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1. What is the role of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri?

Founded in 2013, the mission of the Roman Catholic Foundation of Eastern Missouri (Roman Catholic Foundation) is to build endowed funds that will continue to support Catholic parishes, schools, and ministries throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis for generations to come. As part of its initial philanthropic efforts, the Roman Catholic Foundation is conducting an Archdiocesan-wide fundraising campaign in support of our parishes and Catholic schools. The campaign has the blessing and support of Archbishop Carlson.

2. What is the rationale for the campaign?

In 2018, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Catholic education. Throughout two centuries we have been guided by the Holy Spirit and sustained through the thriving spirit of Catholicism in St. Louis. It is time to be grateful for past blessings and plan for the future! It is the responsibility of today’s Catholics to ensure that our parishes and schools have the resources to provide the proper environment to teach, prepare, and nurture the next generation of Catholics.

Annually we educate approximately 58,000 students in our 140 Catholic schools and through our numerous religious education programs. Our objective with this campaign is to raise more than $100 million to:

  • Create the Beyond Sunday Education Fund that will give middle-income families access to scholarship aid; ensure that our schools remain competitive to attract and retain skilled teachers and staff; and provide the resources necessary to ensure the latest technological and educational advancements are made available to our students; and,
  • Give each parish the ability to address its individual needs by raising funds for their own use.

3. When will parishes participate in the campaign?

All parishes will conduct their campaigns as part of a “Block” of parishes between June 2015 and December 2016:

  • The first group of parish campaigns (Block 1) launched in June of 2015;
  • The second group of parish campaigns (Block 2) launched in January of 2016; and,
  • The third group of parish campaigns (Block 3) launched in July of 2016.

In order to better position parishes to meet their goal, we will respectfully request consideration of a larger-size commitment from families that may be able to consider an extraordinary “leadership gift” or “major gift” that will make the most positive impact possible. Please keep in mind that this request is a suggested amount; we simply ask that each family prayerfully consider a sacrificial level of support that is appropriate for their situation, and will gratefully receive all commitments to Beyond Sunday in the same spirit in which they are given.

4. What share of campaign dollars raised will the parishes receive?

Each parish will receive 40% of the funds raised through their parish campaign and will use these funds to address their own local needs as identified in their parish case for support. For example, a parish may choose to use its share of the funds to create a parish or school endowment, support its faith formation programs, parish ministries, or to make improvements to parish infrastructure. If an affluent parish does not have critical needs it may choose to partner or “twin” with a parish in more need or school, or support Catholic Charities, St. Vincent DePaul Society or any number of Catholic organizations with its share.

5. Why are donors asked to complete a pledge card?

Pledge cards aid in appropriately recording and acknowledging commitments and in providing donors with a reminder of subsequent payments according to the schedule they request. Donors are asked to sign the pledge card, indicating that they have authorized the terms of the gift as reported on the card. (The pledge card is not considered a legally binding document.)

6. Are donors able to pay pledges using a credit card, debit card, or through automatic withdrawal from a checking account?

Yes. A donor may fulfill a pledge using a credit card, debit card, or automatic withdrawal from a checking account. The donor simply completes an authorization form with the required information. These forms will be included in all campaign materials presented to parishioners.

7. Can donors make gifts of stock or other non-cash gifts?

Yes. The campaign accepts gifts of stock and other non-liquid assets, including real estate. Donors wishing to make non-cash gifts should speak with their pastor/pastoral administrator or contact the Roman Catholic Foundation at 314.918.2890. If considering an estate gift, donors should contact the Roman Catholic Foundation directly for assistance. Donors should always consult their financial advisor before making a planned gift.

8. Are gifts to the campaign tax deductible?

Yes. Gifts to the campaign are tax deductible as allowed by law. The application of such laws varies with individual financial circumstances.

9. Who will manage pledge redemption?

The Roman Catholic Foundation will manage a comprehensive pledge redemption program on behalf of the parishes so as not to burden them with the task. Donors will receive pledge reminders according to the schedule they indicate on the campaign pledge card.

10. How will the shared funds be returned to the parishes?

As funds are collected through the pledge redemption process, parishes will receive their disbursements semi-annually on a cash received basis.

11. Will the campaign affect parish offertory?

Parish offertory is expected to remain constant as parishioners will be asked to consider campaign gifts over and above their regular giving.

