Give Back Contest

Give Back Contest

Voting are now closed. Winners will be announced on Facebook during Catholic Schools Week.

We’re celebrating Catholic Schools Week, January 28-February 3, with our annual Give Back Contest!

Catholic school teachers serve an important role—to prepare the next generation for future success and reinforce Catholic values that will help children mature into Christ-like people.   

Teachers help students live their faith beyond the walls of school buildings and navigate the intersection of faith and culture. So much of what teachers do has a profound impact on the lives of students.

Catholic Financial Life will celebrate Catholic Schools Week by honoring Catholic school teachers across the country for their hard work and dedication. Their everyday acts might seem like normal occurrences, but we want to shine a light on them through our Give Back Contest!

How it Works

Nominate a Catholic school teacher for their remarkable dedication to transform the lives of their students. It’s that simple!

The top three teachers will receive a $500 cash prize and their school will receive a $4,000 donation. Contest winners are announced during Catholic Schools Week, January 28-February 3 and will also be featured in the 2024 Spring Radiant Life magazine.

The public will vote for their favorite nominee from January 15-19 via Catholic Financial Life will then convene a panel to determine the top three winners based off the top 10 vote receivers. Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week via social media and Catholic Financial Life’s website. Follow the Catholic Financial Life Facebook page for the latest update on this contest and more.


The Contest will begin on Wednesday, November 1, 2023, and end on Friday, January 5, 2024. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. CT. Voting will take place January 15-19, 2024. Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week, January 28 – February 3, 2024.

If you experience any difficulties submitting your entry, please email

Contest Rules
  • No purchase necessary to enter or win.
  • The Give Back Contest* (the “Contest”) is open to Catholic elementary, middle and high school teachers within the United States.

Contest entries will be accepted from Wednesday, November 1, 2023, through Friday, January 5, 2024. The deadline for entries is Friday, January 5, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. CT. General public voting will take place January 15-19, 2024. Winners will be announced during Catholic Schools Week, January 28 – February 3, 2024.

Winner Selection and Notification

Submissions will be narrowed to the top 10 entries by general public voting. A panel from Catholic Financial Life will select the three winners, based on:

  • Number of votes
  • Impact the teacher made
  • Additional stories and comments that were shared during the voting

Winners will be notified either by phone or email, per the contact information provided at the time of submission.


 Awards will be awarded to three Catholic school teachers, who will be selected by a panel convened by Catholic Financial Life. - Update wording next year. away from prizes to awards.

All three winners will receive a $500 cash prize and a $4,000 donation to their school.


Catholic Financial Life is not responsible for delays, equipment malfunctions, errors or data loss of any kind, lost or unavailable connections, or failed, incomplete or other technological difficulties that may prevent a school from completing their submission. If you experience any difficulties submitting your entry, please email

By entering this contest, you give Catholic Financial Life consent to contact you via telephone and/or email. This contest can be discontinued at any time without notice. Void where prohibited by law.

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