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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Religion, Religion-Related, Roman Catholic

Mission: Laboure's mission rescues Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt thereby freeing hundreds of vocations to enter seminaries and religious communities.

Results: 1. 270 men and women delivered into seminaries and religious communities and orders. 2. Those men and women have raised $5.9M in student loan debt reducing funds. 3. Over 80% of those assisted have gone on to final ordination, profession of final vows or are currently in formation. 4. Laboure has helped aspirants and communities from all over the country. 5. Laboure graduates are located in religious communities and parishes nationwide, serving the needy, feeding the poor, caring for the sick, praying in cloistered orders for the salvation of souls, and conferring all the sacramental graces the Catholic church has to offer. 6. Created a network of thousands of people praying for vocations. 7. Laboure aspirants have met with thousands of Catholics around the country sharing the joy of their vocation, inviting Catholics into that joy, and evangelizing untold numbers of Catholics as a result of these encounters. 8. Supported by vocation directors, religious superiors, and bishops nation wide. Full support of the USCCB.

Target demographics: We rescue Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt. The vast majority of seminaries and religious communities around the country will not accept men and women who have outstanding student loan debt. The presents a serious problem for the church at a time when the church desperately needs more Catholic priests and religious. Laboure solves this problem for the church and for these men and women who want nothing other than to turn their lives over to the Catholic church to serve Jesus Christ in numerous different ministries and charisms.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2017 Laboure is helping 37 future priests and religious. The first 6 month class of 2017-which ended on June 30, 2017-graduated 10 aspirants who are now entering their religious communities. The second 6 month class in 2017 is on track to graduate 9 aspirants. All others in the class will come back for second classes and possibly third classes dependent on their debt level.

Geographic areas served: Our home office located in Minneapolis, MN. But we help future Catholic priests, sisters and brothers who live in locations all over the country.

Programs: Laboure teaches these "aspirants" to religious life a Catholic-based, metric driven, collective fundraising model. Through this model, aspirants erase or substantially mitigate five and six figure student loan debt in 6-24 months rather than 15-18 years. This is not a hand out program. The aspirants take full accountability for their debt. Through the Laboure program the aspirants are not only able to accelerate the elimination of their debt, but they also undergo a human and pastoral formation process which makes them ideal candidates for religious life. Laboure's rescue mission is urgent because vocation studies tell us there are approximately 3000 discerning men and women in this country who are abandoning their vocation because they think their student loan debt is an insurmountable obstacle to their vocation. The Laboure model removes that obstacle and frees our future priests and religious to enter seminaries, convents and religious orders. There is no other Catholic lay organization in the country having the impact Laboure is having in delivering vocations to the Catholic church. Laboure's rescue mission strengthens the church and helps heal the culture. The world needs the light and leaven consecrated lives bring to all they encounter.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society is not only a wonderful non-profit, but also a family of believers in giving to the Church many new Men and Women to the Priesthood and Religious Life! I love my Labouré Family

Donor

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society has rescued hundreds of Catholic vocations from the barrier of student loan debt thereby freeing them to enter seminaries and religious communities. Labouré teaches these "aspirants" to religious life a Catholic-based, metric driven, collective fundraising model. Through this model, aspirants erase or substantially mitigate five and six figure student loan debt in 6-24 months rather than 15-18 years. Through the Labouré program the aspirants are not only able to accelerate the elimination of their debt, but they also undergo a human and pastoral formation process which makes them ideal candidates for religious life. Laboure's rescue mission is urgent because vocation studies tell us there are approximately 3000 discerning men and women in this country who are abandoning their vocation because they think their student loan debt is an insurmountable obstacle to their vocation. The Labouré model removes that obstacle and frees our future priests and religious to enter seminaries, convents and religious orders. There is no other Catholic lay organization in the country having the impact Labouré is having in delivering vocations to the Catholic church. Laboure's rescue mission strengthens the church and helps heal our wounded culture. The world needs the light and leaven consecrated lives bring to all they encounter.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society is delivering vocations to the Church that would have otherwise been lost! As a Church, we have been praying for an increase in vocations for generations. I believe that Labouré is a part of those answered prayers. I've watched the work of Labouré transform the lives of the men and women who go through their program, giving them confidence, clarity, and new skillsets. They're better discerned at the end of the Labouré program and ready to serve the Church as they enter into formation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been part of the Laboure family for almost five years! I left my former employer because I wanted to do something much more rewarding, something that would make an impact in the world and I found it in Laboure. The men and women we work with are making an impact in this world and I am blessed to be apart of this family.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Laboure is the most rewarding nonprofit organization I have served in my life! What a privilege to make an investment and/or donate time as a volunteer to terrific young men and women wanting to dedicate rest of their lives (but blocked by student debt) to serving others, society, sick, poor, and those less fortunate. For your ROI, this is best nonprofit I can recommend due to a total focus on the mission, talented lean staff, strong endorsements from alumni Laboure aspirants (now in religious/priestly formation) and Catholic bishops. Attached are photos from alumni aspirants with supporters including Bishop Robert Barron, and recent "Boot Camp" where Christian-based fundraising principles are taught.

