What’s the purpose of the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation?
The Catholic Services Appeal Foundation ensures that your gift is used for the purposes for which you gave it. All gifts we receive are restricted to the Designated Ministries for this Archdiocese, including our parishes which receive a rebate if they make their goal.
Why not just give to my own parish or individual ministries?
We are members of the “one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church” and are called to serve our brothers and sisters throughout our larger community and the world. While your parish certainly needs your support to continue and grow its ministry, there are many valuable ministries which are larger than any single parish and benefit us all – hospital chaplains, prison ministry, American Indian ministry, evangelization and catechesis initiatives, tuition assistance for Catholic school students, support for seminarians in formation for the priesthood, and assistance for the most needy among us, are some examples of areas of need best targeted in a big-picture way. Additionally, most ministries supported by the CSAF do not have the resources to do their own fundraising – if the support they receive through the CSAF declined or went away, they would need to cut back on what they do to serve others.
Why should we, being a rural parish, support the CSAF?
The CSAF supports ministries that benefit people all across our archdiocese. The 320 Catholic high school students who receive a CSAF scholarship come from 92 parishes throughout the Archdiocese. From Latino Ministry which serves tens of thousands of our Spanish speaking brothers and sisters throughout our region to the evangelization and catechesis initiatives which invite us all to rediscover the depth and beauty of our Catholic faith through inspiring programming and opportunities to grow in the faith. From marriage preparation programs to the support that is offered to the men studying for the priesthood at The Saint Paul Seminary and Saint John Vianney College Seminary. These are just some of the ministries supported by the CSAF that truly touch us all. We know that we are called by Christ to serve those in need in our midst- so our assistance to those we may never meet makes a real impact in their lives and supports the dignity we all have because we are created in the image and likeness of God.
Why should we do the in pew process – it seems to make people feel uncomfortable?
It is used because it gives people at Mass who may not be registered in a parish or who did not respond to the Foundation’s direct mailing and opportunity to give. When you walk through the process slowly and patiently, you not only provide an explanation of how to fill out a pledge card but you also allow potential donors the time to think about what they are willing to donate. The return on the in pew process can easily make the difference between a parish not making goal – or making goal and receiving the 25% rebate on all money your parish collects through the CSAF.
What is the rebate structure?
The Foundation has maintained last year’s rebate structure:
- Above 100% = 25% rebate of everything collected
- 90-99.9% = 10% rebate of everything collected
- Under 90% = 0%
What is the overall goal for the 2017 CSAF?
The overall goal will remain the same as in the past few years, $9.3 million.
What are the parish goals for the 2017 CSAF and how are they calculated?
For the 2017 CSAF, each parish goal will remain exactly the same as it was in the 2016 CSAF.
The formula used to create these goals is:
- For a parish with a school (or supporting a regional or consolidated school) the goal is 5% of offertory.
- For parishes without a school the goal is 6% of offertory.