The Diocese of Oakland is embarking on an intensive, second-phase of research to determine if it will begin a major multiyear fundraising effort.
This next step will determine if the proposed capital campaign financial goal is achievable, who might be potential major donors and if there is support for the components of the plan, which could ultimately raise $70 million over four years for the diocese's most pressing needs.
In a March 19 statement, Very Rev. George Mockel, vicar general, recounted that "The Diocese undertook a study in 2011 to determine potential in a multiyear diocesan campaign, along with an assessment of current diocesan fundraising activities and organizational structure. Individual interviews, focus groups and an online survey were utilized to collect data." The online survey was promoted in The Catholic Voice.
Based on that research, Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, bishop of Oakland, has decided "to move forward with a more in-depth interview process. Over the next few weeks, we will update all diocesan leadership boards and other lay leaders on the findings of the study and invite them into the interview process as well," Father Mockel wrote.
Tentatively, about $20 million would be earmarked for parishes. "Some require building, restoration, maintenance, repair or renovations. Others are looking to reduce debt or establish endowments to generate income for local ministries and services," Father Mockel wrote.
An additional $10 million could begin funding for the proposed 1,200-student Blessed John Paul II High School in Livermore, with an additional $5 million to begin an endowment for Catholic education tuitions. Other money could be allocated to Catholic Charities of the East Bay, reducing debt and assisting with other social, educational and infrastructure needs.
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