The End is Coming! Oct 04, 2022

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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Required Minimum Distributions: A Case Study with a REAL Person Sep 20, 2022

By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


Cecilia (not her real name, but everything else is true) is an energized Catholic. She aims to
attend daily Mass and give her time, talent, and treasure to help others. She owns and maintains
her own home, and her son is “launched,” earning his...

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2021 Trends in Philanthropy Aug 08, 2022

 


By Mary Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor


 

Latest Information on Giving Trends

Giving USA 2022: The Annual Report on Philanthropy for the Year 2021 was released in June.  The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy researched and wrote the report. 

The...

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The Power of Brand: Fundraising with Stories - A Talk by Jacob Laskowski Jul 12, 2022

In this episode, we feature Jacob Laskowski, founder and creative director of 86, and we present his recent keynote address from the Petrus Development Conference in June.  Jacob shares his experience in brand development and storytelling, and he highlights ways that professional fundraisers...

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"Run So As To Win" - An Interview with Craig Miller on the Petrus Development Show Mar 08, 2022

In this episode, Andrew visits with Craig Miller, the president of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students.  Together, Andrew and Craig talk about FOCUS, its ministry to college students, and the organization’s unique fundraising challenges.  They also discuss the...

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Out of the Rut and On Mission Mar 02, 2022

 


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...

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The Journey Creates Friends - An Interview with Bishop Konderla on the Petrus Development Show Mar 01, 2022

In this 100th episode, Andrew visits with Bishop David Konderla from the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma.  Andrew met Bishop Konderla when they worked together at St. Mary's Catholic Center in College Station, and the pair discusses the successes of the campus ministry’s...

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Trust Me, I Work for a Nonprofit - An Interview with Justin DeMoss on the Petrus Development Show Feb 22, 2022

In this episode, Andrew visits with Justin DeMoss of Your Philanthropic Advisor, a seasoned fundraising professional, entrepreneur, and adjunct professor at Oklahoma City University.  During this conversation, Andrew and Justin discuss the need for nonprofit organizations to be...

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My Work Journey Part 2 Feb 14, 2022
In part 1 of my development journey, I shared about my first job in development and what it was like interviewing for and accepting a job halfway across the country. 
 
In 2008, just three years into my career, I became the development director for the St. Thomas More Newman Center at...
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Viva Cristo Rey - An Interview with José Manuel de Urquidi on the Petrus Development Show Feb 03, 2022

In this episode Andrew visits with José Manuel de Urquidi, founder and president of Juan Diego Network, a podcast network with over 70 shows highlighting Catholic stories for Latinos. Andrew and José discussed what José was thinking when he decided to launch a...

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My Work Journey Part 1 Jan 24, 2022

The other day someone relatively new to development reached out to discuss his career trajectory and it gave me a great chance to reflect on my own career. In Part 1 of this 3 part story, I will share the story of my first job in development and why I left a great work environment and moved...

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Sacred Starters - An Interview with Bill Woolsey on the Petrus Development Show Dec 21, 2021

In this episode, Andrew sits down with Bill Woolsey, Founder and President of FiveTwo Network. They discussed the qualities of a good founder, mistakes that founders typically make and what it means to be a sacred starter. If you have started or are thinking about launching a new ministry or...

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