Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is the Bishop’s Appeal?
A. The Bishop’s Appeal of the
Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany raises
the annual funding needed to operate
over thirty ministries and programs of
Q. Does the money raised by the
Bishop’s Appeal go to support the
A. No. All proceeds from the
Appeal are deposited into the general
fund of the diocese and are distributed
to the various ministries and programs
according to budgetary allocations.
How much money is spent on the Bishop’s
Appeal each year?
The Stewardship Office makes every
effort to keep costs down in marketing
and managing the Bishop’s Appeal and
other diocesan development initiatives.
The entire budget of the Stewardship
Office is 5% of the entire annual
campaign goal. The cost of producing and
mailing the informational materials for
the annual Bishop’s Appeal campaign for
132 parishes and over 100,000 households
is less than 1% of the campaign goal.
The average threshold for marketing
costs in a fundraising campaign of this
size and import should be no more than
10% of goal. The cost for the Bishop’s
Appeal is well below the average.
should I give to the Bishop’s Appeal if
I already give to my parish?
A. The Bishop’s Appeal provides
funding for ministries such as Catholic
Charities, Diocesan Vocations, Catholic
Schools and many other programs which
one parish could not possibly fund or
operate on its own.
the Bishop’s Appeal do anything for my
A. Among the offices funded by
the Bishop’s Appeal are several which
serve our parishes
by assisting with vital administrative
functions, information technology, real
property issues, training in ministry
formation, religious education and
my parish have to support the Bishop’s
A. Yes. Every parish in the
diocese has a set goal which represents
the parish share of the total Bishop’s
happens if my parish falls short of the
A. A parish which falls short of
its goal must make up the deficit out of
In addition to supporting all the good
works the Bishop's Appeal funds, it is
important for all parishioners to make a
gift to help the parish meet or even
surpass its goal. The parish may keep
50% of funds in excess of the goal.
I make a pledge or a one-time cash gift?
Whichever option works best for you!
We find that many donors prefer making a
pledge and paying it off over eight
months. Donors may do this
automatically on a credit or debit card
or through the mail by check.
I make a gift online?
A. Yes. You can make a gift
online by going to the pledge/donate
button at the top of this page. You can
make a one-time gift or make a pledge.
You can schedule monthly payments by
credit or debit card and by electronic
fund transfer. In making your online
gift you can indicate the parish of your
choice to credit.
I make a gift of stock?
A. Yes you can. Provide your
broker with the following information:
DTC # 5198
–The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
To deliver actual
certificates, please call the
Stewardship Office at (518) 453-6680.