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Monday May 21, 2018
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Great news! The Diocese of Yakima approved the 2014 Seminarian Endowment Challenge Application

The diocese target goal is to raise $75,000 (Jan. 1 - Dec. 31, 2014) and Catholic Extension will match a maximum of $50,000.

Through this program, Catholic Extension is offering matching dollars raised for seminarian education endowment funds, up to a maximum of $50,000 per diocese. The specific matching ratio must be proposed individually by each participant in their application, but must be no less than $1 raised locally for every $1 matched (and may be higher, such as $2 or $3 raised locally for every $1 in matching funds). Catholic Extension will offer this opportunity to a limited number of dioceses in 2014.

In order to qualify for these funds, the following terms must be met. Funds raised will be designated only to a permanently restricted endowment fund designated specifically for seminarian education, and raised between January 1 and December 31, 2014. These gifts must be paid or transferred within the time frame established for the program and be received in cash or readily marketable securities and designated to this specific purpose.

  • Funds raised must be either new or increased major gifts of $1,000 or more, or money raised through special fundraising events (fundraising dinners, auctions, etc) specifically designated for this program. The amount matched will be the amount of the increase of a major gift or event compared with the prior year. General direct mail or diocesan annual appeals do not qualify.
  • Diocese must commit to a pre-designated fundraising target amount up to a maximum of $50,000 for this challenge, and must raise a minimum of 2/3 of that target amount by expiration date in order to receive the matching grant on the amount raised. Failure to meet the 2/3 target will make funds ineligible to activate Catholic Extension’s commitment.

This is a great opportunity to raise funds and have up to $50,000 matched. We have applied for this grant for the last three years. This is the first year we received this grant from Catholic Extension. The monies from Catholic Extension come from donors who as yourself generously support seminarians and future priests.

Questions? Concerns?

We're here to help:

Diocese of Yakima

Alma Benitez, Director of Stewardship and Development
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Phone: (509) 965-7117

Jim Perko, Chief Finance Officer
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Website: http://yakimadiocese.org