Friends, parishioners and graduates of Jesuit schools helped the Maryland and USA Northeast Jesuits launch successful Giving Tuesday campaigns in November, raising more than $12,000 in a one-day online giving campaign supporting senior Jesuits and Jesuits in formation.
Giving Tuesday is a giving movement built by individuals, organizations and communities around the globe. For the past several years, Jesuit provinces throughout the country have joined other apostolates in connecting donors with specific, mission-critical fundraising opportunities.
“Just as the Jesuits from our province are serving near and far, we received support from friends, graduates of Jesuit schools, parishioners and family members who took a few moments to acknowledge the ways the Jesuits have shaped their lives,” said James Skurka.
In the USA Northeast Province, funds from the campaign helped the province care for Jesuits living at its two health care communities, Murray-Weigel Hall in the Bronx and Campion Center in Weston, Mass. Additionally, donor support from the campaign helped fund the Jesuit formation process, the thorough training Jesuits go through that prepares them for service as ordained priests or religious brothers.
“Giving Tuesday is a cost-effective way to offer a wide audience a chance to become a part of our mission,” commented Sherri Weil, director of advancement for the Maryland Province.
The support from all regions of the East Coast offered a promising potential for future efforts as both provinces continue to find new and meaningful ways to engage constituents.
“More than a dozen donors to the campaign took the opportunity to make their first gift to the Jesuits, so we’re particularly grateful for those who responded to this calling,” James Skurka said. “For those who have consistently supported the Jesuits generously, this hopefully was a nice chance for them to connect with our mission in a new way and to share that connection with others.”