2018 BAA sets first goal increase in over five years

Originally Appeared in : 9805-3/1/18

With a theme of “Missionary Disciples,” the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal kicked off in February on the heels of last year’s record-breaking effort.


The Appeal has set a goal of $2.7 million for 2018, an increase of $100,000 from last year and the first goal increase in more than five years. Proceeds will go toward supporting programs, services and ministries around the 90-county Diocese of Savannah benefitting almost 80,000 Catholics in South Georgia.


Set to run through December 31, 2018, this year’s Bishop’s Annual Appeal, or BAA, aims to build on the success of the 2017 campaign, which garnered over $2.6 million in contributions and also brought in over 400 new donors. That marked the first time donations to the BAA have topped the $2.6 million mark. The average gift increased from $329 in 2016 to $384 in 2017. The record-setting 2017 Appeal was due in large part to an anonymous donor, not included in the $2.6 million, who matched donations made in the month of April that were either from new donors or existing donors who increased their gift from the previous year. 


Letters announcing the 2018 BAA were mailed in mid-February. A video  – which was shown in either English or Spanish during Kick-Off Weekend on February 24 and 25 and can be viewed along with other BAA-related information at  – features an introduction to the campaign theme by Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv., and includes examples of Missionary Disciples throughout the Diocese. The video concludes with Bishop Hartmayer’s call to action that we look for ways to become Missionary Disciples in our everyday lives. 

(Click on the image below to read the letter in a PDF)


BAA supports such programs and ministries as vocations and seminarian education; faith formation for children and adults; rural mission parishes; Catholic Charities and its 12 regional offices and agencies throughout the Diocese; multi-cultural ministries; Stewardship; Tribunal; Communications; and Information Technology.  


Contributions to the BAA may be made by mail using parish-provided envelopes, or online at Donors who make their gift or pledge online will receive a Georgia Martyrs prayer card. Checks (made payable to the Diocese of Savannah), credit cards, electronic-fund transfers and appreciated securities are all accepted. Pledges are tax deductible. 


For further information, contact the Office of Stewardship and Development at 912-201-4060 or stewardship&


Maureen Coates is Director of Stewardship and Development for the Diocese of Savannah.

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