The most recent Parish-by-Parish Catholic Ministries Appeal results posted on dor.org are dated March 30. As of that point the diocese had received pledges totaling $4,795,791 against a total assessment of $5,294,734. In other words, total pledges are now at 90.6 % of total parish assessment.
New donors tapering off
The number of new donors has been running at about 7 per day over the last 3 weeks (it had been 18 per day one month ago) and new pledges have averaged $260 during the same period (thanks, in large part, to 9 pledges totaling $14,905). If the trend over the last 3 weeks continues through the end of the drive in May, the 2008-09 CMA will wind up about $386,100 (or 7.3%) short of its goal.
Total number of donors still down significantly
The total number of CMA donors is now 33,433, over 3,500 short of last year's "more than 37,000." The difference in unemployment rates can account for roughly 1,000 of the missing donors but that still leaves 2,500 or more of last year's contributors inexplicably absent from this year's campaign.
Monroe County parishes that kept their schools continue to outperform those that lost schools
The Monroe County parishes that lost their schools last June continue to lag significantly behind those that kept theirs. Overall, the "Kept Schools" group has pledges running at 99.3% of CMA assessment while the "Lost Schools" group's pledges are at 84.0%. Were the latter group pledging at the same rate as the former their overall pledges would be about $117,600 higher than they actually are.
Individual MCCS parishes
Data for 10 of the 11 Monroe County parishes that kept their schools are being reported by DOR. (Peace of Christ Parish is conducting a combined CMA and parish fund drive and is not included.) Half of these parishes have reached their CMA assessments and pledges at all but 2 are at or above the diocesan average. In addition, only 1 of these parishes is currently $10,000 or more short of its assessment: Christ the King ($11,583 short).
12 of the 13 Monroe County parishes that lost their schools are still in existence. Of this group only 1 parish has reached its CMA assessment and all but 2 are below the diocesan average. Furthermore, 7 of these parishes are $10,000 or more short of their assessments. These parishes (and their shortages) are St. Margaret Mary ($10,185), St. Andrew ($10,782), Good Shepherd ($11,303), St. Theodore ($11,530), St. John the Evangelist ($12,142), Holy Trinity ($19,393) and St. John of Rochester ($24,883).