Appeal FAQ

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How much are the administration costs of the Appeal?

How are parish goals determined?

What is the sharing formula between the Parish and the Diocese?

Why does it make sense to donate to the Appeal rather than directly to my Parish?

How much has been given back to parishes in the last 6 years?

How were past Appeal donations spent?

What does the Appeal support?

How will 2016 Appeal donations be spent? (Budgeted)


How much are the administration costs of the Appeal?

$50,000 (for 2015 Appeal — 5.4%) broken down as follows:

Office supplies and miscellaneous

$1,000
Travel expenses $1,000
Bank charges for direct deposit and credit card fees $5,000
Postage and mailing $8,000
Print and Digital Material (brochures, envelopes, letterhead, tax receipts) $10,000
Administrative assistant (plan, process pledges, donations & tax receipts) $25,000

In order to reduce costs:

  • The Appeal Leadership Guide is now prepared and distributed electronically
  • Appeal Video is produced in house and will be available through online links
  • Print materials redesigned and production numbers reduced
  • One mailing in February combining thank you letter with tax receipts

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How are parish goals determined?

Parish goals are determined using a five-year average of parish collections, prorated across the total overall Appeal Goal.

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What is the sharing formula between the Parish and the Diocese?

Every dollar raised up to the goal 20% is for the parish project
Every dollar raised above the goal 80% is for the parish project
Every dollar raised beyond 200% of the goal 100% is for the parish project

 

Example: Parish Goal is $50,000

PLEDGE AMOUNT RECEIVED % ALLOCATED TO PARISH $ TO PARISH
Pledges of $40,000 $40,000 x 20% $8,000
Pledges of $50,000 $50,000 x 20% $10,000
Pledges of $60,000

$50,000 x 20% ($10,000)
$10,000 x 80% ($  8,000)

$18,000
Pledges of $100,000 $50,000 x 20% ($10,000)
$50,000 x 80% ($40,000)
$50,000
Pledges of $120,000 $50,000 x 20%   ($10,000)
$50,000 x 80%   ($40,000)
$20,000 x 100% ($20,000)
$70,000

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Why does it make sense to donate to the Appeal rather than directly to my Parish?

Donations made to your parish, in the weekly collection or as part of a major fundraiser, are subject to a 22% assessment. Within the Appeal, the Diocese receives 20% on pledges above the parish goal, and for any pledges above 200%, the Diocese receives 0%.

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How much has been given back to parishes in the last 6 years?

The parish share payments to parishes for the last 5 years were:

2010 Journey of Hearts & Hands $    443,159
2011 On Our Way $    330,885
2012 Forward With Courage $    221,945
2013 In Proportion to Our Blessings $    180,671
2014 As a Family, As a Church (as at 8/31/15) $    219,164
2015 i share, we care $    203,000
  TOTAL $ 1,598,824

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How were past Appeal donations spent?

  2014
As a Family,
As a Church 
2015
i share,    
we care    
2015 Budget
Annual Appeal Pledges $ $ $
  Pledges received for 2014 857,153    
  Pledges received for 2015   839,401  
  Pledges not yet received for 2015   79,434  
Total Pledges 857,153 918,835 750,000
Annual Appeal Expenditures      
  Parish Share (payments to parishes) 219,164 203,000 150,000
  Outreach      
     Retired Clergy Pension Support 100,000 66,667 100,000
     First Nations Support 47,004 33,336 50,000
     Parish Mission Outreach 26,900 12,000 25,000
  Education      
     Island Catholic Schools 325,000 325,000 325,000
     Religious Education 24,000 16,000 25,000
     Youth Ministry 26,500 16,000 25,000
  Appeal Direct Costs 57,404 32,146 50,000
Total Expenditures 825,972 704,149 750,000
2014 Appeal Expenses Paid in 2016 31,181    –
Estimated Expenditures to be paid
(September – December 2016)
214,686

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What does the Appeal support?

