WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thanks to the generosity of private donors, the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS) exceeded a $100,000 matching gift challenge made possible by The Charitable Exchange (TCE). The goal of the challenge, held between August 28 and December 31, 2015, was to raise at least $100,000 in qualifying matching gifts from donors. According to the AMS Development Office, 267 individual donors contributed $161,147.22 in response to the challenge. With TCE’s original matching contribution of $100,000, the total received by the AMS was $261,147.22.
Qualifying matching gifts included: (1) new or increased gifts of $1,000 or more; (2) the first month’s gift on a new, recurring gift donor registration; and (3) online gifts received in support of a one-day online matching gift campaign on October 22. The latter alone raised $34,381.67, the most funds ever raised by the AMS online in one day. Throughout the four-month fundraising period, fifty-eight (58) donors made a first-time or increased gift of $1,000 or more, and the AMS received twenty (20) new recurring gift registrations.
Mr. John Galloway, TCE’s Executive Director, said:
“TCE’s generous benefactors view this gift to AMS as an infusion to facilitate bringing the Word of God closer to the families of Catholic servicemen and women.”
His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the Military Services, expressed deep appreciation for TCE’s generosity.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“The AMS is grateful to The Charitable Exchange, its Board of Directors, and those who choose to support the challenge.”
Archbishop Broglio said funds raised from the matching gift challenge will support all AMS programs and services in its mission to provide the sacraments and pastoral care to Catholic men and women, and their families, who serve in the Armed Forces, as well as Catholic patients in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers.