The trip was organized by GHR and the Healy Education Foundation, and included representatives from the Schulze Family Foundation, Office of Mission for Catholic Education, the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence, MN Comeback and Our Lady of the Lake Catholic School. Participants discussed approaches to governance, finances and fundraising.
Key takeaways included:
- Schools that serve a large number of low-income students benefit most from centralized or regionalized governance
- Governance is key to building community engagement and fundraising, leading toward more stable schools
- State funding remains crucial to bringing models to scale, and there are new approaches to access these resources
These insights will be valuable as we continue to fund innovative new Catholic school models in the Twin Cities. To learn more about our work to ensure urban Catholic schools in the Twin Cities are faith-filled and academically excellent, contact us.