Please reference two reports published by the University of Notre Name Institute for Church Life entitled "Unleashing Catholic Generosity" and "Steps in the Journey to Becoming a More Generous Person". These report explain the Catholic giving gap in the United States.
Using data from a nationally represtative survey of 1,997 US adults in 2010, the first study finds that American Catholics are less likely than the rest of the population to report giving 10 percent or more of their income to good causes. The Report shows that Catholic parishioners, compared with members of other American faiths, currently report a lack of communication regarding the mission and vision of their parish. In comparison to other faith communities, Catholics also report lower levels of involvement in and "ownership" of their parishes.
The report suggests that altering parish cultures is crutial for unleasing Catholic generosity.
The Second Report finds two decisive factors that promote financial generosity among American Catholics: purposively deciding to give away more money and adopting habitual, systematic practices of giving. American Catholics who made a prior conscious decision to give more money away (at some point in their lives) donated three times as much money to religious and non-religious causes in the previous 12 months as Catholics who said that their financial giving “just happened.” Further, American Catholics who relied on systems or routines in their financial giving gave away two times as much money as those who relied instead on spontaneous or situational giving.
View the reports by clicking on the document's tab to the left.
Do you have a Stewardship plan? It is rare that we can accomplish something really special or great without a plan. No parish would even think of building a new church without a plan. Yet, we somehow think we can build a vibrant parish community without much of a plan at all.
If Stewardship is going to take root and grow in parish communities, we need to develop a plan and follow it. The twelve critical elements of a good and successful stewardship plan are:
In addition to ongoing stewardship in the parishes, the Office of Stewardship and Development at the Archdiocese is here to assist Parish Stewardship, Legacy or Capital Committees to develop strong advancement plans. We have educational resources and some of the “best practices” ideas that are being used in parishes all over the United States.