CATHOLIC CHARITIES ACCEPTS $35,000 GIFT FROM
VOICE OF COMPASSION-BOSTON FUND
Newton, Mass. - April 8, 2003 - Voice of the Faithful has
learned that Catholic Charities will accept the charitable gifts
totaling approximately $35,000, constituting the second installment
of the Voice of Compassion-Boston Fund, administered by the National
Catholic Community Foundation (NCCF).
"We understand the difficult position the Archdiocese of Boston
has placed Catholic Charities in, and pray that in the future, politics
and power will not become a barrier to obstruct heartfelt gifts
from reaching those in need," said Jim Post, president, Voice of
the Faithful. "We are grateful to Catholic Charities for quickly
allocating the $56,000 from the fund's first gift and are confident
that they will rapidly distribute the second gift of $35,000 to
help ease difficult circumstances that face Boston-area residents."
The policy of not accepting donations from Catholics who seek full
accountability for its distribution sets a dangerous precedent for
those considering future donations to the Archdiocese of Boston.
"Voice of the Faithful members want their money to support the valuable
programs of the Church; however we also seek to hold its administration
accountable for trustworthy financial management," Post added.
The Voice of the Compassion-Boston Fund has three simple criteria
associated with receiving its gifts:
- All proceeds must
be utilized directly for charitable purposes, not for overhead
or administrative costs;
- All programs benefiting
from these gifts must be identified and;
- Full, public accountability
must be registered with NCCF regarding the gift's distribution.
About the Voice of Compassion-Boston Fund
The Voice of Compassion-Boston Fund was initiated by Voice
of the Faithful to respond to concerns about the decline in contributions
to the Cardinal's Appeal 2002 and the resulting impact on the important
programs, services and ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston.
The Cardinal's Appeal supports over 80 programs that include spiritual
and family programs, support for inner-city parishes, educational
programs, Catholic schools and campus ministries, seminaries, health
ministries and social services and property management and facilities
maintenance. Distribution of Voice of Compassion-Boston Fund's gifts
are intended to mirror the distribution of funds from the Cardinal's
Appeal. However, Voice of Compassion funds will be applied only
to direct costs of these ministries, not to their indirect costs
or to general administrative or fund-raising expenses of the Archdiocese.
For more information regarding the Voice of Compassion-Boston Fund
About National Catholic Community Foundation (NCCF)
The National Catholic Community Foundation was founded in 1997 as
a ministry to help donors become engaged in philanthropy. Now celebrating
its fifth anniversary, NCCF offers a comprehensive array of services
to donors and charitable organizations, including: the opportunity
for multi-generational philanthropy; flexibility to distribute funds
both nationally and internationally; and the resources of experienced
individuals in philanthropy, the Catholic Church, and finance. For
more information, please visit their web
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