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STAFF REPORTS THE U.P. CATHOLIC A new initiative in the diocese will give parish- es the opportunity to raise more funds for parish needs. The Diocese of Marquette has partnered with the International Catholic Stewardship Council (ICSC) to improve the Upper Peninsula Catholic Services Appeal (UPCSA) process and help more parishes and missions meet and exceed parish goals. When a parish exceeds its UPCSA goal, all excess funds go to that parish for its own needs. The initiative is primarily funded by a generous frant from Catholic Extension. It includes hands on support for at least two years to implement specif- ic techniques that promote greater participation in the appeal. A 10 to 20 percent increase in the appeal is expected, which will generate additional funds for parishes. If a 10 percent increase is not realized, Catholic Extension will refund the dio- cese's financial commitment to the initiative. The ICSC Diocesan Annual Appeal Consultation Team is a select working group of 14 members of ICSC, experienced diocesan annual appeal staff and professional fundraising counsel. This team has been established to work with dioceses in order to support increased revenue and recom- mend best practices for diocesan annual appeals. Members of the ICSC Team have made several site visits to Marquette to consult with diocesan appeal staff and review existing UPCSA process and materials. In May several ICSC Team members made a presentation to Bishop John Doerfler and the Diocesan Priests Council. The presentation in- cluded the benefits of a high performing annual appeal and several key recom- mendations. Bishop Doerfler approved all seven recommendations with the support of the Priests Council. The recommendations are aimed at better informing the entire diocesan community of the services, ministries, needs, impact and vision of the diocese, both now and in the future. More clergy collaboration has been recommend- ed, as well as training and orientation for parish staff and volunteers who are conducting the appeal at the parish level. Year-round appeal branding will empha- size the impact to lives resulting from use of UPCSA funds. Distinct gift phases are recommended. The first phase is to continue the early ask that precedes the usual parish appeal. This was initiated last year with all dioce- san members receiving a direct mail from the bishop containing a personalized pledge card. The next phase is the parish appeal, with a second ask coming from the pastor. A follow-up phase will ensure that non-responders are given another opportunity to consider a gift. Several parishes have agreed to pilot a new appeal method called In Pew for conducting UPCSA for the 49th appeal. This method, which takes place during Mass on two consecutive weekends, has increased donor participation in many other dio- ceses. In fact, the Diocese of Indianapolis recently adopted this method and saw a 24 percent increase in participation and a 23 percent increase in appeal revenue the first year. I am confident that implementation of ICSC's recommendations will help more parishes to reach their UPCSA goal, commented Tim Thomas, dioc- esan finance director. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC DIOCESAN DIRECTORY August 19, 2016 11 We've proudly completed masonry restoration throughout the Diocese of Marquette. Call us today! Masonry Restoration Water proofing Caulking Cleaning Tuck pointing P.O. Box 146 Grawn, MI 49637 (231) 269-3192 www.northern-restoration.com ST. MARY & ST. JOSEPH PARISH - IRON MOUNTAIN Rvbmjuz gvsojuvsf bu xipmftbmf qsjdft A Catholic family owned & operated company since 1979 Members of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan Ejojoh Sppn Pggjdf Gvsojuvsf Nbuusfttft Vqipmtufsfe Tfut Ljudifo Dbcjofut Cbuisppn Dbcjofut Cfesppn Mjwjoh Sppn Cretens Furniture Factory & Showroom Qfsljot Spbe Qfsljot NJ xxx dsfufotgvsojuvsf dpn N G Tbu Mpehf Dbnq boe Dpuubhf tuzmf gvsojtijoht More parish needs can be met through UPCSA initative

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