Parish Share – Payments to Parishes

Funds were used by parishes to support local initiatives. Such projects included:

  • Refugee sponsorship
  • Youth retreats
  • The creation of gardens and grottos
  • Building repair and maintenance
  • Repayment of parish debt

Outreach    

Retired Clergy Pension Support 

  • Retirement benefits for 8 priests between the ages of 68 and 92
  • Assistance with long term care for 1 retired sister

First Nations Support 

  • Priest and Religious Sisters providing pastoral ministry in the Cowichan Valley
  • Children and Youth after-school program, and breakfast program
  • Sacramental Preparation
  • Clergy and First Nations Elder provide community services
  • Clergy travel and expenses to remote communities to celebrate Mass and the Sacraments, including Ahousaht, Zeballos, Opitsath, Penelakut Island and Nanaimo Reserves 1 & 4
  • Rental space for downtown Victoria outreach program

Parish Mission Outreach   
Assist with basic operational costs such as: heat, light, insurance and priests’ travel, for small parishes including:

  • North Island Catholic Communities (St. Bonaventure, Port Hardy; St. Theresa’s, Port Alice; St. Mary’s, Port McNeill; and Our Lady of Assumption, Alert Bay)
  • St. Louis de Montfort, Lake Cowichan
  • St. Ann’s, Duncan
  • Holy Family, Ucluelet and St. Francis of Assisi, Tofino

Education    

Island Catholic Schools Capital Plan    

  • Mortgage for expansion of St. Joseph’s School, Victoria
  • Seismic upgrades, St. Patrick's Elementary Schoo, Victoria
  • Renovations and upgrades to St. Andrew's Regional High School, Victoria

Up-Island Schools
Support with general operating expenses for:

  • Queen of Angels, Duncan
  • St. Joseph Elementary School, Chemainus
  • John Paul II, Port Alberni

Religious Education 

  • Education and training of parish catechists for Children’s Catechesis and Sacramental Preparation
  • Books and supplies for parish catechists
  • Resources for  K-12 Religion Curriculum

Youth Ministry 

  • Office of Youth Ministry
  • Youth retreats and camps
  • Diocesan Youth Conference with 150 participants
  • Family Life Conference and Camp with more than 275 participants 

Appeal Direct Costs    

  • Office supplies and miscellaneous expenses
  • Travel expenses 
  • Bank charges for direct deposit and credit card fees 
  • Postage and mailing           
  • Print and Digital Material (brochures, envelopes, letterhead, tax receipts)
  • Administrative Assistant (plan, coordinate and process the pledges, donations & tax receipts)

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How will 2016 Appeal donations be spent? (Budgeted)

Island Catholic Schools – Growing Future Leaders: $325,000                           

  • Renovations, capital improvements and seismic upgrades
    • Seismic upgrades, St. Patrick's Elementary School, Victoria
    • Renovations and upgrades to St. Andrew's Regional High School, Victoria
    • Mortgage for expansion of St. Joseph's Elementary School, Victoria

Parish Share: $150,000

  • Allow parishes to support local initiatives such as parish renovations and repairs, debt reduction, local and overseas mission support, and youth programs

Home Missions: $100,000

  • Support struggling communities within our Diocese by assisting small parishes with funds for basic operations, including heat, light, insurance and priests’ travel
  • Provide travel and support payments for the RVM Sisters’ ministry to outlying communities

Retired Clergy Pension Support: $75,000

  • Contribute additional funds necessary to provide an adequate pension for 8 priests and 1 sister

Religious Education & Faith Formation: $50,000

  • Provide education and training to parish catechists for Children’s Catechesis and Sacramental Preparation
  • Support of the Office of Youth Ministry, Youth Camps and the Diocesan Youth Conference
  • Support annual Diocesan family camp
  • Organize and/or facilitate retreats, guest speakers for adult education
  • Adult Diocesan Conference

Appeal Direct Cost: $50,000

  • Mailing, print materials and administration

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