The abuse problem has hit Catholics hard, according to national surveys sponsored by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and FADICA
during the past five years.
He was recently the Executive Vice President of Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA
Last October, FADICA
, working with the Gallup Organization, found that 65 percent of "parish Catholics" agree that the church should be more accountable on finances, while 68 percent favored an annual independent audit of dioceses with the results released publicly.
's report highlighted three "exemplary models," including the Human Trafficking Academy, based out of the University of St.
But it is also a good example of what we can do when we put our talents to work to problem-solve," said Francis Butler, president of FADICA
from 1980 to 2012.
"Whenever we see successful parishes, they get people to take part," says Butler of FADICA
. "In a typical parish, members aren't involved; they're passive; they just come to get serviced.
"Many of our members are really passionate about education, especially for young people and especially for low-income children who deserve an opportunity to learn and succeed," said Alicia Bondanella, director of program and member services for FADICA
Catholic education is, along with support for Catholic sisters, the largest affinity group among the Catholic philanthropists who belong to Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA
Alexia Kelley, president and CEO of FADICA
, a network of Catholic foundations and philanthropists, said that Francis "speaks from the heart to our hearts" and provides an alternative to the crisis in leadership evident in today's political culture.
Butler recently retired after three decades serving as president of the nonprofit, philanthropic member association Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities, FADICA
. He is the founder and principal of Drexel Philanthropic Advisors.]
A former White House adviser has been appointed president of the grantmaker network FADICA
, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities.
Francis Butler, a consultant to Catholic philanthropies and recently retired president of FADICA
(Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities), told NCR that the Philadelphia decision--which he basically lauded--is not as unique as initial news reports indicated because other dioceses have been taking innovative steps to bring their Catholic educational systems into the 21st century.