The story of La Paloma, the dove, is a favorite one of the Rt. Rev. Julio C. Holguín, the Bishop of the Diocese of the Dominican Republic. “Like the dove that has two wings, the Episcopal Diocese of the Dominican Republic needs the financial assistance of its partners in mission as the second wing to help it soar.” Bishop Holguín began his service as diocesan bishop in 1991, and in February 2017 announced that he would retire on November 1, 2017.
In celebration of Bishop Holguin’s 26 years of ministry as diocesan bishop, the Dominican Development Group is asking involved dioceses, churches, mission teams and individuals to join a fundraising campaign to increase the Dominican diocesan endowment to a level where it can enable the diocese to be financially self-sufficient. Brochures, bulletin inserts, event ideas, etc., will be made available in April to support local activities and raise awareness of the good works of our brothers and sisters in the Dominican Republic. These resources will be continuously updated on our campaign website, https://givingsites.com/thedove.
Contributions made to the campaign before November 1, 2017, will be matched dollar for dollar by another generous donor, up to a total of $250,000.
There are several ways you can help make our campaign a success:
1) Give by check. Make your check out to “Dominican Development Group” with “Capital Campaign” in the memo field. Send your check to: Dominican Development Group, PO Box 272261, Tampa FL 33688-2261.
2) Give through PayPal or credit card. Your instructions for the intended use of your donation should be placed within the “Add special instructions to the seller” area on PayPal.
Donations for other purposes, such as scholarships for children in Dominican Episcopal schools or natural disaster relief, may also be made by check or PayPal. Just follow the instructions above and indicate the purpose of your donation clearly. You are also welcome to use PayPal for payments for activities such as DDG-sponsored exploration trips.
3) Organize a fundraiser. You can organize a fundraiser or appeal through your church, diocese, or mission team. Use our resources for support. Email Leslie Pendleton at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Along with many non-profit organizations, the DDG is a member of the Amazon Smile program to allow the DDG to receive 0.5% of the cost of items purchased through Amazon at no additional cost to the purchaser. To enroll in this program, go to http://smile.amazon.com and follow the instructions to sign up. For more information, check this DDG news article.
The DDG is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501c3 organization, and contributions to the DDG are tax-deductible in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code (Title 26 of the United States Code).