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Cece and Mike Donoghue

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Development Office
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06606

Ways to Give

Online Giving
The Annual Bishop's Appeal offers the opportunity to make your gift and pledge payments online. Click here to donate.

Credit Card Gifts
You can use your MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express card to make your Appeal gift, and take full advantage of your cardmember benefits.

Pledge Your Gift
If possible, please include your first month's payment when you mail your gift card envelope. An early commitment of a pledge will allow a monthly payment plan. An invoice will be sent the first week of every month. Donors are asked to complete their pledge within the same calendar year or by December 31.

Outright Gifts
Checks should be made payable to the "Annual Bishop's Appeal" and given to your Pastor in your gift card envelope, or mailed directly to:

2014 Annual Bishop's Appeal
Diocese of Bridgeport
238 Jewett Avenue
Bridgeport, CT 06606-2892

Please do not send cash through the mail.

Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT)
This can be arranged through your bank.

Gifts of Securities
A gift of appreciated stock is an easy way to make a significant contribution at a reduced cost to you. Please note: If you are making a gift to the Annual Bishop's Appeal in the form of stock securities, please make sure you complete and return a donor transfer form so your gift is properly credited to your account. Forms and instructions can be received through request to the Appeal Office by calling (203) 416-1470 or by e-mail to: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Does Your Company Have a Matching Gift Program?
Matching Gifts May Double or Triple Your Appeal Donation!

Matching Gifts can be a great way to double or even triple your gift to the 2013 Beacon of Hope Annual Bishop’s Appeal. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Some companies even match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses!

Step One   Contact your Human Resource or Benefits Department to find out if your company has a company Matching Gift Program.
Step Two   Learn how your company's Matching Gift Program works. Does your company require a minimum donation amount? Will they match 1:1? You can turn a $25 donation into $50! Do they match gifts made to religious organizations? Important some companies will not donate to religious organizations but may donate to Catholic Charities of Fairfield County or the Cathedral Education Cluster. If your company qualifies, please make your gift payment payable to Catholic Charities or the Cathedral Education Cluster and remit the payments to the Appeal Office. If you need more information, please contact us at (203) 416-1312 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).
Step Three   Find out how your company wants you to submit your matching gift. Companies have various methods by which you can submit your matching gift request: online forms, automated phone systems, or a paper form that you submit to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal when you turn in your donation.
Step Four   Fill out your matching gift application and return with your donation and pledge card by mail or during Beacon of Hope Weekend at your parish.

The advantages of using matching gifts are:

  • You can double or triple your support to the Annual Bishop’s Appeal
  • You help continue serving the poor and disadvantaged, provide for on-going catechetical ministries, enable Catholic education, and assist our retired priests and offer ongoing development for Clergy

Please call 203-416-1312 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you have questions or need assistance.

Companies that Match

Abbey National Employee Services Inc.
ACE Charitable Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Advanced Technology Materials, Inc. (ATMI)
AES Corporiation
Allianz of America, Inc.
Alliance Bernstein
AllState Annual Giving Campaign Matching Gifts
Alpha Medical Group LLC
Altria Employee Involvement Programs
American Express Gift Matching Program
American International Group, Inc. (AIG)
Amica Companies Foundation
Andor Capital
Applera Corporation
Arch Chemicals, Inc.
Arthur J. Gallagher Foundation
Assured Guaranty Matching Gifts Program
Aventis Pharmaceuticals
Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP)
Avon Foundation Matching Gifts Program
AXA Foundation
Bank of America Matching Gifts
Bank of New York Mellon
Barclays Global Investor
Barnes Group Foundation, Inc.
Bayer Health Care
Becton Dickinson
Benenson Capital Partners, LLC
Benjamin Moore & Company
Black Rock
Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation Matching Gift Program
Building Materials Holding Corporation (BMHC)
Caxton Foundation
Charles Schwab Corporate Foundation
Chevron Humankind
Cigna Matching Gifts Program
Citi Foundation
Citizens Financial Group
Colgate-Palmolive Company
Compass Group Management, LLC
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Covidien Employee Matching Gift Program
Crompton Corporation
CRT Capital Group LLC
CTC Matching Gift Program
Cytec Industries


