My Reflections on the 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference

By Ryan Kekula, Director of Development of Warhawk Catholic Campus Ministry at U of Wisconsin - Whitewater My Reflections on the 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference The day I showed up at the 2018 Petrus Leadership Conference in San Antonio, TX, I had been a Development Director for exactly 97 days.  Suffice it to say, I had no idea what to…

A Year-End Fundraising Checklist

By Mark Randall, CFRE, Executive Director of Pontifical North American College (Rome) A Year-End Fundraising Checklist As we approach the end of the calendar year, development teams are in full swing. With estimates of 30% of all annual giving taking place in December (and 12% in the last three days of the year!), we have reason to be active. But no…

Six Books for Any Catholic Fundraiser’s Christmas List

By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development Six Books for Any Catholic Fundraiser's Christmas List A capacity, and taste, for reading gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others." - Abraham Lincoln Every year as we get close to Christmas, my family always asks me to give them my Christmas list. Not really being one to spend much time thinking…

Get the Good Word Out with Effective Newsletters

By Mike Perkins, South Area Director at the Fellowship of Catholic University Students Get the Good Word Out with Effective Newsletters Henry Ford said, “You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Newsletters, when done well, can be an effective means of spreading the good word about your mission and ministry. At the same time, quality work…

A Spirituality of Fundraising

By Jamie Cappetta, President at USC Caruso Catholic Center 5 Reasons to read "A Spirituality of Fundraising" by Henri Nouwen 5. You will be Encouraged “Fundraising is a very rich and beautiful activity. It is a confident, joyful and hope-filled expression of ministry. In ministering to each other, each from the riches that he or she possesses, we work together for…

Making a Statement: Mission and Vision

By Tara Doyon, Director of Stewardship and Development at St. Paul Catholic Center Making a Statement: Mission and Vision Mission and vision statements function as essential guideposts for any organization but can be vital to the success or failure of a small nonprofit or ministry. These foundational documents allow your ministry to execute, evaluate, and grow or adapt your organization’s purpose…

Is “Crisis Giving” an Effective Development Strategy?

By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development Is "Crisis Giving" an Effective Development Strategy? No matter where in the country you are, you have undoubtedly seen the images of the destruction that Hurricane Harvey has left in its wake. Over 21 trillion gallons of water across Texas and Louisiana, over 50 inches of rain in many parts of Houston and…

Hiring a Great Development Director

By John Flynn, Vice President of Philanthropy Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) Hiring a Great Development Director Good development people are hard to come by. Great development people are even tougher to find. We often talk to leaders who are quick to share their true feelings about their experience of hiring a Development Director. Those conversations commonly begin with…

Andrew Robison is the new President of Petrus, LLC

Andrew Robison is the new President of Petrus, LLC Petrus Development is pleased to announce Andrew Robison as the company’s new President, effective July 1, 2017. Robison will lead Petrus’ national development efforts. Robison is an established leader in fund development across many sectors of the nonprofit community. He has worked for over 12 years in development roles in Catholic campus…

Q&A with Andrew Robison

Q&A with Andrew Robison, president of Petrus Development Andrew Robison, president of Petrus Development sits down and answers some questions about his new role and his vision for the future of higher-ed fund development. What is the most important role of Petrus? Petrus Development exists for one major reason: to help our organizations raise more money so they are better…