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Create
Partnerships

Create Partnerships
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Discover and
Analyze

Discover and Analyze
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Identify the Plan
for Success

Identify the Plan for Success
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Implement
the Plan

Implement the Plan
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Empower
 

Empower
Step 3 For the Future of Catholic Schools:

Identify the Plan for Success

Sustainable success begins with a strategic plan that creates a path forward. It becomes a reality through developing and executing on goals and tactics.

At the heart of Healey’s approach to Catholic school sustainability are the proven strategies and tactics applied by universities, colleges and independent schools.

Identify the Plan for Success

The Local Plan

In more than 60 elementary and high schools across five dioceses, the Healey local model has become standard operating practice. This plan for implementing the Healey Advancement Methodology requires:

  • Top-down, Bottom-up Sustainable Change — Consistent, supportive leadership from the diocese and purposeful, sound action at the school level together ensure long-term success.
  • Empowered Laity — The school’s Board of Specified Jurisdiction doesn’t just advise. Instead, the board is entrusted with decision making, policy making and financial accountability. It is goal and results oriented.
  • Local Control — A full-time advancement director in elementary schools and admissions and institutional advancement directors in high schools bring the business strategy to fruition. Tactics must be embraced by the school community, true to the school’s mission and measurable.
  • Hand-on Consulting — Healey guides each partner school in the hiring and training of staff required to implement the local model. Key staff and constituents participate in workshops and regular meetings with a Healey Director of Schools. The president, principal, advancement and admissions staff, pastor and board members have opportunities to learn, share and resolve issues in order to move forward.
  • Best Practices — Healey shares tried and tested methods, processes and tools for creating and perpetuating a mission-driven, data-informed and family-centered educational environment. Best practices empower schools to successfully deliver better enrollment, stronger fundraising and more effective governance.
  • A Stake in the Game — Each school is invested in its own future. By committing financial resources to hiring the right staff and budgeting for the required infrastructure and tools, the school demonstrates its broader commitment to strong leadership, building a culture of philanthropy and meeting its mission.

The Centralized Plan

Through its work in Camden, NJ, the Healey Education Foundation has funded, energized and helped sustain Catholic schools meeting the needs of underserved populations. In a centralized model such as the Catholic Partnership Schools, which Healey co-founded and now supports through board participation, a network of schools is administered by a single non-profit entity that centralizes financial, academic and operational management and oversight. An executive team manages admissions, development and student-centered enrichment programs for the network.

As in the local model, tactics are embraced by the school community, true to each school’s mission and measurable. The executive team and board have significant autonomy in policy and operations for the network of schools; the diocese retains high-level reserved powers, including oversight of Catholic identity.

The fundraising strategy to start this model differs considerably from individual school-based fundraising. Healey understands both.

The Healey Education Foundation consults directly with dioceses and fellow philanthropists interested in analyzing and designing centralized models. We also advise on cultivating founding gifts and board members.

Close-up, change can seem daunting and difficult. But when we take a broader and longer-term view, it becomes exciting. ”

Kelly KeaneDirector of Institutional Advancement

Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, PA)