Announcing #FundingFriday!

Ok, so I’ve been thinking about this for a while.

Each of us knows of a gajillion great causes out there that desperately need support, especially in a tough and uncertain economy. None of us has the resources to fund those causes to the extent we wish we could.

What if, though, we were able to give in a way that a)we knew that the limited money we gave could make a measurable impact, and b)could unite us all in solidarity around a particular cause at the same time?

For a while, I’ve had the idea of #FundingFriday in my head. After praying about it, I think (hope!) this is how it’s going to work.

1. Every Friday, based on a specific need that we know either because it’s in the news, or because it’s been privately brought to our attention, or because it’s something that isn’t getting the attention it rightly deserves, we’ll post the name of that organization on this blog, as well as on Twitter with the hashtag #FundingFriday and a link to where you can donate online. It might be a struggling inner-city Catholic school, a homeless outreach, a crisis pregnancy center, even a foreign mission.

2. Click the link and then make a donation, however small, to that cause. I’ll put $10 out there as a round number. If it’s a tight pay period and you can only give $5, or even $3, do it. If it’s been a good pay period, and you can give $25, $50 or more, that’s bonus. The point is, you don’t have to break the bank to make a solid impact on the organization if enough people participate.

3. RT to your entire list of followers and encourage them to join in.

4. While your payment is processing, make it a point to pray one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be for the intentions of the organization.

Simple enough, right? Think about it- if just 100 people gave $5 each to an organization that can feed a child in Africa for $15 a year, that would make a serious impact. But I think we can get a lot more than 100 people involved. At this point, I’ve got roughly 2400 followers on twitter. If only one out of every 24 of them gave, that’d be 100 donors. And people follow you who don’t follow me, so we can use each other’s networks to build support.

THIS WEEK’S #FRIDAYFUNDING RECIPIENT: HOLY SPIRIT SCHOOL, EVANSVILLE

Many Catholic schools are obviously struggling with finances, and families are struggling to be able to provide their kids with a Catholic education. After 55 years, Holy Spirit School is up against the wall, even if the Holy Spirit himself isn’t. Last year, the inner-city school finished $200,000 in the red. This year, they only raised $65,000 toward their annual goal of $300,000. Those of us who know that these schools are an anchor of hope for the inner city neighborhoods where they’re located know how crucial it is to keep them open.

Here’s the kicker. Holy Spirit School is attached to Holy Spirit Church, pastored by Fr Claude Burns, who many of you know as Fr Pontifex, a dynamic priest whose hip hop and spoken word YouTube outreaches have gotten hundreds of thousands of hits. Problem is, they’re crafted not to make money, but to tackle difficult cultural issues and promote the New Evangelization. Maybe you’ve been impacted by his spoken word video, Why I Love Jesus and Love Religion, or his video speaking out against the HHS mandate, We Hold These Truths. He’s done tons for the New Evangelizaton, and so many of us have seen his videos and shared them. If you’ve been blessed by his work, please take this opportunity to bless Holy Spirit School and their work with inner city children. To donate, click here.

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