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Stewardship & Development

There are different gifts but the same Spirit; there are different ministries but the same Lord; there are different works but the same God who accomplishes all of them in everyone.  To each person the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the coming good.
(1 Cor. 12:4-7)
Latest News From Stewardship and Development

The Office of Stewardship & Development
Joseph Scialabba Director
Christopher Ringkamp Associate Director,
Stewardship and Parish Outreach 

(Major Gifts, Second Century Fund and Misciagna Challenge)
Denise Moyer-Hand Annual Funds Manager
(Annual Catholic Appeal)
Jamie Johnson Development Coordinator for the
Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry
Carol Galioto Office Systems Coordinator
Doreen Mills Administrative Secretary
Mary Boslet
Office Clerk
mboslet@dioceseaj.org

Diocese of Altoona - Johnstown 
Office of Stewardship and Development 
124 Logan Boulevard 
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648 
Phone: (814) 695-5577 
Fax:    (814) 696-9516 

 
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2004 Annual Catholic Appeal Nears Conclusion 
The end of the year means the completion of the 2004 Annual Catholic Appeal, which provides critical support to Diocesan ministries.  We hope that every one of our Diocesan staff members has made a gift to the appeal this year.  The support that all of us as members of Bishop's staff and our lay leaders and volunteers show is an important sign of commitment to our work together.  If you have not made a gift and would like to for the 2004 ACA, or if you would like to make an additional contribution before December 31, please contact our office or your parish office.
Annual Funds Manager Denise Moyer-Hand offers the following  ACA results as of December 10, 2004.
Comparing this year's results with the same time last year, total giving to the appeal is up 1.4 percent with a $16,000 increase in net funds toward the Diocesan goal. 
Fifty-six parishes are "overgoal" at this time in 2004 compared to 53 last December.
The percentage of participating households is up 1 percent from a year ago and at 38.7 percent is already surpassed the 38.2 percent figure for the entire 2003 campaign.
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Year End Giving -- Made Quick and Easy On the Internet!
If you (or someone you know) is interested in making a charitable gift via debit or credit card at the end of the calendar year, there is an easy and secure way to make a contribution online through the nonprofit website of Network For Good.
Instructions are:
Go to: http://www.networkforgood.org/donate/  
Option 1: Advanced Search (left column) type "Altoona Johnstown Diocese" & Select "Pennsylvania" and then submit (click or enter).
Then, click on the link for Catholic Schools Diocese of Altoona Johnstown
Click on the "Donate Now" icon
Follow Instructions to Complete the Process
[Note: To designate your gift to a particular school, just indicate that in the Designation box on the giving form]
If you would like to contribute to an endowment, parish or the Misciagna Challenge Scholarship Fund through the independent Foundation for the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, simply click on the link for Foundation for the Roman Catholic  and follow the steps.  You may indicate a designation for the contribution or it will be treated as an unrestricted gift to the Foundation (which are appreciated as well).
To give to the Second Century Scholarship Fund, just type "Second Century Scholarship Fund" and "Pennsylvania" in Option 1 and go from there.
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Second Century Scholarship Fund
The web site now includes a link to our flyer promoting the new pre-k tax credits. Look for it on the Pre-K page at www.secondcenturyfund.org.  Print it out and give to anyone you know who owns a business!  Charitable gifts outside of the tax credit program are welcome!  Contact Chris Ringkamp for more details.
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Stewardship: A Way of Life
More parishes continue to express interest in starting stewardship committees.  Several months ago, Chris Ringkamp held three regional "networking" meeting for parishes to discuss successes and failures of their efforts.  More such gatherings are being planned for 2005.  Many parishes find themselves searching for ideas to increase revenue (i.e., offertory).  Proportional giving is scripturally sound and can help parishes reduce their dependence on fundraising activities that require a disproportionate amount of energy compared to net receipts.
 
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Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry Development
The Penn State Catholic Campus Ministry sent over 10,000 appeals this Fall to parents of University Park Catholic students.  Last year, donor participation was over 7%, and this year the ministry's goal is 9% participation.  For more information about development and alumni relations activities in support of the PSCCM, please telephone (814-865-9091) or email Development Coordinator Jamie Johnson.