Case Study: St. Al’s Living Faith Society

By Sarah Rose, Petrus Development Consultant St. Albert the Great’s monthly giving program is living! I don’t mean their monthly giving program is called the “Living Faith Society,” but it is actually living. It is growing and bringing life into their development program. And yours can too! St. Albert the Great University Parish is an active and vibrant parish that…

Development and Unplanned: Powerful Parallels

Development and Unplanned: Powerful Parallels By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development This past weekend, one of the biggest pro-life movies of our time was introduced to American audiences in theaters across the country. Unplanned is a biopic about Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director who underwent a radical transformation and became one of the most outspoken advocates for…

4 Lessons for Engaging Volunteers

4 Lessons for Engaging Volunteers By Mary P. Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor We all know that volunteers are vital to our ministries. Without them, we would have to spend more money doing things that need to be done or forgo doing them entirely. An engaged volunteer believes in your mission, and even learns more about it on the job. How…

Investing in Development

Investing in Development By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development This post was originally written for the CCMA (Catholic Campus Ministry Association) Fundraising Focus Newsletter.   People sometimes come to me and ask if it’s worth it for their organization to start fundraising. It seems like a fairly straightforward question that would solicit a straightforward answer from me, but I understand why…

Can a Capital Campaign Help Grow My Ministry?

Can a Capital Campaign Help Grow My Ministry? Andrew Robison, President and Dan Moraczewski, COO, Petrus Development Is your organization looking for a way to fund much-needed growth? Have you outpaced your financial support from the Diocese or Province? At Petrus Development, we believe that “Mission Follows Money and Money Follows Mission.” Since 2005, Petrus has helped over 100 Catholic…

Reason for the Season

Reason for the Season By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development This time of year, it can be very easy to become anxious about traveling, cooking, shopping, cleaning, hosting, wrapping, family, decorating and much more. For those of us in the fundraising world, this is a busy time of year for donations, appeals, emails, thank yous, solicitations, campaigns, grants, gift…

The Heart of Development

The Heart of Development By Peter de Keratry, Co-Founder & CEO of Petrus Development; Executive Director of Stewardship and Advancement for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Intro by Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development This post is an excerpt from Episode 5 of The Petrus Development Show. Recently, I sat down with Peter de Keratry, Co-Founder of Petrus Development for…

The Visit that Taught me Three Basic Principles of Development

The Visit that Taught me Three Basic Principles of Development By Andrew Robison,  President of Petrus Development  This post is an excerpt from the Fundraising Focus series presented by the Catholic Campus Ministry Association (CCMA). Many years ago, I was sitting in a donor meeting with my boss at the time, Greg Gorman, and a major benefactor for St. Mary's Catholic…

Are You Tracking? The Real Power of Metrics

Are you tracking? The real power of Metrics... By Andrew Robison and Jamie Cappetta, President of Our Savior Parish and Caruso Catholic Center at the University of Southern California  In the business world, setting goals, creating metrics and tracking progress is the name of the game if you want to succeed. Imagine if a Fortune 500 CEO was asked to…

Fundraising in a Church in Crisis

Fundraising in a Church in Crisis By Tara Doyon, Director of Stewardship and Development at St. Paul Catholic Newman Center and Parish at Indiana University and Fr. Patrick Hyde, OP Campus Minister When I tell people about my job, the response is almost always a bemused look followed by the statement, “I could never ask people for money.” Awkward as it…

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