In this episode, Andrew visits with Cory Howat, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the founder of #iGiveCatholic. If you have ever spoken with anyone from Louisiana, odds are you have heard a good story. Today, Cory shared with us some wild tales of rubber chickens, crying with priests and bishops and even a brief mention of that time he met Michael Jackson that will not disappoint. In the midst of those stories, he also shared so many nuggets of wisdom about fundraising, stewardship, generosity and having a heart for serving the people of the Church. You’ll laugh, you’ll probably cry and you will definitely learn something new about development.
Cory Howat, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the founder of #iGiveCatholic
A prayer in his junior year of high school, "Lord, use me."
He became familiar with non-profits and getting his degree in marketing that was so needed for the church.
His brother encouraged him to give the Lord one summer in college before graduating and using his degree. That led to him working for his first non-profit, which took him to Las Vegas and introduced him to development.
Development is the transparent dot between the generosity of donors and the needs of the ministry.
Catholic Community Foundation
Rebranded and added community side of the foundation to expand the generosity. Examine the idea of fostering generosity. Look at your community and ask how do you give them opportunities for generosity. Seeing the need and role of fundraising in the church and asking how it becomes sustainable. How do you allow people to live out their call for generosity.
Story of burning the candle at both ends and why would we want to go to heaven with a handful of wax. When you start treating everything as a gift, you can share it with everyone.
When you do this you can naturally connect with your community.
Story of George W. Strake, Sr, Texas Oilman and Philanthropist.
Giving and Stewardship in the Church
12% drop in giving in 2020 mostly due to covid according to an article in The Pillar.
There will always be excuses and you realize in a year like 2020, the level playing field. Inside of the bigger picture, the giving was a result of where they felt engaged and connected most.
In some cases, covid was a true fear and for some it was an excuse to hide behind.
Rubber chicken story. A donor gave all these rubber chickens to the pastor in the middle of a meeting. He was trying to sell the pastor on putting in credit card machines so people can be generous.
In the online giving space, we need to learn how to engage more personally when people are giving online.
Conversations about Money
Movement and motivation behind money.
Your family of origin and that relationship with money. It can be used in coaching priests in talking about money. There is some healing or some affirmation that can come of that work of finding that connection with money and how we've been trained to see it.
Learning to differentiate my experience with money isn't the same as another's experience.
Money is not our king, it is merely a tool.
Write down how many times you've thanked your parishioners in the last year. What is the spirit of gratefulness and communication in your parish?
You're asking me how have I been generous, I'm asking you how have you been grateful.
An online giving day - why is the church not doing this?
Celebrate community, allows people at a lower level to be generous and to celebrate that generosity.
The church has room to grow and innovate. To be creative.
Check out Episode 26 with Julie Kenny to learn more about iGiveCatholic!
If you would like to connect with Cory, you can reach out to him at: [email protected]
Hopefully this episode gave you some things to think about and be inspired by. If you think you want some help implementing any of these ideas in your work, don't hesitate to reach out. You can email us at [email protected] or go to petrusdevelopment.com/lets-connect to drop us a line. We’d love to chat. I will continue to pray for you and your work. Have a great day and god bless.
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