Frequently Asked Questions
1 What is mission of the Re-Igniting Our Faith Campaign?
The mission of the Re-Igniting Our Faith Campaign is to strengthen our parishes as communities of faith, both spiritually and economically.
Through this campaign, the Re-Igniting Our Faith Foundation seeks to ensure parish communities are dynamic, welcoming and well-positioned to spread the Joy of the Gospel, now and in the future.
2 What is the Re-Igniting Our Faith Campaign goal and what will the funds raised support?
Re-Igniting Our Faith is a $45 million Diocesan-wide campaign. To achieve this goal, every parish in the Diocese will run a parish campaign to:
- Build the local Church;
- Provide critical funding to assist our retired priests;
- Provide support for seminary vocations;
- Invest in evangelization; and,
- Support Catholic schooling resources.
3 Why do we need to implement a major fundraising campaign?
We are called by Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to evangelize, to spread the Good News. But where do we start? The focus of Re-Igniting Our Faith is designed to do just that with the funds raised to support the local needs of our parishes, strengthen the overarching parish community of faith, and spread the Joy of the Gospel.
Parishes are the lifeblood of the Diocese and they remain at the center of our priority. Today’s Catholics are responsible for ensuring that our parishes and ministries have the resources to provide the proper environment to teach, prepare and nurture the current and future generations of Catholics.
4 Who will be asked to support the Re-Igniting Our Faith Campaign?
All parishioners/households in the Diocese of Albany will be asked to participate in this historic endeavor by making sacrificial gives of time, talent and treasure.
The campaign is being implemented in a phased approach, within each parish. Each parishioner will be solicited for the campaign at the appropriate time. While not all parishioners will be able to give at the same level, each will be asked to make the same sacrifice, with gifts being able to be fulfilled over a three- to five-year period.
5 How are parishes being asked to participate?
Parishes are expected to put forth a good-faith effort in reaching their campaign goals for the good of the local parish, and the support of the Church. A “good-faith effort” will entail parish leaders: making a minimum of 25 personal visits; requesting a specific, proportional gift from each parish family; implementing a personal approach to requests, including face-to-face solicitations; adhering to the campaign timetable; being a positive, vocal advocate of the campaign; communicating campaign successes at the local level; and, conducting at least one in-pew commitment weekend. Every parish will be provided a campaign plan to follow and assigned a Campaign Director to guide them through campaign implementation.
Parish campaigns will be implemented in a series of phases over a six- to eight-month period in one of the following campaign blocks:
July 2017 – April 2018 Pilot Phase
December 2017 – September 2018 Block 1
June 2018 – March 2019 Block 2
November 2018 – June 2019 Block 3
6 Who will lead the campaign?
Along with the Pastor or Parish Life Director, and designated Campaign Director, a core group of parish volunteers will need to be recruited to assist with the planning and implementation of the campaign plan. Volunteers to be recruited will include a Campaign Chair(s) and Campaign Leadership Committee Members.
7 How are the parish goals determined?
All parish goals will be determined by a common formula. Each parish goal will be set at 125% of the average of regular ordinary income from 2014 to 2016, rounded up to the nearest increment of $5,000.
8 How are the funds raised split 70/30?
The funds contributing to the 70% should address the parishes most pressing programmatic and capital needs that will best position the parish to bolster their community of faith and continue to spread the Joy of the Gospel for generations to come.
The funds contributing to the 30% will be allocated to ensuring the viability of ministries that are vital to the future of our parishes. This will included: providing critical funding to assist our retired priests; providing support for seminary vocations; investing in evangelization; and, providing support for Catholic schooling resources.
9 What if a parish goes over their goal?
In the event that the parish exceeds their campaign goal, the parish will then receive 80% of the funds raised over goal to be used for the areas defined in their case for support. Once a parish has raised 120% of their campaign goal, all campaign funds will be given to the parish.
10 What if a parish does not reach its goal?
Providing a parish has made a ‘good-faith effort’ and followed the campaign plan, it will still receive 70 cents on every dollar collected.
11 How much should parish families consider pledging?
All parishioners/households will be asked for a specific campaign gift amount. However, we ask that each family make a thoughtful and prayerful decision when considering their pledged gift to the Re-Igniting Our Faith Campaign.
12 How can I make a gift to the campaign?
Campaign gifts may be made outright or as a pledge. Gifts to the campaign are payable over a five-year period and can be made in a variety of ways.
In addition to gifts of cash, donors can make their contribution through publicly-traded stock, mutual fund shares, retirement fund assets, life insurance policies, real estate, planned gifts, and other forms of payment. Donors may also pursue matching gifts from their employers.
13 How long will the gift redemption period last?
Donors are being asked to make a pledged commitment, payable over three to five years. This allows individuals and families to stretch their gift by spreading their contributions over multiple-year periods.
14 Are gifts to the campaign tax deductible?
Yes. Gifts and pledge payments made to Re-Igniting Our Faith are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. An acknowledgment of your gift will be sent to you from the Re-Igniting Our Faith Foundation for income tax purposes.
15 Why are donors asked to complete a pledge form?
Pledge forms aid in appropriately recording and acknowledging commitments, tracking campaign progress and in providing donors with a reminder of subsequent payments according to the schedule they request. Donors are asked to sign the pledge form, indicating that they have authorized the terms of the gift indicated on the card. A pledge card is not a legally binding document, it is an intended good-faith effort.
16 Who should donors make checks payable to?
All contributions should be made payable to ‘Parish Name – Re-Igniting Our Faith.’
17 How are the campaign expenses currently being paid?
Campaign-related costs will be borne by the Foundation’s share of funds. Total expenses attributed to implementing the Re-Igniting Our Faith campaign include: material design and printing; postage; gift processing; parish support via campaign council (Changing Our World, Inc.) and Re-Igniting Our Faith Foundation staff; and, public relations and marketing, including video, social media and digital communications. Every effort will be made to restrict costs to less than 10% of the overall campaign goal.
18 Will the Re-Igniting Our Faith Foundation publish an independent annual report?
19 Will the Bishop’s Appeal continue?
Yes. The Bishop’s Appeal is vital to continue the day-to-day work of the ministries of the Diocese.
20 How is Re-Igniting Our Faith different from the Bishop’s Appeal?
The Bishop’s Appeal raises approximately $7.5 million annually and provides the critical operational annual funding for diocesan ministries and programs. Re-Igniting Our Faith is a Diocesan-wide campaign to fund our Gospel mission. The campaign is above and beyond the regular operating expenses that the appeal supports. The campaign is an opportunity to prepare our parishes for the future, to bolster our parish communities and spread the Joy of the Gospel. It will allow parishes to address local long-term and extraordinary needs, as well as provide support to the ministries and programs that serve the parish communities.
For more information on the difference between the Bishop’s Appeal and Re-igniting Our Faith, please review this document.
21 How will the campaign affect parish offertory collection?
Parishes rely on their offertory and this is expected to remain consistent. Throughout the campaign, pastors will ask parishioners to make commitments above and beyond their regular giving. Parishioners are asked not to diminish giving to the offertory or to the Bishop’s Appeal. Instead they are asked to prayerfully consider a sacrificial gift above and beyond their current giving.