Caitlin C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to The Laboure Society by the vocation director for my home diocese. At the time I was trying to fund raise on my own to pay off my student loan debt in order to enter religious life and realized that I needed more help. At first I was hesitant about flying out to Minnesota, but through prayer and The Holy Spirit I was strengthened to "Go out into the Deep". By joining The Laboure Society, my vocation to becoming a consecrated sister in the Roman Catholic Church has been saved! I have been given a second chance because of The Laboure Society. Without the Laboure Society, my vocation would have been lost. The Laboure Society is not only a Great Nonprofit, The Laboure Society is an answer to prayer!

Advisor

Rating: 5

By far the best non-profit organization I've had the pleasure to work with. The hallmarks of Labouré are integrity, a passion for their mission, and a deep commitment to helping others achieve their vocation goals. Highly recommended.

1 Rick E.1

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society is a unique organization that comes along-side individual's (Aspirants) whose only obstacle to enter formation to become Priests, Sisters & Brothers is their student loan debt. We train them in the best practices of fund-raising and support them as they raise funds as a class. The Labouré Society has partnered with business women and men from the around the country so that each Aspirant has an Accountability Coach that they meet with weekly. Not only are individuals trained in best practices of fund-raising but in a whole host of leadership qualities including; public speaking, evangelism, relationship building, time management, all skills that they will take with them into their vocation. They have an opportunity to make a decision to pursue their vocation everyday by writing letters, picking up the phone and building relationships with investors. Countless Vocations are saved from years of paying off student loan debt or the danger of being lost altogether. It has been an unspeakable joy to witness numerous men and women overcome the one obstacle holding them back and to see them enter formation. Please pray for and support The Labouré Society.

Nelson C.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an Aspirant of the Laboure Society from 2013-2014. Through the intercession of Saint Catherine Laboure and this incredible organization, I was awarded a grant which enabled my entrance into formation for the diocesan priesthood. Over 200 men and women have likewise entered formation to the priesthood and religious life due to this community. Laboure is truly a gift to the Church and thus to the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The mission of the Laboure Society is very clear and very defined. It is to help men and women give their lives to Christ through Catholic vocations to the Church. Many, if not most, would be unable to do this without the help of the Laboure Society. The staff is small but extremely dedicated to the mission. In short, it is an amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who is discerning religious life the Laboure Society has been a Godsend. Everyone at the office is always so helpful and generous with their time. I am so grateful for the work they do to help promote religious vocations!

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This review responds to the September review set forth above from a past Labouré donor. First, we at Labouré are deeply grateful for the donor's investment in vocations. Our mission would not be possible without support like his/hers. Second, a very important clarification is necessary. A donor's gift to a Laboure "aspirant class" ( a class of 15-20 men and women raising funds as a collective class for vocations) is never "wasted". The aspirants working through the Labouré program do not raise money for themselves, they raise money as a class with all donations being designated for the class in honor of an aspirant. For instance, a check would be made out to The Laboure Society in honor of a particular aspirant. This model preserves the charitable deduction for the donor (Labouré is a 501c3 non profit organization) and avoids income tax implications for the aspirant. At the end of the 6 month class, the total amount raised by the class is divided into awards for each aspirant. That money is held in reserve for the aspirant by Labouré, the aspirant never "receives" any funds. At that point, Laboure pays the aspirants' lenders directly with a minimum monthly payment over the course of 36 months. In the 37th month the loan is paid off in full. So, if the aspirant discerns out of a community within those 36 months the money that was awarded is held in reserve for other aspirant needs to remove their student loan impediment. It is extremely important for donors to understand that any donation to the Labouré General Fund or to an aspirant class will always be applied to the mission of delivering future priests and religious to the Catholic Church. Donations to the Labouré aspirants are NEVER wasted. The whole program is specifically designed to avoid that outcome. Any questions about this review can be directed to Bill LeMire at the Labouré Society at 651-295-2548. Please pray for our aspirants who seek nothing other than to devote their lives to Christ. May it please God!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

Pros - You will be helping Aspirants to enter the priesthood and the religious life.

Cons – Laboure Society only helps individuals with their student loans excluding their other debts which will delay their entering. There is no assurance from those Aspirants that they will finish their respective formations. There is no binding contract between the said organization and the Aspirants. In other words, if an individual decided to leave, they are not required to pay back. In the process, the money that we the benefactors donated are gone to waste.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Labouré Society exists to provide financial assistance and spiritual support to individuals who must resolve student loans in order to pursue a vocation to the priesthood and/or religious life in the Catholic Church.

They have assisted hundreds in pursuing their vocation, a vocation that without the help of Labouré they would never have been able to live out. I have volunteered for Labouré for nearly 6 years, and I am so humbled and proud to be a part of their beautiful work.