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What Development Means to Me by Matt Bond


By Matt Bond, Director of Development at St. John's Catholic Student Center at Oklahoma State University


 

As many people in our field, I fell into the profession of development by happenstance. A great priest walked into a classroom of my former student center where my sister-in-law just happened to be sitting and said I’m looking for … and he proceeded to list a number of attributes he was looking for in a development director. She said, “call my brother-in-law” and it was all downhill or uphill, depending on the specific point in my career, from there. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was getting into and looking back through the rear-view mirror, I really had no idea. 

 

When it comes to ministry, I have a unique take. I came from a ministry position where I was leading all of the programming, each year I was given a budget, and I led the team. Now, I am a development professional helping ministries fund their programming. 

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Staying True to Mission - An Interview with Ryan Carney on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Ryan Carney, Chief Advancement Officer of Society of St. Vincent de Paul. They discuss Ryan's journey with development and the challenges that he has experienced and conquered throughout his years with non-profits. They also discuss the work they are doing at St. Vincent de Paul and how he helped one local chapter back from a pretty bad case of mission creep. If you have ever dealt with mission creep or if you are struggling to identify your organizations true mission, you'll want to take notes. 


Show Notes:

Background

He fell into development by accident. He had been able to attend an event where a presentation by Catholic Charities took place and that is where the introduction to non-profits and development took route. He graduated from the Chaifetz School of Business at Saint Louis University.

After graduation, he found himself working to Enterprise where he was able to Rent a car to the current executive...

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Donor-Centered Language


By Mary Hernandez, Petrus Blog Contributor


Your year-end appeal is about to get to the final proofing stage, and thankfully, there is still time to edit with a critical eye and include your donors as a key player in your messaging. 

 

Your appeal likely includes these elements:

  • Transformative faith experiences of one or more students
  • A recap of the number and kind of students involved this year
  • A summary of a particularly successful ministry outreach event or retreat 

 

These glory stories and positive growth statistics are important and good to share with the reader, and they will undoubtedly lift their spirits and be a cause for hope. Yet, it is essential to remember that appeals are about you [the donor] and us [the ministry]. Making the donor visible in your ministry’s story is critical to a successful appeal and strengthening donor engagement.  

 

I want to share some practical and real-life appeal examples with...

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Women in Philanthropy Episode 6 with Leticia Ochoa-Adams


Hosted by Tara Doyon, Director of Client Services and Sarah Rose, Director of Communications.


In this episode Tara and Sarah are joined by Leticia Ochoa-Adams, Writer and Speaker. They discuss being "poor" in the Catholic Church as well as grieving a great loss and how the church responds. Find out what the similarities are when giving as a donor and giving as a community rallying around one of their own.  


Show Notes:

Leticia Ochoa Adams is a born and raised Tejana who loves bluebonnets, longhorns and Texas shaped waffles. She writes and speaks on faith, grief and suicide loss because after the loss of her oldest son Anthony to suicide she saw a lack of space for honest grieving and acknowledgement of trauma so she set out to create one.

Inspired by other women who have a passion and gift for storytelling like Jen Fulwiler, Nora McInerny and Stephanie Wittles Wachs who all make stories on their own terms, Leticia set out to do the same which is to use storytelling as...

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What Development Means to Me by JoAnn Shull


By JoAnn Shull, Petrus Consultant


I’m going to be really honest with you, dear reader, in that for the vast majority of my life I had no idea what this idea of “development” was or that I would end up in a career that I didn’t even know existed.  

Growing up, my family was not church-going, but I fell into going to the youth group at my parish thanks to some high school friends.  My involvement at church and my relationship with Christ grew into my college years where I stayed very active in my Catholic Newman Center at Truman State University.  In an unfortunate twist of events, two weeks after I graduated from college, my Newman Center was struck by lightning and burned to the ground.  My bike – which was still chained to the bike rack outside the center – was warped from the heat of the flames.  

This was a huge shock for me.  A place that was so formative in my faith was gone.  All that remained...

