By Bryan Wilburn, Director of Development, St. Paul’s Newman Center at NDSU
What can you do when you’re in a rut?
I suppose one option would be to stay there. To act as if it’s not happening and try to power through on your own. Oftentimes though, the first step to getting better is admitting something is wrong.
This was where I found myself two and half years into my professional fundraising career. I had achieved a moderate level of success in annual giving and even some major giving for our Newman Center’s capital campaign. Even so, I was in a rut. There seemed to be so much more to fundraising, which I felt I wasn’t reaching. I would tell myself, “maybe I’m just not cut out for this.” It was then that my astute supervisor encouraged me to go to my first Petrus Conference in 2018.
To understand why I was in a rut, I want to acknowledge a real truth: fundraising is hard. Not only is fundraising hard as a...
By Matt Aujero, Campus Minister at The Catholic Student Center at University of Maryland
This past week I attended a three-day virtual conference on fundraising put on by Petrus Development. Watching hours of online webinars one would think it would leave me exhausted and “zoomed-out”. Instead I felt energized and renewed. More importantly, I cannot deny that the content was striking my soul.
On day three, in the middle of the conference, I “left” to go to a virtual orientation for freshmen at University of Maryland to represent our Catholic Student Center. On that call were two other Christian ministers. One asked me (divinely timed?) how I go about fundraising. I found I couldn’t shut up! This inner joy in me came out of me like an open fire hydrant. In a half hour, I was sharing as much advice and stories as I could about our fundraising efforts at the CSC for the past four years. I...
You asked and we have responded.
As the Petrus Virtual Conference rapidly approaches on June 8-10, we have heard from more and more parish pastors, deacons and ministry leaders about how they are struggling to address parish financing, tithing and budgeting during (and following) covid-19. In order to help address those concerns and open up more fruitful conversations, we have added four new sessions specifically for parish pastors and leaders plus an open discussion hour to the PVC agenda.
These sessions will be led by Tara Troy Doyon and Fr. Patrick Hyde, O.P. For the past five years, Tara has served as a Petrus consultant in addition to working with Fr. Patrick at the St. Paul Catholic Center at Indiana University. During her ten+ years as Director of Stewardship and Development at St. Paul's, Tara has built a strong development program from scratch, has led the ministry in completing a capital campaign (significantly exceeding the initial goal) and has...
By Mary P. Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor & Local Charity Board Member
Most conferences offer a combination of (1) “how to” knowledge; (2) leadership development; (3) hope and support for the challenges the attendees face; and (4) insight, trends, and directions in the industry. The Petrus Virtual Conference (June 8-10), for example, offers programs in all these categories, plus opportunities to worship and honor God—something not found in MOST conferences!
Over the years, I’ve attended many conferences, on many different subjects. Just about all my conference experience has been in the physical world. That is, you get out of your normal environment, travel offsite, stay in a hotel, and attend various events. Eventually, we WILL return to that model. Yet, some of that model can be adapted to the virtual world, where, at least in the near-term, we will be “attending” conferences.
For quality content, virtual conferences have a great...
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