Friday, March 4, 2011

Outreach: An Oversight

I am only a modest blogger who sometimes is guilty of overlooking the obvious. In my last post—see “Quantifying Outreach”—I stated that the 15% Outreach slice in the pie chart at the right represented St. Paul’s “mandatory outreach,” our diocesan assessment and payment to the Growth Fund. It was pointed out to me, however, that this is cannot the case.

Assuming that the pie chart represents expenditures from the Operating Fund, the value of the two items mentioned is $69,624, whereas the total expenditures from the Operating Fund is $717,108. Thus, mandatory outreach represents roughly 10%, not 15% of the budget. What accounts for the other 5%? For the two expenses in question, one cannot even attribute building overhead; we don’t even need a building to pay our diocesan assessment. This is another interesting question for the treasurer.

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