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Covid Solutions: Virtual Events - Interview with Brian Russell on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Brian Russell, Campaign Manager at Caruso Catholic Center at University of Southern California. In this episode of the "COVID Solutions" series, Andrew and Brian talk about pivoting from a long-standing gala to a new virtual event. They discuss the initial steps they took to make the change, the monetary success of the event as well as the pros and cons of such a change. They also talk about the long-term viability of these types of events. 


Show Notes:

Brian Russell is the campaign manager at Caruso Catholic Center at University Southern California. He is currently in his 10th year of working in Catholic fundraising and his 4th year at USC.

They are talking about the long standing gala that they host every other year and how they went virtual this year.

 

History of the Gala

They started the Gala event in 2010 and it takes place every other year. It is the big fundraiser for the center/church.

In May 2020, they had to figure out how...

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Covid Solutions: Monthly Giving - Interview with Megan O'Brien Crayne on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Megan O'Brien Crayne, Campus Minister at Brown-RISD Catholic Community. In this episode of the "COVID Solutions" series, Andrew and Megan talk about monthly giving and how Megan was able to launch a new donor-matched program for young alumni. They discuss Megan's three-part plan, the hurdles she came up against and how she dealt with them. Through these efforts, they were able to see a large percentage jump in their annual giving.


Show Notes:

Megan O’Brien Crayne is the campus minister at Brown-RISD Catholic Community which serves the students at Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. Andrew and Megan met at the Oklahoma Petrus Conference, where Megan learned a ton.

They have started a brand-new monthly giving program during quarantine.

Before this summer they had maybe 15 monthly givers. It began with reaching out to the class of 2019 graduating seniors and they got 11 to sign up.

In June of 2020, Megan decided to revamp...

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Career Counseling Panel - Interview with Frank Shannon, Valerie Pletcher and Dan Moraczewski on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Josh Whelan, Petrus Vice President, moderates the Career Counseling Panel with panelists: Frank Shannon, Valerie Pletcher and Dan Moraczewski. These three outstanding panelists have a combined 60 years experience in fundraising for the Catholic and non-profit sector and share great insights into the philanthropy world and the development career path. This interview originally took place during the Petrus Virtual Conference 2020.


Show Notes:

Introducing the Panelist -

Frank Shannon – Executive Director of Development at St. Mary’s Catholic Center in College Station, TX

Valerie Pletcher – Sr. Philanthropy Officer, Mid-Atlantic and Europe at FOCUS

Dan Moraczewski – Sr. Consultant at Petrus Development

Josh Whelan – Vice President at Petrus Development, Moderator

 

Questions asked during the Career Counseling Panel:

  • What is the difference between working for Catholic campus ministry development vs outside of Catholic campus ministry...
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Entrepreneurship and Jeopardy - Interview with John Cannon on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with John Cannon, Founder of SENT Ventures. They discuss the challenges that Catholic entrepreneurs face and how to find success in chaotic times. During this episode they talk about Saintly stories, fantastic failures, lasting legacies and divine inspiration. And even more deeply, new ways of serving the Church and the people of God. This interview originally took place during the Petrus Virtual Conference 2020.


Show Notes:

Before SENT, John worked in politics and different business management arenas. He experienced an intense conversion where he discerned the priestly life with the Carmalites and then continued on to studied theology. During his studies he recognized a spirit of entrepreneurship through Saints Benedict, Francis and other saints that ultimately led him to starting SENT.

What is SENT?

SENT contributes to Catholic Church renewal by fueling the next generation of leaders to meet their business, personal and spiritual goals with the...

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Donor Centric Fundraising - Interview with Tom Ahern on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Tom Ahern, communications guru and author of six books, including How to Write Fundraising Materials that Raise More Money and What Your Donors Want and Why.  They discuss a variety of topics and strategies, all in the world of communications. Tom is a huge advocate for “donor centric” messaging and firmly believes that is the way to raising more money now and building long-term donor loyalty. 

