Opportunities for Giving
Everything we have, everything we are, and everything we will become is a gift from Almighty God. As stewards of those gifts, we are called to return a portion of our time, talent and treasure in gratitude for God’s great bounty. The Diocese of Scranton—with its parishes, offices, agencies, schools, and outreach ministries—has numerous volunteer opportunities and many avenues to give of your financial resources. To volunteer your time and talent, please contact your parish, school or agency directly. This website gives you opportunities to explore your options for giving of your treasure.
Stewardship & Development
The Marketing and Development Office, coordinates activity that supports the ministry of the 11-county Diocesan Annual Appeal, the Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation, the St. John Vianney Seminarian Endowment Fund and much more. Your sharing of time, talent and treasure will enable the diocese to provide many diverse services to our neighbors most in need and provide us an opportunity to be good stewards at diocesan level. Those services range from child and senior care, to the Dire Emergency Fund, family services and prison ministry. You can learn more of ways you can make the most meaningful difference.
James S. Bebla
Diocesan Secretary for Development
Phone: 570-207-2250, ext. 1070
Development & Alumni Relations
Mary Jane Vermac
Diocesan Annual Appeal
Togetherness—it is what the Diocesan Annual Appeal is all about. Through this appeal the Bishop invites all Catholics to join with him to address the important programs, missions, and work of the Diocese of Scranton.
As a caring community of Catholics, we need each other, rely on each other, and willingly make the choice to help one another. We do this because it is who we are, and it is what we do.
When our Catholic community works together toward a positive goal, our accomplishments are great indeed. But without your participation, without you in our community, we are less. Our work is less. The difference we make is not as great, and our reach is not as far.
It will take your help to make this Diocesan Appeal a successful one. Learn more about what the appeal helps and how you can join with thousands of fellow Catholics to make your difference.
Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC)
Diocese of Scranton Scholarship Foundation is established as a separate 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to accept contributions and distribute needs-based scholarships among eligible students attending Catholic schools located in Lackawanna, Luzerne, Lycoming, Monroe, Pike, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Tiago, Bradford, and Wayne Counties.
Since 2001, area businesses have contributed more than $5 million dollars to our fund through the Commonwealth’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC). Businesses from large corporations to family-owned companies and partnerships may be eligible to earn tax credits against six Pennsylvania business taxes.
This innovative legislation allows a business to re-direct a portion of its tax dollars to support students in the local community.
Planned Giving (Estate Planning)
Each year millions of Americans support their favorite charities with a donation. In today’s environment, these gifts are more important than ever in helping fund the work of charitable entities like The Diocese of Scranton, it’s parishes, schools or other Catholic organizations. Many have found that time spent considering the best ways to structure their gifts can help them make meaningful contributions while meeting personal planning goals as well.
You will discover ways to make gifts to the Church you may not have thought possible.
• You will learn how to give in ways that can actually “give back” for a time, providing extra income in retirement years or to help fund educational expenses and other needs.
• You can add meaning to your gift by using it to honor a special friend or loved one.
• You will see how to save money on income, gift, and estate taxes and redirect those amounts for use in ways you choose.
• You will enjoy your giving more, knowing you are investing in charitable interests in ways that allow you to give the most you can at the lowest possible cost.
That’s what effective gift planning is all about. We trust the information presented here will help you maximize the potential of your resources through preserving financial security for yourself and your loved ones while funding the organizations and institutions in which you believe.
Our greatest blessings, our families, our parish communities, and our local communities are closest to us each day. Our grateful response to these blessings should reflect the closeness of these blessings. As good stewards we are each responsible for ministry on a local level. In response to these personal blessings we need to share our time, talent and treasure at the parish level. Your parish relies on the weekly offertory to pay its bills and staff and support the many programs within the parish. It also relies on your personal involvement, through sharing of your gifts and talents to provide ministry in your local community.
National and International Campaigns
A number of opportunities exist to support efforts that go beyond our local parish and the diocese. These stewardship opportunities, while strictly financial in nature, give us, as good Stewards, the opportunity to serve the wider world. Peter’s Pence, for example, supports projects identified by the pope as needing critical, international support.