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Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Fall 2018 Workshops

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 9/20/18 10:08 AM

Fall 2018 Workshop season is almost upon us! We’re excited to continue researching and examining an innovative approach to Catholic fundraising.

Maybe you have questions about what it really means to thrive as a Catholic nonprofit, or maybe you're wondering if you're really nurturing your donors the way that you should? Whatever your pain point, we're here to help.

In other words, our Fall 2018 Workshop season will cover the research and topics that you, as a Catholic fundraiser, need to understand. But don’t take our word for it, read the topic descriptions and discover the workshop in a city near you.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources

7 Reasons Donors Keep Giving (and Giving!)

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 9/12/18 9:36 AM


It's the million dollar question: What drives donor loyalty?

The topic of donor loyalty has been studied by numerous academics and consultants for many years. In his book Retention Fundraising: The New Art and Science of Keeping Your Donors for Life, Roger Craver published the results of a fascinating survey.

Craver had 250 nonprofits poll their current donors with the hopes of finding out why they had remained so loyal. Each donor was given a list of 32 reasons why they might keep donating to the organization, and they were asked to rank them by order of importance.

Let's take a look at some of Craver's findings.

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Topics: Donor Relationships

Stewards of Mission: What It Means and Why It Matters

Posted by Dawn M.S. Miller, CFRE on 8/29/18 8:33 AM

“Fundraising is a very concrete way to help the Kingdom of God come about.” — Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising

Stewards of mission: What does that mean as fundraisers? Yes, we need to keep our missions in the center of all we do. Everything else flows from mission, right? That’s our guiding light, our north star, our EVERYTHING.

As stewards of mission, leaders must be actively involved with mission advancement efforts. At some organizations, that means at least 50 percent of a leader’s time is spent cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors. Fundraisers can’t, and shouldn’t, do it alone.

So, how can fundraising professionals continually engage organizational leaders for the greater good of the mission and work together? For most of us, it all begins with the “golden triangle” of fundraising.

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Topics: Organizational Culture, Catholic Fundraising Resources, Annual Conference

7 Mobile Fundraising Best Practices for Catholic Nonprofits

Posted by Dianne Kleber on 8/24/18 8:47 AM


Just like everything else in this futuristic world, the fundraising industry becomes more high-tech every day. From online donation portals to text-to-give platforms, nonprofit organizations — big and small — are using mobile fundraising technology to raise more for their efforts.

To help your organization get involved with this trend, we are offering some best practices on how to get the most out of mobile bidding technology at your next event.

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Topics: Donor Development

Mission-First Philosophy is Changing Catholic Philanthropy — Here’s How

Posted by Sarah O. Hanley on 8/20/18 12:16 PM

Working towards the growth and sustainability of Catholic institutions is a concept you’re likely quite familiar with.

As many parishes struggle, convents cease to exist, and Mass attendance dwindles, it has become apparent that what Catholic entities need now is an approach to fundraising that has never been done before — an approach that will not only preserve our Catholic institutions but sustain them for future generations.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Annual Conference

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In this weekly blog we share tips, tactics and case studies for professionals in the Catholic fundraising community. Learn how to advance your mission with articles on technology, donor engagement, nonprofit leadership, social media, and emerging trends.

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