Catholic Emergency Response Fund Overview
As a result of the ongoing economic repercussions of the pandemic, people in communities throughout the archdiocese continue to face unprecedented challenges. Thousands in our state are food insecure and others are losing their utilities or homes. In order to help relieve some of the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Christ, the Catholic Foundation of North Georgia has created the Catholic Emergency Response Fund.
What is the fund?
The fund is designed to provide food and emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities to meet the urgent needs of individuals in communities most impacted by the virus.
What types of organizations will benefit from the fund?
Non-profit organizations that are
- within the Archdiocese of Atlanta
- provide food and emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities
- in communities difficult to reach or underserved through traditional channels
- in communities most impacted by the virus
What is the Foundation’s Role?
- Seeding the fund with $100,000
- Connecting the gifts of generous donors with organizations that serve those in need through grants
- Managing all administrative work associated with the granting process, allowing organizations to focus on their important ministries
How will the fund be distributed?
A special grants committee, composed of members of the Catholic Foundation’s Grants Committee and Pastors Advisory Council will determine the non-profit organizations which will receive grants. Priority will be given to organizations:
- whose mission is to provide food and emergency financial assistance for housing and utilities, including Catholic organizations such as the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Catholic Charities
- located in areas with Catholic parishes where there are fewer resources and great need
How can I help?
Is my gift tax deductible?
Even if you do not itemize your taxes, because of the new stimulus package passed by Congress, all donations up to $300 for individuals and $600 for married couples to the Catholic Emergency Response Fund are tax-deductible.
Why is this fund important?
“Through this fund, we can come together as a Catholic community to help those who are suffering during this pandemic and economic crisis know that we care,” said Nancy Coveny, Catholic Foundation President. “As a Catholic community, we can make an impact and shine Christ’s light to the corners of our archdiocese.”
“The Catholic Foundation will be sure that the funding goes to the organizations best at serving people in our communities experiencing a financial crisis.” She added, “With so many people in need right now, it is more important than ever that those of us who can, give. Please join with us now and make a gift to the Catholic Emergency Response Fund.”
What if I have additional questions?
Contact Catholic Foundation President Nancy Coveny at email@example.com.