Current Challenge Gift Opportunities in the Diocese of Marquette

Current Challenge Gift Opportunities in the Diocese of Marquette

Challenge gifts are a popular and effective means for incentivizing donations to church campaigns throughout our diocese. A challenge gift is when a person or organization “challenges” others to make a charitable donation to a specific cause by partnering with the Church to maximize the funding opportunity for something that is especially meaningful to them. The challenge increases the value of donations by leveraging matching funds.

Want to increase the value of your donations to the Church? Check out the list below of current challenge partners and opportunities.


Catholic Extension is a national fundraising organization committed to strengthening the Catholic church in poor dioceses across the U.S. They have provided grants to our diocese for many years for programs and services that invest in people, infrastructure, and ministries. Challenge grants require the parish to fundraise in order in order to leverage the grant. Here are parishes that currently have active challenge grants with Catholic Extension:

1. Ironwood, Our Lady of Peace: Parish Hall

Parish hall renovation to include new flooring, updating bathrooms and making them handicap accessible. $39,000 matched on $39,000 raised through December 31, 2021.

Contact Rev. Binu Joseph, 906.932.0174 |

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2. Houghton, St. Albert the Great: Parish Hall

Parish hall renovation to include asbestos abatement, renovate restrooms and replace kitchen components. $50,000 matched on $100,000 raised. NOTE-match goal has been met at this time and fundraising continues for the parish historical Multiply the Mission Campaign to raise a total of $3.1 million to expand ministry outreach to Michigan Tech University students.

Contact Rev. Ben Hasse, 906.482.5530 |

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3. Sawyer, St. Francis Connection Center: 2021-22 Operations

The St. Francis Connection Center is an outreach of St. Anthony, Gwinn that serves the poor and disadvantaged residents of Sawyer by connecting them with one another, their community, life, and faith. $25,000  matched on $37,500 raised through January 30, 2022.

Contact Very Rev. Allen Mott 906.346.5312 |
Make checks payable to “St. Francis Connection Center” and mail to St. Anthony Parish, 280 North Boulder Street, Gwinn, MI  49841.

4. Houghton, St. Ignatius Loyola: Rectory Roof & HVAC Repairs

The combined rectory and office building was built thirty years ago and needs repairs. $25,580 matched on $25,580 raised through Dec 31, 2022.

Contact Rev. John Martignon, 906.482.0212 |

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5. Marquette, Bishop Baraga Association: Operations

Help the Baraga Education Center and Museum fund its operations for the 2021-2022 tour season.

Contact: Len McKeen | 906.227.9117 |

$12,500 matched on $12,500 raised between Jan 1, 2022-June 30, 2022.




A fund of the U.P. Catholic Foundation, Inc., Legacy of Faith fosters the Catholic faith in the Upper Peninsula through grant making within the diocese. Grants improve the effectiveness of lifelong faith formation, strengthen Catholic schools, and provide relief for human suffering through Catholic Social Services of the U.P.

6. Marquette, NMU Catholic Campus Ministry: FOCUS

The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) wins the hearts of college students, builds them in the faith and sends them to the world. A team of four young adult missionaries are actively reaching out to the Northern Michigan University students.  $136,000 matched on $136,000 raised will get this new ministry off to a good start with four full years of  funding.

Contact Rev. Dustin Larson, 906.228.8180 |

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7. Escanaba, Holy Name Catholic High School: Re-opening of High School

The BJ Stupak Memorial Fund, a fund of the M&M Area Community Foundation, is supporting the re-opening of Holy Name Catholic High School-A Chesterton Academy. $100,000 matched on $100,000 raised through September 30, 2021. Donations may be made to the school’s Crusader Loyalty Endowment Fund or the Tuition Angel Endowment Fund in the U.P. Catholic Foundation, Inc. Now Is The Time!

Contact Michelle Bink 906.786.7550 ext. 20 |

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8. Diocese-wide, Yoopers for Seminarians: 2021 YFS Challenge

Father Joe Gouin has renewed his matching challenge gift to help build a culture of vocations and educate our seminarians now and in the future. $25,000 matched on $100,000 raised by December 31, 2021.

Contact Rev. Ben Hasse, 906.290.2434 |

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