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Fundraising is Like Raising a Baby by Andrew Robison


By Andrew N. Robison, Owner & President of Petrus


Have you ever thought about the similarities between babies and fundraising? Surely you have, right? Okay...maybe its just me, but let's play this out and see where it goes...


Building a development program is a lot like raising a newborn baby. It takes constant attention, your best-laid plans are constantly falling apart and every day your best efforts are greeted with cries of more, more, more. Its a thankless and exhausting process, but man...what a joy to see it grow and mature into something beautiful and fun to be around. 

Two and a half weeks ago, my wife gave birth to our fourth child. Elizabeth “Ellie” Ruth was born a day early but right on time...her time. You see, my wife was scheduled for a c-section at 7:30am on October 20 but Ellie had different plans. My wife’s water broke at 6:15am on October 19 so we were off to the hospital. Everything worked out and at 12:40pm, our perfect like...

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Let’s Get Excited about RMDs!


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


Let’s Get Excited about RMDs!

This may be the most boring blog post you’ll read this week, but slogging through it could bring a lot of money to your ministry!

2021 is shaping up to be a CRAZY tax year. Many of our benefactors have just recently filed their returns for 2020—with the deadline extended to October 15. WHEW! Now, you can help them and your ministry by gently reminding them that December 31 is only about two months away. That is the last day for tax favorable gifts in 2021. 

The funds for such a gift can come from a “required minimum distribution” (RMD) from a non-Roth IRA or other qualifying retirement plan account. 

Many people view their traditional IRAs as “nest eggs.” Even though they are old enough (at least 59 ½) to draw on these IRAs without penalty, they don’t, or draw just enough to meet expenses. However, when they...

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What Development Means to Me by Josh Whelan


By Josh Whelan, Petrus Vice President and Senior Consultant 


In 2000, I went to the University of Mississippi with the career goal of either becoming a psychologist or a lawyer.

 

My father is a psychologist, and like him, I want to help people. He is a person I greatly admire, and I often seek his wisdom and counsel. When I decided to become a psychologist, he advised me to intern in the field before investing in a PhD. I’m glad I took that advice. A job with a community mental health clinic convinced me that while I wanted to help people, I did not want to do that in a clinical setting. 

 

My next step was to talk to another mentor, the dean of students at Ole Miss. He guided me in clarifying that in addition to helping others, I enjoy working on a team and accomplishing tangible goals. Academic administration fit that criteria, and this led me to pursue a Master of Higher Education Administration. I entered the program thinking that someday I would be...

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The Petrus Development Conference on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew shares with us what the experience is like at a Petrus Development Conference.

In June of 2021, we hosted the Petrus Leadership Conference in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado with one hundred development and ministry leaders from around the country. Over the three day conference, we had more than 20 presenters talking about the techniques and mechanics of fundraising as well as inspirational topics such as eulogy virtues and telling a compelling story. In this episode, we will share three brief clips from the conference just to give you an example of the content and quality of speakers.

On June 12-15, 2022, we will be hosting the Petrus Development Conference in another beautiful location, the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. To learn more or to register today, go to petrusdevelopment.com/pdc22


Show Notes:

Linda Domeyer has served as a Petrus Consultant since 2015, and also works at the Saint Louis University High School in St. Louis,...

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Women in Philanthropy Episode 5 with Sandy Guzmán


Hosted by Tara Doyon, Director of Client Services and Sarah Rose, Director of Communications.


In this episode Tara and Sarah are joined by Sandy Guzmán, Senior Accounting Specialist at Four Leaf Financial and Accounting. They discuss the importance of finances in leadership. As well as how understanding the story the numbers are telling you allows you make decisions that will help your organization and your personal giving. 


Show Notes:

History

For many reasons, women have historically taken a backseat in finances. But today, we see that trend change. Whether because they are equal earners in the household or because they are needing to manage finances for themselves. 

 

Empower Women

The stigma needs to be removed that investments or taking care of your financial future must be done by men. The availability of information allows women to learn and do for themselves. This is not being taught in schools, but that doesn't mean that we can't still...

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