RMDs: The Sleeping Giant of Fundraising

By Mary P. Walker, Petrus Blog Contributor I love the TV show The Profit. Marcus Lemonis, a serial entrepreneur, invests in struggling businesses and offers advice on how to turn things around. Often even small adjustments in managing people, capital, or processes yield amazing results. Following Marcus’ lead, I’m proposing a small tweak in your development efforts that could pay…

Summertime Suggestions

By Andrew Robison, President of Petrus Development Summertime is upon us again. Whether that means a break from 300 inches of snow or entering into a time of scorching 100 degree afternoons, summer is most definitely a time to enjoy a break from the hectic life of school, sports, meetings, and more. So what are you going to do with…

Planned Giving: Learn, Connect and Grow

By David Pederson, Director of Development, Catholic Community Foundation for the Diocese of Phoenix Many times in a smaller organization we think a planned giving program is saved only for large universities and hospital systems with what seems like limitless financial and staffing resources. One can only dream of having the capacity to take on such a thing. However, there…

Strategies for a “Successful” Appeal

By Mary Langley Hernandez, Executive Director of Advancement, Our Lady of Wisdom Church & Catholic Student Center in Lafayette, Louisiana A successful appeal can provide an obvious financial benefit to a Catholic student ministry, be an excellent evangelization tool for benefactors and prospects, and educate that same audience on the latest great news about your campus ministry program. Appeals can…

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…

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