DAA total at $1.2 million
By RENEE WEBB, Globe editor
Posted December 5, 2002
As of Dec. 2, the Diocesan Annual Appeal of the Diocese of Sioux City raised
Steve Elbert, director of development, pointed out that while it fell short
of its $1.4 million goal, funds raised did surpass the minimum needs goal of
"I am pleased with the response from the parishioners and the leadership
from our priests for DAA this year. Coming off of the Centennial Campaign for
Excellence as well as other factors, we were not certain how well we would
do," he said. "Given the economic climate and also the recent (child
sexual abuse) scandal in the Catholic Church, it is heartening that people
supported us in the 2002 Diocesan Annual Appeal. Overall we are pleased with the
It is not uncommon for contributions to the appeal to trickle in through
spring, so the final tally should increase.
"If people have not responded, we encourage them to help us fund our
annual programs and ministries," said Elbert.
Money raised through DAA helps fund diocesan programs and services including
adult and family ministries, Catholic Charities, multi-cultural ministries, the
religious education media center, tribunal, information services, permanent
diaconate and general program underwriting.
The diocese relies on the annual appeal to fund yearly operations of
ministries while the recent centennial campaign addresses the future needs of
parishes and the diocese through the establishment of endowments.
In addition to supporting diocesan level programming and ministry needs, all
diocesan Catholic schools and every parish benefit from funds raised through the
Diocesan Annual Appeal.
On the basis of 100 percent goal achievement, each parish will receive the
following return: a two-school parish receives 78 percent of the money and the
diocesan share is 22 percent; a one-school parish receives 38 percent of the
money and the diocesan share is 62 percent; and parishes with no schools receive
13 percent while the diocese receives 87 percent of the money.
Parishes receive 100 percent of funds raised above their goal.
"Many parishes rely on DAA to help them with their yearly
expenses," said Elbert. "It's an organized effort that is efficient
and effective." With that in mind, many of the parishes try hard to surpass
their goal because they know the money will come back to them.
Nearly 50 percent of the parishioners took part in DAA with an average size
pledge of $88. The development director pointed out that if all parishioners who
contributed last year would do so again this year they would come close to the
$1.4 million goal.
"The annual appeal is a vital part of parish ministries, diocesan
ministries and other spiritual programs in our diocese," said Elbert.
"We are very grateful to our volunteers and our pastors for all of the
leadership they provide during this yearly event."
He extended thanks to everyone who participated in DAA either through giving
or through prayer.