DONOR IMPACT 2020-2021 REPORT
Mission Statement With the help of Grace, to form a Catholic community of faith who cultivates beauty, truth, goodness, communion, and justice. Vision Statement A people in right relationship with God and their community.
Dear Newman Family St. John Henry Newman wrote, “To live is to change and to be perfect is to have changed often.” And yet, we all struggle with change! And, of course, not all change is good. Well, with that intro, Newman has a few changes coming. The goal of these changes is to become more “Newman” than we are today - meaning we want to do an even better job sharing the Good News on our campuses! The goal is to bring more unity to our mission. As you may know, we’re a unique hybrid of parish and campus ministry, but we are one church, one faith. To this end, we now have a renewed mission statement, a new vision statement, a revised logo and color scheme, and a revamped website - all to showcase our desire to be one faith community. As a parish, our primary (but not only) mission is campus ministry. Your continued prayers and support make our unique faith community possible — thank you! And thanks for walking with us through these little changes. With your help, we hope to make big changes in the lives of those we encounter when fulfilling our mission — heart speaking to heart! Peace and All Good, Fr. Dan Merz, SLD | Pastor
On Mission Walking with Others
Both of Newman’s immersion trips over spring break focused on experiencing how to love our neighbor from a very Catholic perspective, especially those experiencing housing and food insecurities. MU junior, Sophie Zell, attended the trip to DC: “In my Mizzou bubble, it’s so easy for me to put boundaries and limitations on what God can do in a certain time or space. I can stay with the people that “walk the walk.” In DC, the people didn’t necessarily live like that. The trip took everything I knew about the goodness of God and multiplied it. God Himself has no limits.” Left: In Kansas City, Newman’s local immersion experience group visited A Simple House, an organization which serves inner-city poor and homeless individuals. Right: Fr. Paul Clark accompanied a FOCUS trip to Washington D.C. They split their time between homeless outreach and rehabbing the parish hall at Holy Name Parish.
Rooted in Love
Finding community through leadership “I’ve lived 19 years of a life and I don’t think there’s a better community out there than at Newman.” Mason Arneson came to Mizzou as a freshman during the pandemic. Knowing that he was seeking out a faith community, he took the initiative to coordinate freshman socials. “Building up the freshman community was a big part of me enjoying my experience. It was pretty crucial to me to make sure that everyone had a place at Newman. Within the uniqueness of COVID everyone was yearning so much for community. I was in the same boat as everyone so I said, ‘Why not do something that can bring people together?’” Mason also gave a talk at E3 in the spring semester about his experience living with autism and how that influenced his faith. “It was a real unique dive into who I am as someone with autism and as someone who is Catholic. Everyone has strengths to bring to the table and everyone has the power to glorify God. I was blessed and honored to give a talk on that.”
Mason is thankful for your support. “When it comes to the people who fund what we do as students at Newman, they’re investing in so much more than an event. I know so many people who have changed and made friendships for life at Newman. Any amount that someone donates really goes a long way to creating this amazing Catholic community.”
Mason (middle) with friends Matthew Newkirk (left) and Joseph Heaney at the end of the Spring Awakenings #41 Retreat. Mason was on staff after having attended as an Awakener in #40 in fall 2020.
The impact of 6 years of FOCUS at Newman Maddy Washington, MU Junior “I was half dead for much of my life because I never made a conscious effort to know God through personal encounters. God, knowing how to reach me, did so through FOCUS. It began last spring when I wrote a story about a missionary for my journalism class, and it sparked something in my heart. FOCUS has been a guiding light for me to know God instead of just about Him. In the lows and highs of my life now, I have a newfound joy. Joy is not the fleeting happiness that I chased in the past, but an interior peace regardless of the situation. Involvement with FOCUS has brought me into an ever-expanding community that creates space for God to do His work and thus glorified.”
Mark Patzius, December 2020 graduate “FOCUS being on campus greatly impacted my faith life, which had been lacking during my time in college. During the Fall 2020 semester, a FOCUS missionary reached out regarding a new bible study that he would be leading, and, in a move that even surprised me at the time, I decided to give it a shot. What started as just an activity for me to take a break from studying, has become a very positive aspect in my life. Interacting with the missionaries has allowed me to discuss my faith with individuals that have had relatable experiences and encouraged me to continue improving my relationship with God far beyond where I began.”
Expenses Admin & Fundraising Expenses Leadership
Expenses Salaries & Beneﬁts
Expenses Evangeliza�on & Forma�on
Total Expenses $351,797 Fu
Perpetual Giving: Endowment Growth
$222,657 | Salaries & Benefits $11,302 | Evangelization & Formation $11,864 | Retreats $13,487 | Leadership 68,000 | FOCUS $24,487 | Administration & Fundraising
$443,453 | Endowment Gifts* $6,981 | Retreat & Event Fees
Martha Trauth Social Justice Education Endowment Thanks to the Trauth family, an estate gift, and the support of over 70 donors, the endowment officially began on July 1 of this year with a starting value of $391,838. Our goal is to grow to $1 million to hire a full-time Director of Service & Justice!
Expenses Expenses Retreats
The 2020-21 fiscal year provided some interesting financial challenges, but also great blessings. Expenses were lower due to reduced activities. However, participation was still high, especially in bible studies! We lost over $40,000 in revenue from a missed football tailgating season, but saw an increase in giving from all of our benefactors. In addition, your support added substantially to the campus ministry endowment and began a new social justice endowment. Thank you!
Campus Ministry Endowment Fiscal year end 2019-2020: $2,539,732 Fiscal year end 2020-21: $2,923,644 Last year, generous donors gave a total of $51,617.41 to the endowment. The growth allow us to use an additional $30,000 in endowment income in this coming year’s budget!
2020-2021 Expenses FOCUS
Financial Report |
Total Revenue $815,344.52*
$110,000 | CM Endowment Income* $107,522 | Parish Support $127,388 | Annual Fund Gifts
*Endowment gifts are added to the principal of the endowment and invested. The endowment income contributes to the revenue that supports operations.
Partners in Mission Our Donors: You are a Gift!
contributions 89 Parents of current students 16 Alumni Parents of current students
144 Friends of Campus Ministry
67 current students
donors give monthly recurring gifts
of our supporters gave more than one gift this year
of our supporters are under the age of 35
4 Businesses & Foundations Figures listed on these pages are for July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.
Did you know?
It takes hundreds of benefactors like you to share the Good News on our campuses! The great growth this year has allowed us the financial confidence to expand our staff by hiring our first Director of Pastoral Counseling. Students have been requesting Catholic counseling services for years and we are excited to meet this need!
Thank You to Our Loyal Business Sponsors! Knights of Columbus Council #7231 Mpix.com Peckham Architecture Richmond Place Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital
Your generosity bears great fruit!
TWO WAYS YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:
WE ARE GRATEFUL
for your ‘yes’ and for investing in our student community! Please join us in mission again in the coming school year!
1. Pray for our students, especially for the unique challenges they will face in this coming year. 2. Help stabilize our finances in these uncertain times by becoming a monthly donor (comonewman.org/givecm)
After providing for your family, would you consider including Newman in your will? When you commit to giving a planned gift, you continue to support the Church, create a legacy, and benefit yourself and your heirs. comonewman.org/planned-giving
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