12. Will parishes continue to take part in the Annual Catholic Appeal during the campaign?

Yes. The Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) is critical to the day-to-day operation of Archdiocesan services and ministries. A reduction in ACA collections would place the future of many people, served by services and ministries that are supported by the ACA, at risk.

13. The Annual Catholic Appeal and the Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation also raise funds for financial assistance for students. How will this be different?

The Annual Catholic Appeal provides the yearly operating funds necessary to support the many ministries and good works of the Archdiocese. The Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation provides annual scholarships to economically disadvantaged families in need of financial assistance for their children to attend Catholic schools.

The Beyond Sunday campaign is being conducted by the Roman Catholic Foundation as a one-time fundraising initiative with the dual-purpose of strengthening our parishes and our schools. Specifically, it will:

  • Create the Beyond Sunday Education Fund that will provide need-based scholarships to middle-income families and invest in our schools for generations to come; and,
  • Give parishes the opportunity to address their own local needs with the 40% of the funds raised through their parish campaign.

14. Will the Alive in Christ! Mission Advancement Initiative annual assessment continue during and beyond this campaign?

Yes. Approximately 2,686 students are attending 96 Catholic parish elementary schools throughout the Archdiocese as recipients of Alive in Christ! Scholarships. The commitment to families receiving these scholarships is to follow their child(ren) through 8th grade graduation. Therefore, that particular parish assessment will continue during and beyond our campaign. An update on Alive in Christ! can be found here.

15. How will the Roman Catholic Foundation use the remaining 60% of the campaign dollars raised?

After campaign expenses are deducted, the funds are invested in the Beyond Sunday Education Fund which will transform Catholic education in three ways:

  • Financial help for middle-income families through scholarship support to enroll more children in our Catholic schools;
  • Funding to schools to develop more competitive educational programs  in the STREAM disciplines (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math); and,
  • Transformational Innovation for system-wide implementation of groundbreaking ideas that will enhance the operational and business models of our schools.

Scholarship funds are available to students in K-12 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Grants in support of STREAM and Transformational Innovation are available to parochial and Archdiocesan schools and education programs.

In order to jumpstart the distribution process, beginning in 2016, the Roman Catholic Foundation will distribute up to $5 million per year for the first five years; the amount directed to each of the three components will be determined by a Roman Catholic Foundation Grants Committee that will review all applications. The remaining funds will be placed into a Beyond Sunday Education Fund with all investments morally screened according to USCCB guidelines.

16. How will Beyond Sunday benefit special education?

The Beyond Sunday Education Fund is designed to increase the percentage of Catholic school-aged children enrolled in Catholic schools in Eastern Missouri, including students enrolled in special education programs, who will be eligible to receive Beyond Sunday Education Fund scholarships. Special education schools will also be eligible for both Academic Capacity Enhancement and Transformational Innovation grants.

17. What is the governance structure of the Roman Catholic Foundation?

The Roman Catholic Foundation is a 501c(3) public charity, independent from the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The Roman Catholic Foundation is managed by Mark J. Guyol, the President & CEO, who reports to the Roman Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees.

Members of the Board of Trustees include:

  • Mr. Donald and Mrs. Nancy Ross
  • Mr. Leonard and Mrs. Pat Dino
  • Mr. Frederick and Mrs. Michele Forshaw
  • Mr. Niall and Mrs. Gretchen Gannon
  • Msgr. Vernon Gardin
  • Mr. Michael and Mrs. Rita Mooney
  • Mr. Stephen Notestine
  • Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Susan Sansone
  • Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Rosemary Shaughnessy
  • Mr. Kevin and Mrs. Patti Short
  • Mr. David and Mrs. Diane Snively
  • Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Ex-Officio
  • Mr. Mark J. Guyol, Ex-Officio
  • Msgr. Mark S. Rivituso, Ex-Officio
  • Ms. Nancy J. Werner, Ex-Officio

18. Who oversees the funds for the campaign?

The Roman Catholic Foundation staff has engaged Morgan Stanley/Graystone Consulting to invest the Beyond Sunday Education Fund. This process is overseen by the Roman Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees through the Board’s Investment Sub-Committee.

The Investment Sub-Committee members, who are all members of the Roman Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees, include:

  • Mr. Niall Gannon, Chair
  • Mr. Leonard Dino
  • Mrs. Michele Forshaw
  • Mr. David Snively

19. Who oversees the investment of the funds?

The Roman Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees has formed a Grants Committee to oversee all grant-making. All activity of the Grants Committee is reported back to the Board.

