ABOUT FAITH IN THE FUTURE
Faith in the Future was born in a moment of crisis. In 2012, a group of visionary leaders - from business, education, philanthropy and civic life - saved 4 schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that were slated to close due to declining enrollment. These leaders realized that closing schools might provide short-term relief but would not address the long-term viability of the Archdiocesan high schools. In a groundbreaking decision, the Archdiocese transferred the management of 17 high schools and 4 schools of special education to Faith in the Future, a new nonprofit that is independent of the Archdiocese. This commitment to Catholic education is the driving force of FIF.
In our first six years, we can report substantial progress:
• Our network of schools operates on a break-even basis at minimum.
• New strategic plans are in place at each school, customized for that school’s unique opportunities.
• Every school now has its own board of specified jurisdiction, responsible for school culture, budgeting and fundraising; our schools of special education have formed a single board to support their distinctive mission.
• Schools have been energized with new leaders who bring an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to education and a commitment to academic excellence.
• Our network of schools raised $19.1 million in Fiscal Year 2018. Faith
in the Future raised an additional $3.7 million to support its mission.
But the most important metric for Faith in the Future is student success. As Catholic schools, we embrace our mission to educate servant leaders prepared to meet today’s global challenges. SAT scores have been rising across the network, and 93% of our students continue their education at a two-year (12%) or four-year (81%) college. Our students embrace a commitment to serving others through meaningful volunteer work. Extracurricular activities and athletics develop well-rounded young adults.
FAITH IN THE FUTURE BOARD
CFO, Jowitts & Rodgers Co.
Donna De Carolis
Dean, Drexel University
Dean, Haub School of Business, St. Joseph's University
Former Chairman and CEO, Sonitrol Corporation
EVP/COO and CFO, FXI Holdings, Inc.
Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald, D.D., J.D., J.C.D., V.G.
Auxiliary Bishop, Office of Catholic Education
Dominic J. Frederico
President and CEO, Assured Guaranty
Thomas M. Gallagher
Partner, Pepper Hamilton
Joanne R. Guiniven
Retired, McKinsey & Company
H. Edward Hanway
Chairman of the Board
Chairman Emeritus, Cigna Corporation
Sister M. Carroll Isselmann, IHM, Ed.D.
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Immaculata University
Monsignor Paul M. Kennedy
Pastor of Saint Katherine of Siena Parish
Owner, Lima Consulting Group
Former Managing Partner, KPMG
Former President and CEO, Commonwealth Telephone Enterprises
James F. X. O'Brien
Assistant Coach, Philadelphia 76ers
Chief Executive Officer and President, Independence Mission Schools
Jerry E. Sheridan
President & CEO, Amerigas
Founder & CEO, Silverman Leadership
Chairman and CEO, Kings Supermarkets, Inc.
Laurus Group, LLC