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Petrus Academy Virtual Summit

Preparing for Capital Campaigns

What you need to know before launching a capital campaign

Wednesday, March 29, 2023

12 PM - 3 PM ET

Is your organization considering a capital campaign?

The process can be overwhelming. 

Get clarity on what you need to know, and a roadmap for campaign success, from fundraising professionals who have been through the process before.

Join the Petrus Development “Preparing for a Capital Campaign” Virtual Summit, which will cover topics including:

  • Is my organization ready for a campaign effort? 
  • How do I approach the planning and project management of my campaign projects? 
  • What should I expect once I start a campaign? What can I do to maximize campaign ROI?

Attendees will also receive a free 30 minute one-on-one session with a fundraising coach to discuss how your organization can best prepare for a campaign (valued at $100).

Petrus Development is bringing together three incredible speakers on a LIVE virtual summit to walk you through everything you will need to know to decide if your ministry is ready to embark on a capital campaign.

Invest 3 hours of your attention, your ministry will reap the benefits for years to come.


Andrew Robison and Tara Doyon

With more than thirty combined years of fundraising experience, Andrew and Tara have seen it all in the development world. They have worked on numerous campaigns in a variety of settings, including campus ministries, parishes, and universities. 

Sarah Du Preez

Sarah Du Preez is the development director for St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish at the University of Arkansas. She is leading the $15M+ "Light on the Hill" campaign to build a new Catholic student center for the campus.

Josh Whelan

Josh Whelan is a Senior Consultant at Petrus development. Josh worked on campaigns for a university, a faith-based organization, and FOCUS before joining Petrus. He has since worked as counsel for a variety of capital campaigns.


12PM ET - Andrew Robison and Tara Doyon from Petrus Development will discuss how to know when your organization is ready for a campaign.

  • What does it mean to run a "capital campaign?"
  • How do you start? What is a feasibility study, and should I do one?
  • What does staffing look like for a campaign?
  • What are common fears about campaign fundraising?
  • Examples of others who have done successful campaigns

Session will be followed by Q&A and small group discussion.

1PM ETSarah Du Preez, director of stewardship and development for the $15m+ “Light on the Hill" campaign for St. Thomas Aquinas University Parish at the University of Arkansas will talk about how to manage a building project during a campaign. This talk will focus on:

  • Organizing key components and personnel to execute all aspects of building design, planning, and construction
  • Managing a building project while also overseeing a simultaneous capital campaign
  • Planning and developing strategy for managing internal expectations and workloads at the parish and diocesan level

Session will be followed by Q&A and small group discussion.

2PM ET - Josh Whelan of Petrus development, who has worked as both staff and counsel for numerous capital campaigns, will discuss how to maximize the ROI of your capital campaign. Session will be followed by Q&A and small group discussion.

Invest in Your Next Appeal


Includes free 30-minute consultation with a fundraising coach