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The Scanlan Foundation: Interview with Larry Massey on The Petrus Development Show

Larry W. Massey, Jr., President, Scanlan Foundation

In this episode, Andrew visits with President of the Scanlan Foundation, Larry Massey. The Scanlan Foundation funds Catholic non profit organizations primarily in the Houston area. Their mission is to promote the Roman Catholic Church of Texas. Larry discusses his role with the Scanlan Foundation, as well as Scanlan’s history and impact on the Houston community and the state of Texas. He also gives practical advice for how to interact with foundations like Scanlan and others.

Show Notes:

  • The Scanlan Foundation was formed on January 25, 1947.
  • Timothy Scanlan came to Houston, Texas from Ireland in 1837 at 21 years of age. An industrious, civic-minded gentleman, he became one of the richest men in Houston as a merchant and savvy businessman. He was elected Mayor of Houston in 1870 and also served as Postmaster General under Ulysses S. Grant. He was the driving force behind construction of the main, major infrastructure...
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Investing in Development

campus ministry roi Mar 05, 2019

By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development

This post was originally written for the CCMA (Catholic Campus Ministry Association) Fundraising Focus Newsletter.

People sometimes come to me and ask if it’s worth it for their organization to start fundraising. It seems like a fairly straightforward question that would solicit a straightforward answer from me, but I understand why people would ask the question. It’s not so much a question of “Should my organization have more money for our ministry?” That one is pretty obvious. I believe that most people asking that question are really asking “What will the return on investment be if we start fundraising?” In order to answer that, the Petrus team has put together a list of ten “returns” that come as a result of “investing in development.”

  1. Expansion of programming: In the words of Mike Perkins, President of Heroic Media, Inc., “When you have more money,...
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FOCUS Fundraising: Interview with Sarah Robinson and Patrick Glaze on The Petrus Development Show

Sarah Robinson, FOCUS Missionary, Wichita State University

Patrick Glaze, FOCUS Missionary, Wichita State University

In this episode, Andrew visits with Sarah Robinson and Patrick Glaze who are FOCUS Missionaries. FOCUS stands for the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. It is a Catholic, collegiate outreach whose mission is to share the hope and joy of the gospel with college and university students, inspiring and equipping them for a lifetime of Christ-centered evangelization, discipleship and friendships in which they lead others to do the same. Sarah and Patrick tell Andrew about their work raising money for and participating in FOCUS at Wichita State University as well as the impact that FOCUS has had on their lives and the lives of those they’ve encountered while participating in this ministry.

Show Notes:

  • Sarah graduated from Ole Miss and Patrick, from Texas A&M, and both were sent to Wichita, Kansas in their first years as FOCUS missionaries. Both...
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The Camp Experience: Interview with Jason Gerdes on The Petrus Development Show

Jason Gerdes, Executive Director, Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministry; President, ALDE

In this episode, Andrew visits with Jason Gerdes, Executive Director of Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministry and president of the Board of Trustees of ALDE. ALDE is a membership organization founded 40 years ago to bring together Lutheran fundraisers working in ministry. Originally called the Association for Lutheran Development Executives, ALDE is now growing and seeks to serve development professionals of all Christian denominations. Andrew and Jason discuss his work raising money for and now leading Outdoor Ministries as well as the role that ALDE serves bringing together fundraisers to build community and learn from one another.

Show Notes:

  • Jason Gerdes is Executive Director of Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministry and president of the Board of Trustees of ALDE. ALDE is a membership organization founded 40 years ago to bring together Lutheran fundraisers working in ministry. Originally...
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One Overarching Goal: Interview with Kate Sell on The Petrus Development Show

Kate Sell, Founder and Managing Partner, Mission Advancement Partners

In this episode, Andrew visits with Kate Sell, founder and Managing Partner of Mission Advancement Partners. MAP is a collaborative team of individuals who work with Catholic parishes, dioceses and ministries to help them look at their own organizational strengths and weaknesses and develop short- and long-term strategies to better fulfill their mission. In this conversation they discuss how the vision, the team and fundraising go hand in hand to help an organization grow. 

