Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Buffalo Catholic Diocese alumni campaign bears fruit

Buffalo Catholic Diocese alumni campaign bears fruit

(WBFO) - The Catholic Alumni Partnership is already seeing some fruit from their labors to raise money for local catholic elementary schools. 

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The partnership of seven dioceses kicked-off the campaign in November that counts on the loyalty of former students to help sustain their alma maters. Virginia Wallace is director of alumni relations for the Buffalo Catholic Diocese. She said they reached out to more than 200,000 graduates, dating back to 1945. And she said the initial response was wonderful.
But first, the Buffalo Diocese had to update its data base, digitizing current addresses and information on the found alumni. Then they hired a search firm to locate the former graduates. Next, another letter was sent asking the alums if they would be willing to support their old schools. Wallace said they have already raised roughly $87,000, with each of the diocese's 53 schools receiving some of that.
Wallace said the campaign will continue through the end of the year. But she said they hope the grant will be renewed for at least another few years so they can get the schools on solid ground to continue their own fundraising.
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