Seminarian Endowment Challenge

2017 Seminarian Endowment Challenge

The purpose of this initiative is to help ensure that dioceses will be able to grow their long-term financial capacity to fund the increasing cost of seminarian education.

The Seminarian Endowment Challenge offers matching funds to dioceses for new or increased dollars they raise toward seminarian education endowments, serving as a fundraising stimulus for dioceses by enabling them to leverage this match in order to attract new or increased major gifts from donors in support of seminarian education.

In the first five years of the Seminarian Endowment Challenge, participating dioceses have raised over $5 million in gifts toward seminarian education endowments.  This is more than double the matching funds from Catholic Extension, and has created over $7.3 million in permanent endowments for seminarian education in 35 different dioceses.

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