Archdiocese of Toronto’s Family of Faith Campaign Raises over $164 Million

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The Catholic community of Toronto successfully completes the most ambitious faith-based campaign in Canadian history.

CCS congratulates the Archdiocese of Toronto on the completion of its $105 million Family of Faith campaign, an effort to support new parishes, the restoration of St. Michael’s Cathedral, Catholic formation and leadership, youth and young adult ministry, and campus chaplaincy in addition to local parish projects.

CCS supported the planning and management of this important campaign that has raised over $164 million in cash and pledges, or 156% of its original goal. The Family of Faith campaign now bears the distinction of the most funds raised by any faith-based fundraising initiative in Canadian history.

All together more than 3,000 volunteers from among 225 parishes were recruited, all of whom helped solicit a total of 41,821 gifts. Campaign materials translated into 15 languages ensured that this culturally diverse faith community had the opportunity to dedicate their time and treasure to the campaign. Notable campaign highlights include two $5 million gifts and six $1 million gifts.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with CCS for our Family of Faith campaign,” said His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins. “We are grateful for the expertise, organization, and strategic leadership CCS has brought to our diverse faith community, paving the way for a tremendous fundraising effort.”

The campaign was truly a team effort driven by the Archdiocese of Toronto’s distinctive Pastoral Plan that seeks to engage the family, especially youth; celebrate their cultural diversity; and enhance the collective voice of the Catholic community. The Archdiocese has already disbursed funds to key campaign projects such as the restoration of the Cathedral, upgrades to Ryerson University’s Hogan House for the campus chaplaincy, and parish repairs.

“For the past five years, it has been our honour and privilege to partner with the Archdiocese on this exceptional campaign,” said Tom Kissane, Principal and Managing Director, CCS. “The community’s generosity and faithful commitment helped it realize an inspiring and ambitious vision.”

The Archdiocese of Toronto is home to a diverse community of faith and has experienced tremendous growth in the past quarter century. During this period, the Archdiocese's Catholic population doubled to nearly two million parishioners faithfully served by 800 diocesan and religious priests, more than 110 permanent deacons, and over 500 religious sisters and brothers. Mass is celebrated in more than 30 languages each week in the most multicultural region in Canada.

About CCS
Established in 1947, CCS is a strategic fundraising firm that partners with non-profits to raise funds today and strengthen organizations for the future. With a perspective and presence that spans philanthropic sectors and the globe, CCS works closely with clients to effectively plan, manage, and implement programs that achieve fundraising goals and mission impact. Members of the CCS team are experts in strategic planning, research, development, planned giving, and on-the-ground campaign support. Headquartered in New York, the firm has over 250 professionals and 12 offices throughout the United States and Europe.

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