Monday, November 17, 2008

The CMA is lagging in parishes that lost their schools

The diocese has been updating its online CMA progress page quite regularly of late. I've been visiting every few days and capturing whatever happens to be there at the time. Since I've now got about a month's worth of numbers I thought it might be time to do a little "data mining" and see what information might be buried in all those figures.

One very interesting result has emerged. When all the parishes that kept their schools are treated as one group and all those that had their schools closed are treated as a second group, it is blindingly obvious that the former group is outperforming the latter.

As of last Friday the spread between the two groups was 10.53% of CMA Assessment. Translating that percent to dollars, if the Closed Schools group were pledging at the same rate as the Open Schools group, their combined pledges would be almost $81,000 higher than they actually are.


Anonymous said...

I too noticed this trend emerging over the past few weeks. Perhaps it's because the Catholic School families (parents, grandparents, teachers, staff, alumni,etc) have donated more in the past than those with no ties to the schools. I fall into several of those categories and have no intention of giving to that "appeal".
It makes no logical sense to alienate the one group who is willing to spend money to immerse their children in their faith. The DoR has been doing that for 30 years.

Mike said...

Amen, CathMom.

BTW, I read your comment about Bill Pickett on Rich Leonardi's blog and almost fell out of my chair laughing at your question, "When will the DoR find an 'expert' who hasn't failed at their previous job???"

That is so true and DOR is so blind to that truth that the only thing I could do is laugh.

There are just no "eyes to see and ears to hear" on Buffalo Rd.