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New Parish Leader Track Announced for the Petrus Virtual Conference

You asked and we have responded. 

As the Petrus Virtual Conference rapidly approaches on June 8-10, we have heard from more and more parish pastors, deacons and ministry leaders about how they are struggling to address parish financing, tithing and budgeting during (and following) covid-19. In order to help address those concerns and open up more fruitful conversations, we have added four new sessions specifically for parish pastors and leaders plus an open discussion hour to the PVC agenda. 

These sessions will be led by Tara Troy Doyon and Fr. Patrick Hyde, O.P. For the past five years, Tara has served as a Petrus consultant in addition to working with Fr. Patrick at the St. Paul Catholic Center at Indiana University. During her ten+ years as Director of Stewardship and Development at St. Paul's, Tara has built a strong development program from scratch, has led the ministry in completing a capital campaign (significantly exceeding the initial goal) and has...

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6 Suggestions for Maximizing your (Virtual) Conference Experience

 


By Mary P. Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor & Local Charity Board Member


Most conferences offer a combination of (1) “how to” knowledge; (2) leadership development; (3) hope and support for the challenges the attendees face; and (4) insight, trends, and directions in the industry. The Petrus Virtual Conference (June 8-10), for example, offers programs in all these categories, plus opportunities to worship and honor God—something not found in MOST conferences!

Over the years, I’ve attended many conferences, on many different subjects. Just about all my conference experience has been in the physical world. That is, you get out of your normal environment, travel offsite, stay in a hotel, and attend various events. Eventually, we WILL return to that model. Yet, some of that model can be adapted to the virtual world, where, at least in the near-term, we will be “attending” conferences.

For quality content, virtual conferences have a great...

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How to do Donor Zoom Calls - Tara Troy Doyon on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Tara Troy Doyon, Petrus Development Consultant, engages us with 10 tips for Donor Zoom Calls. This Petrus Lunch and Learn session is so helpful in wading through all the changes we are dealing with in this new time for fundraising. Tara breaks the process down so easily and makes it achievable. Let us know what tips you try.


Show Notes:

Tara's 10 Tips:

1. Outline what you want to say

  • Have cue cards
  • Have a compelling story
  • Make sure you are clear on the ask project & amount

2. Practice your session

  • Talk through different scenarios, be prepared to totally shift if they   deliver bad news
  • Test computer audio & video
  • Redirect your eye to the computer camera

3. Create an appropriate environment

  • Be aware of background and surroundings, including lightening.  Play   around with different settings
  • Minimize noise distractions such as children or pets, or cell phones

4. Dress professionally

  • Wear muted color clothing, no...
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The End of Fundraising

by Andrew N. Robison, President of Petrus Development 



Fundraising, at least the way we used to do it, is OVER.

Let me explain. Before the world shut down due to COVID-19, I was training for the grueling Texas Half Ironman. I was dedicating hours of my life to running, biking, swimming and trying not to die in the Texas heat. And then the race organizers canceled the race. I was disappointed - no I was crushed - but in hindsight it gave me an opportunity to hyper focus on Petrus and more importantly, our clients. Adjusting to quarantine, helping to homeschool young children, planning our Virtual Summit and Virtual Conference, and lamenting a canceled race sapped all of my time and motivation and my training came to an abrupt halt.

One day off led to a week, then a couple of weeks, and eventually I realized I needed to get out and exercise again. When I strapped on my shoes and stepped outside, it started raining but I wasn’t having it. I threw open the door and ran,...

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Stepping in Faith - Interview with Liz Schriner on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Liz Schriner, Director of Market Engagement & Special Gifts at Franciscan University of Steubenville.  They discuss how to approach fundraising in new ways. From innovation and extension to Catholic impact investing and donor advice funds. They will also discuss how to step forward into this new era of current and post pandemic philanthropy.


Show Notes:

Liz Schriner is the Director of Market Engagement and Special Gifts at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She is originally from New Zealand. She earned a degree in agriculture science and entered into public relations in that field. Her journey led her to America in her late 20s where she met and married her American husband. For the next 15 years they entered apostolate and pro-life work, traveling with their three children, living the camper life. Living the faith life. This led to grassroots work. After 15 years on the road, with their children growing too big for the camper,...

