsPoint, an independent reporting service. Additionally, the Archdiocese continues to insist that any allegation of abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult be reported to the police and other government agencies that deal with child abuse or elder abuse as well as to our Office for Child and Youth Protection and Safe Environment. Your voice has been heard and continues to be heard.
Is any support for the Annual Appeal used for legal fees or settlements related to the clergy abuse crisis?
No. The Annual Appeal funds are restricted to support only the mission and ministries outlined in the case for support. Funds received for the Annual Appeal are not used for any other purpose, including legal fees and/or settlements that the Archdiocese of Washington may incur.
What is the cost to conduct the Annual Appeal each year?
The annual cost for outreach, gift and data processing, pledge reminders, gift acknowledgments, and other correspondence relating to the Annual Appeal is seven (7) cents per dollar raised. The Archdiocese of Washington pays this cost from other revenue sources, so that 100% of donations support the ministries of the Annual Appeal.
Where can I find key financials on the Archdiocese of Washington, such as independent audits and IRS forms?
The Archdiocese of Washington is independently audited and produces a financial report each year. In addition, the Archdiocese completes a pro-forma IRS 990 form each fiscal year. The IRS Form 990 is the document that a majority of charity watchdogs uses to evaluate the financials of a nonprofit. Click here to view archdiocesan financial reports.
Are there other ways to contribute beyond writing a check or giving through my credit card?
Yes! We gratefully accept gifts from:
• Publicly-traded stocks, bonds and mutual funds
• Traditional IRA transfers (must be 70 1⁄2 or older)
• *Donor-advised funds and private foundations
• Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Our legal name is “Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington” and our CFC number is 71625.
*If you use a donor-advised fund, private foundation or a group charitable giving site, please include your name, parish and that it is for the Annual Appeal.