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Partners Advancing Catholic Education

Home and School Association

Our Lady of Mercy School

October 21, 2014

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“Our vision is clear: our Catholic schools are a vital part of the teaching mission of the Church…We must respond to challenging times with faith, vision and the will to succeed because the Catholic school’s mission is vital to the future of our young people, our nation, and most especially our Church.”

(United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium)

healey education foundation
Healey Education Foundation
  • Helping Schools Help Themselves
    • A New Business Model
    • Sustainable Change
    • Strategic Partnerships
    • Catholic Schools
guiding principles unique approach
Guiding Principles, Unique Approach
  • Bottom up and top down – Strong leadership and support
  • Local control – Advancement Director
  • Hands on – Healey Team Members
  • Empower the laity – Board of Limited Jurisdiction
  • Best practices – Mission driven, data-informed, family centered
  • Stake in the game/entrepreneurial – School financial commitment
the advancement methodology
The Advancement Methodology

Governance

Constituent

Relations

Communications

Mission

Enrollment

Management

Development

the elementary school program what healey provides
The Elementary School Program - What Healey Provides
  • Select 6 schools
  • Years 1, 2, and 3
  • Healey Consultant – bi-weekly visits
  • Full time school advancement director
  • Ongoing training, coaching, quarterly and custom workshops
  • Advancement Director, Pastor, Principal, Board
  • Implementation of our methodology and tools
  • Board of Limited Jurisdiction implementation
  • Incentive grants to schools - $25K, $12.5K, $12.5K
parent survey what you said
Parent Survey – What You Said
  • High Marks
    • Your child is safe and secure at school – 91%
    • Facility – 84%
    • Principal and faculty accessibility – 80%
  • Need for Improvement
    • The value of the school’s education is equal to the tuition – 51%
    • Clear communication of school’s financial position – 22%
quotes what you said
Quotes - What You Said
  • When there is little or no information, “noise” fills the void
  • Core values, high quality academics, faith based commitment – that’s why we made the choice
  • We can be our own worst enemy
  • We are ready and willing to help – let us
  • All of us – school, parents, faculty, parishioners, pastors – we need to make a passionate case about the value of Our Lady of Mercy
our lady of mercy school mission
Our Lady of Mercy School - Mission
  • Create/revise/reaffirm a clear, concise and compelling mission
  • Own the mission; Integrate into the life of Our Lady of Mercy School
  • Honor the past, create and celebrate the present, prepare for the future
  • Capture the spirit of “Mercy”
  • Use mission to build the brand
our lady of mercy school enrollment
Our Lady of Mercy School - Enrollment
  • Enrollment is job #1
  • Build the brand – parent, student, faculty, parishioners, community
  • Retention, retention, retention
  • Target Kindergarten recruitment
  • Parent ambassadors to “champion” the school
  • Build the board
  • The conversation must shift from cost to value/benefits/impact/outcomes
our lady of mercy school development and finance
Our Lady of Mercy School – Development and Finance
  • Build the Board
  • Develop a clear, concise and compelling case
  • Build a culture of philanthropy
  • It is your commitment that leads others to their commitment
  • Financial transparency, accountability, and reporting
final word
Final Word

“Ensuring the future of Catholic schools is my personal mission -- it is my ministry, it was my heritage, and it will be my legacy.”

- Robert T. Healey, Sr.

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