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.