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Fundraising in the New Normal


By Mary P. Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor & Local Charity Board Member


Right now, my daughter is in our guest bedroom teaching 130 7th grade students math. To be effective, she developed new skills, tested new teaching methods, and ramped up communication with her students’ parents. She is adding some wonderful tools that will serve her well when she gets out of our bedroom and back into a classroom.

What tools are we, as fundraisers, adding to our toolboxes? Let’s take a few minutes and reflect on how our current ways of coping, ministering, and paying the bills might empower us to do our jobs even better when this crisis is over. The following are some things I’ve been thinking about.

Longing for Mass and the Sacraments

While we are now getting used to not physically attending Mass or receiving the sacraments, most of us can’t wait until that changes. Even if our benefactors and community did not always attend Mass every Sunday or receive the...

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Virtual Summit Week 3 Recap


by Andrew N. Robison, President of Petrus Development


What an amazing three weeks!

On April 3, we wrapped up the COVID-19 Fundraising Virtual Summit by Petrus. Over the course of the Summit, we held 14 days of discussions, shared countless stories, hosted industry leading experts and received serious doses of spiritual nourishment. I was fortunate to serve as the host for all 14 sessions and despite a changing environment (figuratively and literally), countless distractions (new announcements and demanding children) and technical challenges (did anyone else receive a text message reminder about 12 hours too late…), the Summit brought incredible hope for everyone involved (especially me).

Last week I shared Five Takeaways from Week 2. In today's post, I will share takeaways from Week 3.

  1. This is a tremendous opportunity to transition your donors to online giving and especially recurring giving. What are some of the ways to help your donors? Debra Richmond gave us three...
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Authentic and Intentional - Interview with Sarah Rose on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Sarah Rose, Consultant with Petrus Development.  They discuss how to develop authentic and intentional relationships as a development officer. They will also discuss how to develop skills and confidence in your work in the development world. And how to deal with distractions when they feel too important to your work to be labeled as a distraction. 


Show Notes:

Sarah Rose has been a Consultant with Petrus Development for almost 10 years. She earned her degree in Communications from St. Edwards University and her first job out of college was in marketing for a software company. While she did not enjoy her time in that career she was able to spend a lot of time with her young adult Catholic group in Austin. It was during that time that she realized that she wanted to explore working in development for a non-profit. She was encouraged to do informational interviews and that was when she met Peter de Keratry of Petrus Development. 

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Virtual Summit Week 2 Recap

Week 2 of the COVID-19 Fundraising Virtual Summit by Petrus is in the books. It was an amazing week and I still feel incredibly privileged to have been a part of it. The speakers were amazing, the attendees were engaged and excited and I could feel the level of positivity increasing with each passing day. So here are some of my takeaways from the week. 

  1. Donors are still giving so fundraisers should not stop fundraising. We had a number of stories of donors stepping up this week to make very generous gifts to support ministries they believe in. Frank from the School of Faith in Kansas City told a story of receiving a $100,000 check in the mail from a donor who made the gift now because she “knew this crisis would affect their fundraising” and she didn’t want to see them suffer. Courtney at Tulane Catholic told about receiving a $5,000 online gift after sending out an email with a link to give. And Julie shared a story of a $25,000 gift from a first-time donor...
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9 Maxims for Leadership in a Crisis by Kerry Robinson

This week on the COVID-19 Fundraising Virtual Summit by Petrus, Kerry Robinson, Global Ambassador for Leadership Roundtable and author of Imagining Abundance, shared her "9 Maxims for Leadership" - true anytime but especially in chaotic times like these. 

  1. People come first.
  2. Diversity matters. Ensure diversity at the tables of decision-making.
  3. Be decisive and confident (“Go ahead and do things. The bigger the better if your intentions are sound.” – John Raskob)
  4. Remain truthful and positive. Keep perspective- immediate and near future.
  5. Communicate with consistency and frequency. Communicate solutions, not only problems. Highlight positive stories.
  6. Leaders: Care for personnel. Care for constituencies (mission). Care for finances and operations.
  7. Live out of mission in adaptable ways. Be nimble. Practice innovation and creativity.
  8. Lead with core values.
  9. Out of suffering springs new life (Paschal Mystery).

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