Catholic Charities USA conducted an onlinesurvey o its membership during August 2012to measure programs and services provided be-tween April 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012.Responses were received rom 54 local agencieslocated in 31 dierent states. These agenciesserve an estimated 3,621,220 clients annually.
Based on agency information as reported in the CatholicCharities USA 2011 Annual Survey.
Business Sector Collaborations
This quarter’s survey ocused on collaboration between our agenciesand the business community.
Very ew agencies reported lack o interest rom the businesscommunity as a barrier to collaboration (12%); rather, the majorityo agencies reported that their ability to partner with the businesscommunity was most signicantly constrained by a lack o internalsta capacity to identiy or manage partnerships (59%).
Agencies reported that out o all o their service areas, partnershipswith business had the greatest impact on their ability to provideood services.
The vast majority o Catholic Charities agencies engage with thebusiness community in a variety o ways: 90% receive in-kinddonations rom business, 78% receive grants rom corporate groups,76% have business leaders serving on their governing boards, 73%recruit volunteers through corporate volunteer programs, and 71%engage businesses as sponsors o agency events.
Agencies are partnering with at least 10 businesses on average. Inthe survey, 35 agencies named more than 375 specic partners.
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