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W RITINGI N - D E P TH ANALYSIS O R I G IN ALD ESIG N 2017

The Bi-Weekly Publication of The Catholic Diocese of Lexington

Have a Blessed Christmas and a Joyous New Year!

T.F. Shaughnessy

Editor

LEXINGTON. The Diocese of Lexington raised a total of $176,000 in online and offline giving, through the annual #iG- iveCatholic fundraising cam-

Diocese's institutions raise $176K in first #iGiveCatholic campaign

Diocesan stafftrack the results on "Giving Tuesday." CR photo: Skip Olson

paign, held Nov. 28. The diocese joined 16 oth- er arch/dioceses nationwide, which collectively received $3.6 million in donations. The 17 total dioceses represented 600 organizations, parishes, schools, and ministries with the #iGive- Catholic platform. Twenty-eight ministries within the Diocese of Lexington participated, with Lexington drawing 7th of 17 for online donor support, with an average gift of $119. Lexington garnered $84,826 in online do- nations and another $91,174 in offline donations. The #iGiveCatholic online campaign occurs on "Giving Tuesday," the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, as the philanthrop- ic counterbalance to Black Friday. This year was the first time that the Diocese of Lexington and its institutions participated. The Diocese of Lexington's first year result and the platform to build community through this type of fundraising effort, highlights the generosity and Catholic philanthropy within our Catholic community," said Jeremy Hughes, diocesan coordi- nator for #iGiveCatholic. "This helped to bring awareness of our various mission needs, during a concentrated giving event, to ensure our missions have viable options to be sustainable for gen- erations to come." The diocese's institutions re- ceived gifts from 917 individual donors, from 24 states, the District of Columbia, and Great Britain. Holy Family Parish and Holy Family School, Ashland, were the powerhouses of the drive, garner- ing $35,515 and $51,485, respec- tively. Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Lexington, placed third among the 28 participating institutions with $18,225 in do- nations, and St. Mark Church, Richmond rounded out the front- runners with $16,125. On behalf of all our partici- pating Catholic ministries, par- ishes, and schools within the diocese, we are very appreciative of the turnout and support from 900-plus donors who collectively came together to support our var- ious mission needs," Hughes said. The results from our first Catholic crowdfunding event ex- emplify how much our commu- nity cares about giving thanks and giving back. We thank each person who chose to support our various missions by giving Cath- olic," he said. n

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