Tom also shares his thoughts on some new research on “identity based fundraising” and how nonprofits can incorporate very simple changes into their communication pieces.


Show Notes:

It’s all in the execution.

Tom was a commercial marketer for 20 years through a variety of industries. He became involved with the non-profit world while helping his wife with her business.

He’s an avid reader and promotes the importance of learning from what’s available.

He saw a gap in the knowledge base of...

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A Passionate March - Interview with Jeanne Mancini on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Jeanne Mancini, President for the March for Life Education and Defense Fund. Andrew and Jeanne discussed her personal commitment to the pro-life world, how they have transformed their development program in recent years and what it was like to host the president at the March. Jeanne also shared about a very surprising phone call she received the day after the March.


Show Notes:

Jeanne is President of the March for Life Education and Defense Fund and has been for the last seven and a half years. They just wrapped the National March in Washington, D.C.

Personal

Jeanne describes her passion for the Pro-Life movement as more of a calling. She describes how God instilled a fervor in her through her Masters program as well as a volunteer program with the Jesuit Corps Formation. While volunteering at a youth crisis center, she was met with kids that were so heart hardened by trauma that it presented the question, would they be better if they had...

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Who's Presenting at the 2020 Petrus Leadership Conference?

As we continue to inch closer to the 2020 Petrus Leadership Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado on June 7-10, and we get much closer to the January 31 cutoff for Early Bird Registration Rates, we wanted to share with you some of our guests on the podcast who will be at the conference presenting to participants. If you are a loyal listener of The Petrus Development Show, you will likely have heard many of these clips already, but even if you’re new to the show, you’ll be able to pick up pretty quickly how amazing our guests are and hopefully get excited about hearing more from them at the conference. 

Registration, conference and lodging details can be found at petrusdevelopment.com/plc20 or at missionfollowsmoney.com

So who are some of our speakers? 

We’ve selected a handful of short clips as a sampling of the speakers at the conference. Before each is a brief intro and some background on the speaker and what they’ll be talking about...

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When the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary - Interview with Cristina Barba on the Petrus Development Show

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.


Show Notes:

Cristina Barba is the President of The Culture Project International

Personal

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...

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Innovation Challenge - Interview with Jason Shanks on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, Andrew visits with Jason Shanks, President of Our Sunday Visitor Institute. Andrew and Jason discuss his personal and professional background and the path that brought him to Our Sunday Visitor. They also discuss how OSV is taking steps to bring innovation and growth into fundraising. They discuss the OSV Challenge and the new ideas that are coming from the endeavor.


Show Notes:

Andrew and Jason met in Ohio years ago when, for them, fundraising started with bingo!

Background:

Jason is a convert to the Catholic Church. He went to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied Education and Political Science. He converted from Campus Crusade for Christ in college to Catholicism and attended RCIA after graduation.

He taught High School history for three years and became involved in youth ministry, even starting a youth summer camp.

After teaching he attended The Josephinum Seminary for 1 year while discerning the priesthood. After leaving seminary he completed...

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"Just Don't Let Me Look Like an Idiot, Lord" : Interview with Andrew Robison on the Petrus Development Show

In this episode, we flip the mic and interview the host, Andrew Robison. Andrew shares about his background, some of the successes and failures that he has experienced after 15 years in this business and that time that he was in a plane crash and nearly died (spoiler...he lived but missed his catering job the next day).


Show Notes:

  • Andrew grew up in Texas. After his sophomore year of college, he decided to take a year off of school. He spent a year and a half living and working in Colorado - summer camp, waiting tables, moved back to Texas in 2002 to finish his degree in History at Texas A&M University. 
  • Faith was important but attending Mass had stalled. Invitation to girl in CO reignited passion for church.
  • Attended Aggie Awakening and built community. Met Cheryl.
  • Worked at St Marys doing a lot of jobs under Greg Gorman.
  • Earned MA in Philanthropy and Development from St Marys University in Minnesota. Left to work at St Thomas More Newman Center at Ohio...
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