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Knowledge Is Power - An Interview with Sarah Newman

In this episode, Andrew chats with Sarah Newman, vice president for Innovest, an investment consulting firmAndrew and Sarah discuss how Innovest helps nonprofits, especially faith-based nonprofits, make sure their investment portfolios are aligned with their mission and values. ...

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Level Up Your Nonprofit Supporter Stewardship: 5 Steps To Executing A Thank-A-Thon

By Rhen Hoehn, Director of Marketing.  This post first appeared on the Bloomerang blog.


Phone-a-thons have been a tried-and-true fundraising staple for decades. Gather volunteers, have them call a long list of donors, and have them make a solicitation. With fewer people...

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How Do I Even Get Started Fundraising For A Nonprofit?

 

Nobody goes to college to learn how to be a fundraiser. So many times, development professionals tend to end up in the field almost by accident.

 

Without that educational background, the best practices for raising substantial money for a nonprofit are not always obvious or...

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The Power of Newsletters

By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


 

Didn’t we all want to be superheroes when we were kids? Yet 20, 30, 40 or more years later, most of us live “ordinary” lives. We are spouses, parents, friends, and employees. We figure out how to pay our bills, watch the weather...

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Magnify Your Impact with a Leadership Council

By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


 

Plans fail when there is no counsel, but they succeed when advisors are many.  (Proverbs 15:22)

 

It’s a tough world out there, and our ministries need help to survive and grow. Questions arise. Which path should you pursue? How can...

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What Does A Fundraiser Even Do?

That’s a great question! What do fundraisers do anyway? Meet for coffees at high-end coffee shops, wine and dine prospective donors, rounds of golf on the best golf courses around the world, etc. You name it, I’ve heard it! 

 

I think a lot of folks think fundraisers are the...

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"People Who Are Rich" - A Crossover Episode on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew takes a break from his regular interview series to share episode 4 of Petrus’s new podcast, Reflections on Nouwen’s “A Spirituality of Fundraising”.  The show’s host, Justin DeMoss of Your Philanthropic Advisor, interviews Fr. Matt Lowry...

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RAISE23 Award Winners

Petrus Development’s annual Raise Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by fundraising professionals and volunteers.  Each year, Petrus honors some of the best fundraising campaigns of the past year with the RAISE Awards. This year, we have six organizations to honor!

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We All Fundraise Together - An Interview with RJ Caswell

In this episode, Andrew chats with RJ Caswell, a leadership coach and organizational consultant from Charlotte, NC.  Andrew and RJ discuss the importance of succession planning, leadership development, and collaboration.  Together, Andrew and RJ also ponder the unique challenges of...

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Fundraising As Both Science and Art

By Chris Scroggin, Petrus Consultant


Have you ever wondered what art and science have in common? 

Art draws on emotions.

Science uses rational thought.

But, science and art both demand creativity and excellent observational skills

Most techniques used by artists even have...

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Faces Set Like Flint - An Interview with Matthew Watson

In this episode, Andrew interviews Matthew Watson, deputy superintendent for Aristoi Classical Academy in Katy and Cypress, Texas.  Andrew and Matt discuss history and education, and Matt highlights the unique fundraising challenges of charter schools.  As seasoned fundraisers, Andrew...

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The Case for the Case Statement

 By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


 

When a ministry starts to look at fundraising in a systematic, and dare I say disciplined way, one of the first steps is to develop a Case for Support, also known as a Case Statement

 

If you are embarking on a capital campaign or...

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