Show Notes:

  • Kate began her career by helping to establish Catholic radio stations across the United States.
  • The Bible scripture that gives Kate inspiration was the story of Jesus turning water into wine. The servants of the wedding played a critical role in the miracle. They trusted Jesus and were willing to follow instructions to allow the miracle to take place. Kate sees her role in the Church as similar to the servants.
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Can a Capital Campaign Help Grow My Ministry?

capital campaign Jan 09, 2019

Andrew Robison, President and Dan Moraczewski, COO, Petrus Development

Is your organization looking for a way to fund much-needed growth? Have you outpaced your financial support from the Diocese or Province? At Petrus Development, we believe that “Mission Follows Money and Money Follows Mission.” Since 2005, Petrus has helped over 100 Catholic ministries recruit and train development teams who can raise money to fund stronger and more active programs. This in turn, brings more donors into the ministry and creates long-term sustainability.

But how do you know if your ministry is ready to launch a Capital Campaign?

At SEEK 2019, Andrew Robison and Dan Moraczewski gave a presentation covering all of the elements of a capital campaign. If you weren’t able to attend SEEK 2019 or just want a chance to review the slides the entire presentation is available for you to download. Just click the link below.

SEEK 2019 – PETRUS Capital Campaign

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The 86 Effect: Interview with Jacob Laskowski on The Petrus Development Show

Jacob Laskowski, Founder and CEO, 86 Creative 

In this episode, Andrew visits with Jacob Laskowski, founder and CEO of 86 Creative, a full service marketing and design firm that’s worked with some of the most well known organizations currently serving the Catholic Church. In this conversation, they dive into the principles of design and marketing that most directly affect a charity’s ability to fundraise and discuss how organizations can best position themselves to clearly explain their mission and vision.

Show Notes:

  • Jacob began his career with FOCUS as a missionary and then working in their marketing department. Two of his major accomplishments during that time were creating a new logo for FOCUS and rebranding their annual conference as SEEK.
  • Later, Jacob decided to start his own business where he could be creative and work with a variety of clients. 86 Creative is a full service design and marketing firm that helps businesses and...
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Reason for the Season

prayer Dec 20, 2018

By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development

This time of year, it can be very easy to become anxious about traveling, cooking, shopping, cleaning, hosting, wrapping, family, decorating and much more. For those of us in the fundraising world, this is a busy time of year for donations, appeals, emails, thank yous, solicitations, campaigns, grants, gift processing and the like.

In the midst of all of the business (and craziness), don’t forget that the reason for Christmas truly is celebrating the birth of our Lord. As we continue the tradition of gift giving that began with the Magi, keep in mind the gifts that have been given to all. Those are the gifts of grace, forgiveness, love, compassion, eternity, truth, peace, joy, strength, salvation, and the greatest gift of all…Jesus Christ.

Luke 2: 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of...

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By the Grace of God: Interview with Linda Domeyer on The Petrus Development Show

Linda Domeyer, Director of Leadership Giving, St. Louis University High; Consultant, Petrus Development 

In this episode of The Petrus Development Show, Andrew visits with Linda Domeyer, Director of Leadership Giving at St. Louis University High as well as Consultant for Petrus Development. Linda’s first job in development was for the Washington University Catholic Student Center, where she spent 17 years building a fantastic development program. In this episode, Linda and Andrew talk about how she initially learned about development, her first capital campaign experience, transitioning to a robust annual fund strategy and what she loves most about consulting. Linda also shares about the most expensive failure of her career.

Show Notes:

  • Linda first exposure to development was when she was working as a group travel host and met a development officer from UNC-Chapel Hill. He explained to Linda that development is different than sales. It’s about connecting...
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The Heart of Development

basics invitation Dec 05, 2018


By Peter de Keratry, Co-Founder & CEO of Petrus Development; Executive Director of Stewardship and Advancement for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Intro by Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development

This post is an excerpt from Episode 5 of The Petrus Development Show.

Recently, I sat down with Peter de Keratry, Co-Founder of Petrus Development for a conversation for The Petrus Development Show. We covered a variety of topics, but one topic we covered was what development officers truly need to do to build long-term success for their ministry.

Many development professionals, whether they are brand new or seasoned veterans, can struggle with a simple question: “Where do I start? Where is the best place to spend my time and energy today?” The reason that this is a constant struggle is because as development professionals for nonprofit organizations, we are regularly asked (and expected) to participate in just about every aspect of the ministry. Sometimes...

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