Dollar for Dollar Challenge Continues for Bishop's Annual Appeal

Originally Appeared in : 9807-3/29/18

For a second year a generous, anonymous donor has come forward to match donations made to the Bishop’s Annual Appeal in an effort to reach the increased goal of $2.7 million dollars.


The criteria for matching gifts will be the same as last year. All gifts made in the month of April will be matched dollar for dollar provided that:
• the donation is an increase from the previous year. (For example, if a donor made a gift of $500 in 2017 and increased the gift to $600 in 2018, the $100 increase will be matched.)
• the donation is a new gift in 2018. (For example, if a donor did not make a gift in 2017 and gives in 2018, the 2018 gift will be matched in full.)


The match applies to one-time gifts and pledges paid-in-full by December 31, 2018. The allocation of the match will be made to parish goals at the end of the appeal when pledge payments have been completed. Gifts made before April 1 or after April 30 are not eligible to be matched.


The match was extremely successful in 2017 and resulted in 446 new donors and over $404,000 raised from increased or new donations in just the month of April 2017. In addition, 51 parishes reached their BAA goal last year, the most in more than five years. 


“It is wonderful that over 400 new families answered the call last year to support the BAA,” Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. stated. “Every gift, regardless of the dollar amount, is welcome and needed to reach our goal and I encourage every family to make a prayerful consideration of how they can give.”


The Bishop’s Annual Appeal supports more than a dozen ministries including Vocations, Faith Formation, Evangelization and Social Service Ministries and outreach to those in need throughout the Diocese of Savannah.


To make a gift to the 2018 Bishop’s Annual Appeal and have your gift matched, please use the enclosed envelope, the reply cards that were mailed to homes in February, use a pledge envelope that can be found in your Church, or go online to 


Donations made online will receive a prayer card.

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