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Commentary - "AI and the Future of Generosity" by Nathan Chappell


By Sarah Rose, Petrus Director of Communications


Recently, I was invited to watch one of OSV talks titled “AI and the Future of Generosity” by Nathan Chappell, Senior Vice President of DonorSearch Aristotle.

The OSV Talks are a “series of topics from Catholic leaders to spark discussion, explore new, or re-explore old approaches, and inspire creative thinking, all from the heart of the church.”

In the talk “AI and the Future of Generosity,” Nathan Chappell answers the question “How do you solve the world’s most pressing issues?” in 18 minutes or less.

The simplified conclusion is INCREASE GENEROSITY. Now we’re talking! 

Nathan leads the research and development division at DonorSearch Artistotle. In other words, he is a data man. 

According to Nathan, the data shows that last year 56% of Americans made donations. And the average American gave about 2% of their income to charity. 

If Americans...

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Building a More Connected Church - An Interview with Matthew Warner on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Matthew Warner, founder and president of Flocknote, a technology company with a mission to build a more connected Church. As part of this mission, Matthew is driven to understand and educate priests and ministry leaders on how to connect specifically with the middle 82 percent of Catholics. Those Catholics that are neither dynamic nor absent Catholics but, rather, somewhere in the middle in terms of involvement. Andrew and Matthew discuss communication, leadership, fundraising, ministry and even touch on a few favorite television shows of theirs. 


Show Notes:

Background

Matthew Warner is a fellow Aggie Catholic. Born and raised Catholic, was always good about going to Mass but wasn't sure that he always realized the gift that it was. 

After college, he began working and figuring out what his faith really meant to him. 

As he went deeper with his faith life, he was becoming more involved in the church and discovering the...

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A Handful of Wax - An Interview with Cory Howat on the Petrus Development Show

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.


Show Notes:

Cory Howat, Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the founder of #iGiveCatholic

 

Background

A prayer in his junior year of high school, "Lord, use me."

He became familiar with...

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A Campaign Story, Part 1 - An Interview with Sarah Du Preez on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Sarah Du Preez, Director of Development for the St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish at University of Arkansas. Sarah started in her role last summer, which happened to be the same week that the ministry kicked off a feasibility study for a $12.5 million dollar capital campaign. They discuss Sarah's experience in development and her track record of success working on big projects, as well as being nervous and a bit apprehensive about her new role because of the enormity of the project they are in the midst of.

Today, they are sitting down together at the official launch of the campaign and next year, they will sit down again for a part 2 conversation about what she has learned through the process. And we are pleased to be here for the journey!


Show Notes:

Sarah Du Preez, Director of Development for the St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish at University of Arkansas. 

This is part 1 of A Campaign Story

 

Background

Grew up in...

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What Development Means to Me


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


What Development Means to Me

I was blessed with generous parents. At a very young age, I learned that development is a family project that requires planning and commitment.

When I was kid, before paychecks were automatically deposited, my dad would cash his check at the bank every other week, and bring a stack of money home. My mom would divide the cash into piles: for food, utilities, mortgage, kids’ allowances, savings, and the parish pew collection. At the time, I didn’t realize I was absorbing a lesson that has shaped my own giving. 

You are more likely to give to a ministry, others, or to a good cause if you PLAN ahead and are committed.

My parents also “made” us put some of our allowance in the collection basket. The message was clear, “YOU are part of this Church, and YOU have a FINANCIAL obligation toward her mission.”

One day when I was complaining about...

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Heroic Pastors; Amazing Parishes - An Interview with Kevin Cotter on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Kevin Cotter, Executive Director of Amazing Parishes, a ministry of the church that offers instruction and education to pastors as well as coaching to help them develop a team around them to make their parish amazing. We all know and have experienced our church leadership transitioning over the years. Many priests and pastors struggle to know how to lead and how to build up an enduring leadership team that can survive those transitions, illustrating a point that parish leadership is so important and critical to the community and to the lives of the parishioners. In this episode, Andrew and Kevin dive into this issue as well as discussing the importance of the apprenticeship model in the church and the need for a strong prayer life both personally and professionally. 

Amazing Parish will be gathering for their 2021 conference in Kansas City on June 21-23. Please pray for everyone involved in that and if you want more information...

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Rule of Thirds can Help us Visualize our Benefactors


By Mary Hernandez, Petrus Blog Contributor


What is it about a photograph that draws a person in and compels one to fixate on the point of interest long enough to find himself somewhere in that captured landscape?

 

My photographer friend Amy explained the Rule of Thirds in photography - which is not so much a rule as it is a principle – that tells us "how the human eye perceives beauty." 

 

"Our eyes are drawn to the brightest, most compelling parts of an image.  That point is made compelling because of how it is framed, what surrounds it, and what relation it has to the picture as a whole.”  Practically speaking, "the composition of a photo places the subject at the intersection that is divided into thirds, both horizontally and vertically. " This is known in the photography world as the crash point. Amy goes on to explain, "As a whole, it tells a story, and we are drawn to the whole story, not just the singular collection of pixels that makes...

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In-Person Conferences: They’re BACK!!!


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


In-Person Conferences: They’re BACK!!!

For over a year, we’ve zoomed our way through classes, conferences and special events. I have two fundraising lunches and a state convention on my calendar in the next month. In-person events are BACK! And, masking for the vaccinated is no longer recommended!

Yet, we’ve been conditioned over the last year to keep our distance and cover our faces. Do you automatically add some distance when you walk past somebody? I do. We’ve all changed our behaviors, AND made judgments about: (1) how people are over or under reacting to the risk of disease; (2) the response of our civil authorities to the disease; (3) the response of our Church and ministry programs; and (4) our personal levels of risk tolerance.

With the Petrus Conference just around the corner, and the three in-person events on my calendar in the next month, how are these dynamics going to...

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Blueprint for Development: Major Gifts on the Petrus Development Show

In this fourth episode of the Blueprint for Development series, we dive into Major Gifts. Tara Doyon, Director of Client Services and Josh Whelan, Vice President of Petrus Development, will take you through the first four areas to look at when building a fruitful and successful Major Gifts program. They also discuss the buzz word process of Moves-Management, what steps to take to get started and setting your mindset for building the Kingdom through development and evangelization. 

In case you missed the previous episodes in this series, you can find them here:

Blueprint for Development: Infrastructure

Blueprint for Development: Communications

Blueprint for Development: Annual Fund


Show Notes:

Major Gift fundraising all starts with relationships and having deep relationships with your benefactors. A common mistake is believing that fundraising is just going around and playing golf and taking people to happy hour and the money just rolls in. Unfortunately, there is no...

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Blueprint for Development: Annual Fund on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, the Blueprint for Development series is on it's third installment. Tara and Sarah are back with Annual Funds, also known as an operating budget or director's fund. How can you create a new or sustainable development program that doesn't depend solely on that one event or those 1-2 major donors? Tara and Sarah give some great starting tips on making that change from dependence to sustainable. 

If you missed the first two episodes in this series, you can find them here:

Blueprint for Development: Infrastructure

Blueprint for Development: Communications


Show Notes:

Tara and Sarah are back in this third installment of the "Blueprint for Development" series, discussing Annual Funds, aka operating budget or director's fund. 

This is your general operating funds that come in from donations. Funds that you can generally count on as part of your general budget. 

Due to 2020, there's a need to look more critically at annual funds. Parishes especially have...

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