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 tremendous growth of campus ministry in recent decades and note how that important trajectory might continue in the future.
Before entering the world of Catholic fundraising and becoming president at FOCUS, Craig worked in the tech industry in California. He and his family left California and moved to Colorado where, at a parish event, Craig first learned about FOCUS’s ministry. Craig soon changed careers and joined FOCUS in its ministry to Catholic college students.
FOCUS in 2022
FOCUS currently serves nearly 200 college campuses with physical teams of missionaries on campus. They also have digital teams ministering to another...
By Matt Bond, Director of Development at St. John's Catholic Student Center at Oklahoma State University
As many people in our field, I fell into the profession of development by happenstance. A great priest walked into a classroom of my former student center where my sister-in-law just happened to be sitting and said I’m looking for … and he proceeded to list a number of attributes he was looking for in a development director. She said, “call my brother-in-law” and it was all downhill or uphill, depending on the specific point in my career, from there. Truthfully, I had no idea what I was getting into and looking back through the rear-view mirror, I really had no idea.
When it comes to ministry, I have a unique take. I came from a ministry position where I was leading all of the programming, each year I was given a budget, and I led the team. Now, I am a development professional helping ministries fund their programming.
In this episode, Andrew visits with Tom Pagano, Co-Founder and Director of Mission Advantage Recruiting, a search firm dedicated to recruiting great talent for the Church. They discuss what it takes to source and hire good talent, what makes a good development officer, what COVID has done to hiring and moving jobs, and how we as an industry can find good development officers for the future. If you’ve never given much thought to what it takes to hire, or if you are thinking about your next couple of career moves, this is a great episode for you.
Tom Pagano is co-founder and Director of Mission Advantage Recruiting.
Lives in New Jersey with his wife and their 3 children. Studied Business and Theology at Franciscan University in Steubenville. Found the world of development and fundraising as well as a passion for missions.
History as Director of Development for multiple Catholic organizations. During that time, found a gap in being able...
In this episode, Andrew visits with Cristina Barba, President of The Culture Project International. Andrew and Cristina discuss her personal and professional background and how The Culture Project came to be. They also discuss the struggles and hopes of starting The Culture Project and the issues they are seeing in schools as they strive to restore culture through the experience of virtue.
Cristina Barba is the President of The Culture Project International
Cristina is the oldest of four, grew up near Philadelphia and was introduced to the Pro-Life movement at an early age. As she gained knowledge of the truth and horror of abortion, her activism in the pro-life movement grew which in turn meant her faith was deepened and grew as well.
If we lived out our sexuality according to Christ’s plan, we wouldn’t have the problem of abortion. We not only have an abortion problem; we have a sexuality problem and an identity problem.
During high school she...