Network Notes Vol 48 No 2

Catholic Charities receives grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington has received a $100,000 BluePrints for the Community grant from Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, it was announced recently. Catholic Charities will use the grant money to support its Behavioral Health Services Program for low income families to address emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns. 

 “Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, is a great corporate partner, dedicated to provide support to underinsured and uninsured Delawareans. Catholic Charities is proud to work with Highmark and BluePrints to share our resources with the most vulnerable among us,” said Fritz Jones, Director of Program Operations. 

Those interested in taking advantage of these services are asked to phone the Catholic Charities Counseling Services intake support staff at the office in their area. Phone numbers for the Main, Kent, Sussex, and Eastern Shore offices are posted on the Catholic Charities website – 

BluePrints for the Community, housed by the Delaware Community Foundation, has contributed over $19 million to the community since its inception in 2007. It was established to serve Delawareans, with emphasis on, but not limited to, the needs of the uninsured and underserved, and to reduce health care disparities in minority population and address social determinants of health.

“Catholic Charities has long proven itself to be as effective as they are compassionate, which is what we need during challenging times,” said Nick Moriello, President of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “Highmark and BluePrints are proud to support their work in behavioral health to ensure the well-being of Delawareans.”

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware serves approximately 441,000 members through the company’s health care benefits business. It is an influential company in the market generating an economic impact of $135 million and supporting more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit

Catholic Charities, the social service arm of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington, has been serving those in need for over 190 years, offering a wide range of services to strengthen families, care for children, assist the disadvantaged, and build human relationships throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland. 

Catholic Charities DC Announces $100 Million Campaign to Sustain Its Mission

$99 million already pledged to Catholic Charities’ commitment to the community and legacy of social service  

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington has raised more than $99 million toward its ambitious fundraising goal of $100 million to strengthen its work serving the poor, it was announced at the campaign’s public launch.

President and CEO Msgr. John J. Enzler made the announcement of the largest campaign in the history of Catholic Charities DC at a virtual gala on Saturday, March 13.

“$99 million. That’s unbelievable generosity,” Father Enzler said. “This effort began about two years ago and, when the pandemic hit us, our campaign came to a halt. But we kept at it and raised $7 million during one of the most challenging times in our history. That is a significant accomplishment.”

Money raised in the campaign — “Our Community. Our Commitment. Our Legacy.” — will allow Catholic Charities DC to sustain programs that positively impact almost 193,000 people a year and to plan for the future.

Campaign Chair Robert Trone issued an invitation to others to join the unprecedented effort. “It is fitting that the campaign is called ‘Our Community. Our Commitment. Our Legacy.’ as this very generous response allows Catholic Charities to sustain its work addressing serious societal issues like homelessness, hunger, mental health and unemployment. But many more donors will be needed to help us cross the finish line.”

Among those contributing to this historic effort is a group that is new to philanthropy — 101 young professionals who are contributing recurring, monthly donations of $83.33 — the monthly cost of feeding a person who is homeless a Cup of Joe breakfast. The commitment of the 83.33 Society represents a shift in the engagement of young professionals in philanthropy, from occasional donations to sustained support and lasting relationships. “These members of the 83.33 Society are the future of philanthropy in our community,” Father Enzler said.

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Support of the campaign will allow Catholic Charities DC to continue important programming, add state-of-the-art services for newcomers to the community, and plan for the future. Contributions will go toward these three priorities: 

  • Commitment to Service Excellence — A $50 million investment in existing programs that address the basic needs of the poor, as well as build a foundation for stability and a pathway out of poverty. An additional $5 million will be used to integrate the new COMPASS program into the portfolio of care.
  • Leaving a Legacy — A $30 million investment in the Catholic Charities endowment will double the endowment’s value and provide an immediate impact by supporting current operations and create a long-term outcome by increasing resources for programs.
  • Our Community of Newcomers — $15 million will be invested in the launch of the first-of-its-kind Newcomer Network to improve the lives of thousands of vulnerable immigrants in the region.

Resources: For information about the “Our Community. Our Commitment. Our Legacy.” campaign, visit the campaign website. Check out a campaign report for details about the impact of giving. In a new video, donors across generations talk about why they support Catholic Charities DC.