Generous benefactors will match monthly donations pledged to Development and Peace.
MONTREAL, February 17, 2021 — Development and Peace — Caritas Canada has launched an exciting matching project for its Share Year-Round monthly donation program. All monthly donations pledged from Ash Wednesday until Pentecost (Sunday, May 23, 2021) will be matched dollar for dollar, up to a total of $130,000. This includes new pledges and any increases to monthly amounts already being donated.
This initiative is funded by several Canadian religious communities, who have been steadfast allies of Development and Peace since its founding in 1967. They include the Scarboro Missions; The Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI Lacombe Canada); the Jesuits of Canada; the Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish; The Missionary Oblates of St. Boniface; the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions; The Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie; St. Peter’s Abbey; and the Ursulines of the Canadian Union.
Fr. Jack Lynch of the Scarboro Missions said, “Development and Peace is vital for our Church. We joined this project because we want to empower lay people in the organization who are bringing so much vitality to living out the Gospel.”
The matching funds initiative was launched to grow the pool of monthly donors to the Share Year-Round program. Monthly donations are important because they represent a reliable, lower-cost, sustained stream of funding for longer-term projects that serve marginalized communities in the Global South.
Development and Peace’s director of public engagement, Genevieve Gallant, said, “This matching fund will give a real boost to our members, who are so generously asking their friends and family to become Share Year-Round donors. We really appreciate everyone who is offering a gift for justice and peace on a monthly basis; the impact is very significant!”
As more religious communities and other benefactors begin contributing to the donation-matching fund, its ceiling may be raised to further amplify the impact of Canadians’ generosity.
To contribute to our Share Year-Round program and have your donation doubled, visit devp.org/shareyearround.
ABOUT DEVELOPMENT AND PEACE
Development and Peace – Caritas Canada is the official international development organization of the Catholic Church in Canada. It works in partnership with local organizations in over 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East to create greater justice in the world and to act in solidarity with the most vulnerable.