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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.

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Organizations with funding can do more ministry.

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.

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.

Conference Speakers

Our lineup of speakers bring real-life, from-the-trenches experience in faith & fundraising.

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.

Cory Howat

Cory Howat is the Executive Director of the Catholic Community Foundation of New Orleans, and President of #iGiveCatholic.

 Cory was the executive director of Boys Hope Girls Hope for more than nine years, which included rebuilding the organization following Hurricane Katrina. He also has extensive fundraising experience, having served as a major gifts officer and as a director of institutional advancement. Before being chosen to lead CCF in 2017, Cory was the director of stewardship of the Archdiocese of New Orleans for five years.

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. 

Registration Closes Friday, May 26!









Register today!

Individual Conference Pass: $899

Registration closes Friday, May 26, 2023!

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

"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 8:45am ET, and the conference will follow promptly at 10:30am ET 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

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Get up to speed with Basic Training

Basic Training is pre-conference introductory session is geared towards new development officers.

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 8:45am EST, and the RAISE conference will follow promptly at 10:30am 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.




6:00pm-9:00pm Registration Open 


8:00am Mass Available

8:00am-10:00am Registration Open

8:45am Basic Training for New Development Officers

10:30am Full RAISE23 Conference Begins 

Welcome and General Sessions


Breakout Sessions

Small Groups | 1:1 Consulting Sessions

Dine Around Dinner

Hospitality Suite


Mass & Eucharistic Adoration

 General Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Small Groups | 1:1 Consulting Sessions

 Group Dinner & RAISE Awards

Social and Bowling in Hotel Speakeasy



 General Sessions

Small Groups | 1:1 Consulting Sessions


Conference Ends: 2:00pm




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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


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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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