Column: Donors are heart and soul of CEF’s success

Michael Morrisey is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. You can reach him at (913) 647-0383 or send an email to him at:

Michael Morrisey is the executive director of the Catholic Education Foundation. You can reach him at (913) 647-0383 or send an email to him at:

by Michael Morrisey

As you read this article, I encourage you to be in a location where you can jump. That is, jump for joy!

No low ceilings; the higher, the better, for those blessed with the good vertical jump. In advance of jumping, you may want to do some stretches to make sure that you don’t pull something.

OK, I have good news and I have good news. Which do you want first?

The good news is that during the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) the Catholic Education Foundation will assist 1,104 kids receive a Catholic education in our archdiocese. These children come from 710 families. The principals of our CEF schools tell us that if we (you) did not provide this assistance, over 900 of the 1,104 kids would not be in Catholic schools today.

Truly, you are helping us make a difference. You are assisting in positively changing the lives of children currently living in poverty. I am very proud of you! You should feel very good about what you are doing.

The past three weeks I traveled to our 19 CEF schools and had the opportunity to visit with our principals and some CEF scholarship recipient family members. I was asked by all to give each of you hugs for helping them. There was conversation, there were handshakes, there were hugs and there were tears. You had to be there to get the full affect, but . . .

On behalf of our foundation, our schools and our kids, I want to THANK YOU for your support! Over the years, you have enthusiastically been a part of our Sports Breakfast, TreasureFest, Women’s Luncheon, Gaudeamus, scholarship drive, fund growth, etc., etc. Our donor base continues to grow, year in and year out. Simply put, you are the heart and soul of this success. We could not be doing what we are doing without you!

It has been said that we are attempting to “boil the ocean” with our mission. Realistically, it is not possible to boil an ocean. But, idealistically, we are trying. I will tell you that we are seeing some ripples.

Oh, yeah. The other good news is that there is room for others to join the CEF team and be a part of our mission of “providing scholarships for children in need.”

The need is never-ending. The CEF believes that all children who seek a Catholic education, one that offers both faith and quality, should be given the opportunity in the name of Jesus.

Thanks for giving us all the chance to jump for joy!

FYI, I will tell you that my vertical jump used to be good!

For more information on ways to become a part of the CEF team, go to the Web site at:, or call (913) 647-0344.

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