D. L. Ryan Companies LTD.
Dannon Company Matching Gift Program
Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation
Diageo North America
Doty Family Foundation
Dun & Bradstreet
Eastern Bank
Eaton Vance
Eli Lilly and Company
Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Endurance Matching Gift Program
Energizer Matching Gifts Program
ExxonMobil Foundation
FactSet Research Systems
Fidelity Investments
FM Global Foundation
Follett Matching Gift Program
Franklin Templeton Matching Gift Program
Fremont Group
Future US
Gannett Foundation
Gartner, Inc.
General Electric Foundation (GE)
General Reinsurance Matching Gift Program (Gen Re)
Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Gillette Matching Gifts Program
Glaxo Smith Kline Foundation
GLOBAL Reinsurance Corporation of America
GMAC Insurance Personal Lines
Goldman Sachs Matching Gift Program
Goodrich Foundation
Greenfield Partners
Guideposts Matching Gifts Program
Hartford Financial Services Group
Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection
Harvey Hubell, Inc.
Hewitt Associates LLC
Hitachi Capital America Corp.
Home Depot Foundation
Honeywell International Charity Matching
ITT Industries, Inc.
ITW Foundation
Investment Technology Group, Inc.
James H. Napier Foundation
Jeffries & Company

  John Hancock
JPMorgan Chase Foundation
Lexis Nexis
Liberty Mutual
Liz Claiborne
Kraft Foods Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Lone Pine Foundation Inc.
Macquarie Bank
Macy’s Foundation Matching Gift Program
MasterCard Matching Gift Program
MBIA Foundation, Inc.
McGraw Hill
MeadWestvaco Foundation Matching Gifts to Education
Meredith Corporation Foundation
Merrill Lynch Matching Gifts Program
Microsoft Giving Campaign
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Moody’s Foundation Matching Gift Program
Mutual of America
Nationwide Foundation
New Alliance Foundation, Inc.
Newgate Capital Management LLC
Nordson Corporation
Northrop Grumman Litton Foundation
NYSE Euronext Foundation Matching Gift Program
Oce North America Matching Gifts Program
Odyssey America Reinsurance Corporation
Olin Corporation Charitable Trust
OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
PartnerRe U.S. Matching Gifts Program
PBG WINs Matching Gifts
Pension Service, Inc.
Pepsico Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Pequot Capital Foundation, Inc.
Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Pharmacia Retiree Matching Gifts
Philips Matching Gift Program
Phoenix Companies
Pitney Bowes Corporate Matching Gift Program
Plainfield Asset Management LLC
PPG Industries Foundation
Pratt and Whitney
  Praxair Matching Gifts Program
Prudential Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Quest Diagnostics Matching Gift Program
Rayonier, Inc.
RBS Greenwich Capital
Reader’s Digest Foundation Matching Gift Program
Rockefeller Matching Gift Program
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Ryan Partnership
Sarah Lee Foundation
SBC Foundation
Senior Care Managerment LLC
Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
Soros Fund Management Matching Gift Program
State Street
Sterling-Rice Group
Sun Microsystems
Survey Sampling International
Syncora Guarantee Services Inc.
Tauck World of Giving
TDK U.S.A. Corporation
Terex Matching Gift Program
Texaco, Inc.
Thomson Reuters Foundation
Time Warner, Inc.
Times Square Capital Management
Tiffany & Co. Matching Gift Program
Towers Watson (Perrin)
Transatlantic Reinsurance Company
Tyco Employee Matching Gift Program
UBS Employee Giving Programs
Unilever Matching Gifts Program
United Illuminating
United Technologies (UTC) Matching Gift Program
USTraditions Matching Gift Program (UST)
Verizon Foundation
Vivendi Universal
VMware Foundation
Wachovia Foundation Matching Gifts Program
Warnaco Foundation Matching Gift Program
Washington Mutual Matching Gift Program
Weeden & Company
Wells Fargo Educational Matching Gift Program
XL America Matching Gift Program


If your employer is not listed, please contact your Human Resources or Benefits Department
to find out if your company has a matching Gifts Program.
Call us at 203.416.1312 for more information.