Catholic Charities announces $400,000 challenge gift for capital campaign

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Nine donors are challenging Central Minnesotans to make an impact on the community for generations to come by matching their $400,000 contribution to Catholic Charities’ “Saving Children, Saving Families” capital campaign.

“People will always have times of trouble; people will always need others to lean on,” said Steve Bresnahan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud, which provides more than 40 services to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of people in the 16 counties that make up the diocese.

logo“There are people in our community who need food, a safe place to live and hope that tomorrow will be better,” Bresnahan said in an email May 27 announcing the challenge gift. “That’s a need that’s increased during my time at Catholic Charities, and hopefully will eventually decrease, but will never truly go away.”

The campaign, which has already raised more than $3 million, first helped to finance the new Intensive Treatment Cottage at Catholic Charities’ St. Cloud Children’s Home, Bresnahan said. The remaining dollars the organization is working to raise will help it create an endowment, which will be used in the community in time of increased need.

“When the recent recession hit, community members really stepped up to help those who were suddenly in need in our community,” he said. “We hope that will always be the case, but when a town is wiped out by a flood or tornado, as happened a few years ago in Wadena, funds are needed immediately. We can’t wait to ask and gather, we have to spring into action and help.”

By planning now, Bresnahan said, the organization is preparing for future disasters, crises and potential budget shortfalls.

“This is really the most critical campaign we’ve ever undertaken,” he said.


Donations to meet the $400,000 challenge can be made in person at 911 18th St. N., in St. Cloud, online at or via phone at 320-650-1646.