Tuesday, September 12, 2000

Catholic schools set fund target




By Ben L. Kaufman
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        In its 20th year, Cincinnati's Catholic Inner-City Schools Education Fund has set a Corporate Campaign goal 20 percent above last year's $1 million success.

        CISE hopes that other gifts will raise that total beyond $1.2 million, perhaps as high as $1.5 million, Carol Stevie, executive director, said Monday.

        Of that, $1,250,000 is designated for scholarships next fall among the 1,500 overwhelmingly non-Catholic, non-white and poor students at eight parochial schools: St. Boniface, Northside; Corryville Catholic; St. Francis de Sales, Walnut Hills; St. Francis Seraph, Over-the-Rhine; Holy Family and Resurrection, Price Hill; St. Joseph, West End; and St. Mark, Evanston.

        In addition to scholarships, $200,000 will go for school operating subsidies and $85,000 to administration.

        This year, more than 1,100 CISE students received $955,000 in scholarships from last year's campaign.

        Mrs. Stevie said the term “corporate campaign” is historic, and it now counts individual and foundation gifts. The final count in January probably will be within 99.5 percent of what was pledged.

        “It's very rare that we can't collect on them,” Mrs. Stevie said.

        CISE also raises funds with a raffle and an annual appeal in Cincinnati-area parishes.

        Of youngsters who finish eighth grade in a CISE school, about 60 percent go to a Catholic high school. CISE does not help with high school tuition but the archdiocese, the schools and foundations often do.

        CISE lacks statistics on high school graduation rates for its students, Mrs. Stevie said, but generally, 98 percent of those who enter a local Catholic high school are graduated.

        Of those, she added, 94 percent matriculate into post-secondary education.

        Mrs. Stevie said 1999-2000 combined operating revenue was around $4.6 million for the eight CISE schools.

        Of that, she said, roughly 22 percent came directly from the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, 27 percent from tuition, 22 percent from CISE, 6 percent from state reimbursements, 9 percent from donations and the remainder from other sources.

       



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