The committee membership includes:

    • Mrs. Susan Sansone, Grants Committee Chair, Roman Catholic Foundation Boardmember
    • Mrs. Suann Fields, Director of Operations & Finance, Roman Catholic Foundation
    • Mr. Mark Guyol, President & CEO, Roman Catholic Foundation
    • Mrs. Sharon Jackson, Associate Professor/Chair of Social Work Department, Fontbonne University
    • Dr. John James, Assistant Professor – Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education/Director of Catholic Leadership Programs, St. Louis University
    • Dr. Kurt Nelson, Superintendent of Catholic Education, Archdiocese of St. Louis
    • Msgr. Mike Turek, Pastor, Christ the King Parish
    • Mrs. Lauren Young, Director of Scholarships, Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation

    The Grants Committee’s recommendations will address:

    • The allocation of grant money between Beyond Sunday scholarships and two other grant-making purposes (STREAM investments and innovation grants).
    • All criteria and aspects of the Beyond Sunday scholarships:
    • High school vs Elementary school split; and,
    • New student vs current student split.

    Upon completion of each parish campaign, according to the disbursement schedule, the parish will receive 40% of the funds raised through their campaign and those funds will address their own local needs, as outlined in the respective printed parish case statement.

20. Who oversees the grant-making process of the Beyond Sunday Education Fund?

The Roman Catholic Foundation’s Board of Trustees has formed a Grants Committee to oversee all grant-making. All activity of the Grants Committee is reported back to the Board.

The initial committee membership includes:

  • Mrs. Susan Sansone, Chair, Roman Catholic Foundation Board
  • Msgr. Mike Turek, Pastor, Christ the King Parish
  • Ms. Maureen DePriest, Associate Superintendent for Elementary School Administration of the Archdiocese of St. Louis
  • Ms. Jane Mower, Director of Operations, Today and Tomorrow Educational Foundation
  • Mrs. Suann Fields, Director of Operations & Finance, Roman Catholic Foundation
  • Mr. Mark Guyol, President & CEO, Roman Catholic Foundation

The Grants Committee’s recommendations will address:

  • The allocation of grant money between Beyond Sunday scholarships and two other grant-making purposes (STREAM investments and innovation grants).
  • All criteria and aspects of the Beyond Sunday scholarships:
    • High school vs Elementary school split; and,
    • New student vs current student split.

Upon completion of each parish campaign, according to the disbursement schedule, the parish will receive 40% of the funds raised through their campaign and those funds will address their own local needs, as outlined in the respective printed parish case statement.

21. How do I know that my pledge to this campaign will go to the components outlined in the Beyond Sunday campaign case statement?

The independent auditing firm, RubinBrown L.L.P., will be responsible for the oversight of campaign funds. A yearly audit will be conducted and the Roman Catholic Foundation will report annually on funds received and disbursed.

22. Will the Roman Catholic Foundation publish an independent annual report?

Yes.

23. Will there be full reporting of the campaign receipts and expenditures?

Yes.

24. Are any of the funds from the campaign being used for lawsuits?

No. All funds are being and will be used for the purposes outlined in the campaign case statement and in accordance with donor intent.

25. How will the campaign expenses be paid?

Campaign expenses will be paid from the Roman Catholic Foundation’s portion of the gifts, not from the 40% that will be returned to the parishes.

26. Is Common Core being taught in our schools?

The Archdiocese of St. Louis has not adopted the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathematics or English/Language Arts. We believe curriculum decisions are best addressed by local school leaders, who know best, the unique needs of their students. It is possible that teachers and principals at individual schools may talk about the Common Core State Standards as they evaluate local curriculum because, until now, the CCSS have been the official state standards for Math and English/Language Arts. Teachers may also talk about Common Core as they ensure that students will be prepared to take achievement tests and college entrance exams that are aligned with those standards. While our Catholic schools do not adopt external standards as a whole, they are used as measuring sticks to ensure we are providing students the best possible academic preparation as well as raising them to be faithful and responsible members of our Church and community. The State of Missouri has adopted new standards to replace Common Core and those will become a new measuring stick. Additional information on Common Core can be found here.

27. My parish currently has an endowment with the St. Louis Archdiocesan Fund (SLAF) and would like to use my 40% to add to it. Can I move my endowment over to the Roman Catholic Foundation?

That is great that you would like to add to your endowment! Current endowments must remain in SLAF but you may choose to start a new endowment at the Roman Catholic Foundation.