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The Catholic Fundraising Conference

 June 19-21, 2023  |  Louisville, Kentucky

The Catholic Fundraising Conference

Clergy and lay leaders from across the country will gather in Kentucky for RAISE23, the Catholic fundraising conference.

Our Catholic faith, the need for practical fundraising tools, and a supportive community is what brings us together.

Organizations with funding can do more ministry.

We're bringing together fundraising experts to show you how to boost your fundraising, so you can boost your ministry's impact.

There is both a science and an art to fundraising. RAISE23 will teach you both.



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Convince Your Boss

We know YOU know that the Petrus Development Conference is a can't-miss event, but we also know you need to convince your boss to let you attend. Here are a few talking points to help you make your case.

Kerry Alys Robinson

Kerry is a partner of Leadership Roundtable and trustee of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities.

She is the author of Imagining Abundance and the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide.

Kerry also served as the director of development for the St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, where she led a $75 million campaign for a new Catholic student center and endowment.

Dcn. Charlie Echeverry

Deacon Charlie, of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is the founder and CEO of the Black//Brown Collective which builds go-to-market strategies to support diversity.

He is Vice Chairman Emeritus for Catholic Answers and serves on the boards of the Catholic Association for Latino Leadership, Tepeyac Leadership Initiative, and SENT Ventures.

Previously, Dcn. Charlie has also worked for mitú, Univision, the Walt Disney Company, and AOL.

Eva Daniel

Eva Daniel is the Founder  & Owner of The Speak Shop, LLC, a company that trains individuals and groups on how to craft and deliver compelling content.

Former Speechwriter to Dave Ramsey and his team of personalities, and Senior Producer for the Focus on the Family Broadcast, she’s worked extensively with the nation’s top authors, speakers, pastors, CEOs, and executive leaders to create content that has been heard and viewed by millions. 

Rosie Chinea Shawver

Rosie Chinea Shawver is the Executive Director of the Catholic Association for Latino Leadership.

She worked previously as the Director of Campus Ministry at the Catholic centers for both the University of New Mexico and the University of Southern California. 

Rosie has also served as a consultant for the Secretariat of Education for the USCCB and as board chair for the Catholic Campus Ministry Association.

Kate Sell

Kate is the founder and managing partner of Mission Advancement Partners.

She is an organizational strategist with more than 20 years of experience in business and nonprofit consulting.

Having worked with for-profit companies, national nonprofits, dioceses, parishes and ministry-based organizations, Kate has experience in all phases of organizational development and change

David King

David P. King is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving as well as Associate Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

As an American religious historian, his research interests broadly include exploring the practices of twentieth and twenty-first century American and global faith communities as well as more specifically investigating how the religious identity of faith-based nonprofits shapes their motivations, rhetoric, and practice.

John Flynn

John Flynn is the Vice President of Philanthropy for FOCUS. Under his leadership, FOCUS successfully completed the 100 Campus Initiative, a $22 million campaign that funded FOCUS’ strategic growth from 58 to 100 campuses nationwide. 

Through the course of his 25+ year career in development for the Catholic Church, John has consulted with over 60 Catholic campus ministries across the United States, helping many implement new development programs and helping others enhance and expand their existing programs.

Bryan Wilburn

Bryan Wilburn is the Director of Development for St. Paul’s Newman Center - bisonCatholic on the campus of North Dakota State University (NDSU).

Bryan has been with the Newman Center for eight years and has worked his way from being a development officer focused on annual operational giving to leading the fundraising team to meet and exceed their capital campaign goal of $33 million.

Joe Hendrickx

Joe grew up on a small dairy farm in Minnesota. He has served as a major gifts officer at the St. Paul's Newman Center at North Dakota State University since 2018.

Ryan Haley

Ryan is a native of Kentucky and has served as Director of Philanthropy for Holy Spirit Parish at the University of Kentucky since 2013. 

Register today!

Now through April 30, Individual conference pass: $849

May 1 through May 28, Individual Conference Pass: $899

Register as a team and SAVE:
$100 Off - Second Attendee
$200 Off - Three Attendees
$300 Off - Four Attendees

*Discounts for current Petrus clients, please reach out to your consultant for promo code*


“Thank you all for an incredible experience. Being new, this was an amazing learning curve and spiritually up-lifting!" 

Cody Klamm | Advancement Coordinator at Teach for Christ

“This conference was all around excellent. It was both a prayerful and formative experience.”

Laura LaClair | Director of Campus Ministry at Diocese of Richmond

“Thank you for all of the hard work. The conference was great and very fruitful for me as a participant”

Doris Barrow | Director of Mission Advancement at CCMA

“Great conference. We enjoyed it greatly! I was glad to have time for prayer and for talks focused on building the spiritual life of my development director.”
Austin Farinholt | Director of Campus Ministry at James Madison University

RAISE Fundraising Awards

Petrus’ annual awards program recognizes outstanding achievement by fundraising professionals and volunteers.

Nominate yourself or another organization for honors in the Catholic fundraising community and the opportunity for 50% off registration to RAISE24!

Learn More About the RAISE Awards

"I didn't feel like I was just there to learn, which I was, but I also felt a strong sense of mission together with other fundraisers for the Church!"

Michael Lynch
Campus Development Director, Bear Catholics


Gather in one of the oldest cities west of the Appalachians while networking and growing professionally.

RAISE23: Louisville, KY

RAISE23 will be held at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky! 

Family friendly.
Come early. Stay late.

Limited space available - Save Your Spot Now!

We highly recommend arriving Sunday, June 18.

"Basic Training" for new development professionals will begin Monday promptly at 8:00am EST, and the conference will follow promptly at 10:00am EST on Monday, June 19. Arriving Sunday night will allow you to experience the full conference!

Book Hotel Stay

Omni Louisville Hotel

400 S. 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40202

The Omni Louisville Hotel is a 4.5 star hotel located centrally in Louisville.

Nearby attractions include the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Churchill Downs Horse-Racing Track, and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Guide to Louisville

New to Fundraising?

Get Up to Speed with Basic Training!

Basic Training is pre-conference introductory session is geared towards new development officers. Here you will learn the basics of development and the fundamentals you need to get the most out of your experience at RAISE23.

Basic Training will begin Monday, June 19 promptly at 8:40am EST (after 8:00am Mass), and the RAISE conference will follow promptly at 10:00am EST. Cost for Basic Training is $50 per attendee and includes a light breakfast and extra learning resources.

To attend, select the Basic Training option at registration.


3 days, 18 networking opportunities, 20 sessions, countless lessons learned...



Conference Begins: 10:00am

Basic Training for New Development Officers

Welcome Mass


Plenary & Breakout Sessions

Small Groups | 1:1 Consulting Sessions

Happy Hour

Dine Around Dinner

Hospitality Suite



Plenary, Breakout and TED Sessions

Small Groups | 1:1 Consulting Sessions

Confession, Adoration & Worship 

Happy Hour

Group Dinner

Hospitality Suite



Plenary, Breakout & TED Sessions

Small Groups | 1:1 Consulting Sessions

Conference Ends: 4:00pm


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Louisville, KY

June 19-21, 2023

The best Catholic development conference to experience:
  • Organic networking & community
  • Hands on practical tools
  • Superb professional development
  • Relaxing, boutique location (that is family friendly!)
  • Exclusive content
  • True investment in your organizations and yourself
  • Great speakers and content 
  • How to live out your vocational calling through development

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