Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Inc.

"Help me come closer to God, by myself"

aka CGSUSA, CGS   |   Scottsdale, AZ   |  www.cgsusa.org

Mission

Our mission is to support catechists, parents and others in the church and beyond, as they grow in their understanding of the religious potential of children. CGSUSA sustains and advances the legacy of The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS) by forming adults in this method and serving as the resource to the CGS community so that a prepared environment can be created that nurtures the religious life of the child. CGSUSA is a membership association that serves in collaboration with those in the Church and beyond as a respected voice on the child's spiritual development. CGSUSA is the representative in this country to the International Council of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. CGS began with the work and observations of Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi.

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20/20 vision is a term used to express normal visual acuity, the clarity of vision measured at a distance of 20 feet. 20/20 does not necessarily mean perfect vision, it indicates the sharpness or clarity of vision at a particular distance, which is considered typical and reasonable for a person to “see."

20/20 vision helps us to see clearly, to be compelled to see more and to include all involved in what is seen. As we look toward our future with hope, we seek to articulate a clarity of vision that is regular and reason- able for our association and those interested in the religious life of children. A clarity of vision that helps us to “see" our mission and purpose actively impacting the world in which we live and the children and adults we serve.

We are at a moment in our history where we must discern to our members a sustainable future and beyond for our association, in a way that is clear, compelling and inclusive. We are working on a Strategic Plan for 2020

Ruling year info

1991

Principal Officer

Ms. Mary Mirrione

Main address

7655 East Main Street

Scottsdale, AZ 85251 USA

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EIN

52-1328815

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (X11)

Christian (X20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We Value, Nurture, and Advocate for the Spiritual Development of the Child. It is not uncommon today for adults to walk away from the Christian faith into which they were once baptized. A 2014 study on Religion in America by the Pew Research Center found that the number of Christians in America declined by 8% between 2007 and 2014, with the biggest losses occurring among mainline Protestants and Catholics. In 2014, 18% of Americans claimed no religious affiliation despite having been raised as Christians or in another religion. Sofia Cavalletti and Gianna Gobbi discovered over sixty years ago that children as young as three years old already know God and have a strong desire to deepen their relationship with God. To respond to the child’s unspoken request – “Help me to come closer to God by myself.”–they founded the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (CGS). From its beginning CGSUSA has valued the religious experience of children.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Formation

providing courses for catechist formation, formation leader training, and mentor training

Population(s) Served

providing publications on the observations, writings and work of Sofia Cavalletti and other leaders in the work of CGS about the child’s spiritual capacity

Population(s) Served

acting as a resource for members to help educate and inform parents, educators, priests, and others about children’s spirituality and the child’s religious characteristics using this method

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of hours of training

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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Formation

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Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

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Advocate

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Advocate

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

In any given year, CGSUSA sets goals in support of our mission and vision. The list below is a very general list and may not be complete.
• Facilitate the availability of CGS formation courses and formation leaders
• Use written, voice and visual electronic media to maintain contact with catechists and others.
• Support the development of strong international, national, regional, denominational and diocesan affiliations for CGS catechists
• Publish 2 new books and 1 Journal annually
• Develop and strengthen partnerships between CGSUSA and those in the Church and beyond
• Support the development and growth of other national organizations for CGS
• Be financially stable

The CGSUSA Board of Trustees are have developed a Strategic Plan called "2020 Vision" in order to address our Association's ability to maintain our mission and the fruit of this work over time.

CGSUSA was awarded a grant from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to participate in Experience Matters ACTIVE 8 Program. ACTIVE 8 (pronounced as “activate") provides a roadmap to integrate the eight leading practices in Volunteer Engagement through a unique coaching model. A team of staff and board members has been meeting with an ACTIVATE 8 coach for three months to prepare.

This new initiative will match the skills and talents of experienced adults with the diverse needs of CGSUSA to build a stronger, more vibrant volunteer community in the service of the spiritual life of the child.

The Active 8 process has been invaluable to CGSUSA. We now have a plan that will help us build critical infrastructure by recruiting skilled professionals who want to help CGSUSA nurture the spiritual development of children. CGSUSA has seen a steady growth in the areas of membership, adult formation courses, publications and resources, as well as the number of children being served around the country. The skilled volunteer consultants will allow CGSUSA to better respond to the growing
demand for its services.

We have launched our search for skilled volunteer talent and have already had a number of candidates interviews.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We have added two new Board of Trustee committees to serve particular needs.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/22/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Barbara Matera

No Affiliation

Term: 2015 - 2021

Erin Miller

No Affiliation

Patti Franz

No Affiliation

Elizabeth Burghart

No Affiliation

Barbara Matera

No Affiliation

Katushka Olave

No Affiliation

Claudia Petursson

No Affililation

Susan Stuhlsatz-Reese

Angela Miller

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/22/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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