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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 Need for a Database

By Chris Scroggin, Petrus Consultant


One of the non-profits I worked for didn’t have a database; they had an Excel spreadsheet for their donor information. It wasn’t very organized, and I had no idea how accurate it was. 

 

There was information everywhere - on...

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Biased Toward Action - An Interview with Nic Prenger on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Nic Prenger, founder and CEO of Prenger Solutions Group.  Nic shares about his digital consulting work at Prenger Solutions Group, and Andrew and Nic chat about technology tools for fundraisers, fundraising for the Catholic church and its associated...

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9 Attributes to Look for When Hiring a Fundraiser

By Chris Scroggin, Petrus Consultant


Herb Brooks was the 1980 Olympic Ice Hockey coach that, against all odds, beat the Russian National team and then went on to win the gold medal. 

 

It really was a “David vs. Goliath” tale that no one expected. 

 

Herb had...

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Upping Our Digital Media Game - An Interview with Abram Muenzberg on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew interviews Abram Muenzberg, digital strategist for On Fire Media.  Andrew invites Abram to share about On Fire Media’s mission and the work he does for his clients.  The two also discuss digital media, messaging, and how fundraisers can improve their...

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Confronting the Fear of Fundraising

 By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


 

A group of people are sitting around a table. There are probably some snacks. A leader speaks with passion about some great need in the parish, Church, or community. The leader shares her vision of how major change can come about. She invites...

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Leaning Into Your Vision - An Interview with Kristian Jaloway on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew chats with Kristian Jaloway, general manager for nonprofit advising at John Oberg Advisory.  Kristian works as a leadership management coach, specifically for nonprofit and institutional leaders, including priests.  Kristian shares what his role as an executive...

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Freedom in Faith - An Interview with Frank Cummings on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew interviews Frank Cummings, Director of Development - Arts and Sciences for the Kansas State University Foundation.  Frank shares how he found a career in development that brings him joy, and how he especially enjoys the surprises that come as donor relationships...

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Are The Dishes Supposed To Be Wet?

 


By Andrew Robinson, Petrus President


 

Recently, my family and I stayed in an Airbnb. I had an interesting encounter with an appliance that illustrates a problem that a lot of nonprofit leaders struggle with.

Your dishwasher can actually dry your dishes...

🤯

You’re...

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The End is Coming!

By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


The end of the year, that is. 

 

Did you know that about 1/3 of annual giving happens in December? The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas is a season that encourages generosity. As a result, nonprofits ramp up their “asks.”...

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Understanding Donor-Advised Funds - An Interview with Dennis Gerber on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew welcomes Dennis Gerber, president of the Knights of Columbus Charitable Fund, to the podcast.  Andrew and Dennis discuss donor-advised funds and current trends in fundraising.  They chat about Dennis’s work at the Knights of Columbus Charitable (KCCF), and...

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What Development Means to Me


By Jamie Cappetta, President, USC Caruso Catholic Center and Petrus Consultant


Like many development professionals, I didn’t start my career aspiring to be a fundraiser, but rather my aspiration was that of a professional baseball player. However, when I did not get drafted my senior...

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