Faith in the Future Foundation, the organization formed in 2012 to support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, will launch a day-long fund drive Wednesday, May 27.

The impetus for its first E-Giving Day was an anonymous donor’s $500,000 matching gift – for every dollar donated, the donor match up to a half-million dollars.

James S. Friend Jr., chief development officer for Faith in the Future, said in an email message May 20 that donors’ gift during the drive will help with tuition costs for the more than 14,000 students of the 17 Catholic high schools and four schools of special education in the archdiocese.

The donor, Friend wrote, “knows that we turn charitable gifts to our foundation into system-wide investments in our schools and in our students — need-based scholarships, technology enhancements, new academic programs and so much more.”

He added that donations made now can counted in the totals to be matched by the anonymous donor. The gifts can also be spread over several months, at a donor’s discretion.

The initiative is part of the foundation’s annual appeal, “Join the New Spirit.”