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Appeal 2024 Raises $8 Million

Appeal officials announced today that Appeal 2024 in support of Catholic Charities of Buffalo and the Fund for the Faith raised a total of $8,002,705.37 in cash and pledges, representing 84% of its $9.5 million goal. Appeal 2024 was launched in January and concluded on June 30.

“It’s because of the support and generosity of those who give through the annual Appeal that Catholic Charities can provide HOPE for those most in need – including individuals of all faiths and backgrounds – throughout Western New York, just as it has for the last century,” said Deacon Steve Schumer, president and CEO, Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “The 100th Appeal faced some challenges in 2024, and a significant need in our community remains. This is why we will do all that we can to ensure that we can continue to offer these crucial programs and services for the more than 145,000 individuals and families who are helped by Catholic Charities.”

The annual Appeal helps fund more than 50 programs and services administered by Catholic Charities along with several ministries through the Fund for the Faith. As the most comprehensive human services provider serving all eight counties of Western New York, Catholic Charities’ programs and services include behavioral health services, basic emergency assistance, food pantries, education and workforce training, family safety and stabilization programs, and immigration and refugee assistance. The Fund for the Faith provides needed funding for programs that support the faith experience across all parish communities, including hospital chaplaincy, and training for ordained and lay ministers, among others.

“The contributions to the 100th Appeal from so many generous Western New Yorkers support local programs and services that provide HOPE for those throughout the eight counties of Western New York who may be especially struggling to make ends meet, or who are facing challenges impacting their health and well-being,” said Kevin Gannon, Appeal 2024 chair. “Catholic Charities remains an organization rooted in HOPE, and we thank the nearly 21,000 donors who joined with us in donating the resources necessary to provide that HOPE to so many of our families, friends, and neighbors in need.”

Catholic Charities’ full development efforts total $8,546,140.37 which includes the results of Appeal 2024 and $543,435 in bequests and donations directed to specific programs.

Donors can continue to support the work of Catholic Charities at