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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

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: Annual Conference, Organizational Culture, Catholic Fundraising Resources

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: Annual Conference, Catholic Fundraising Resources

How Small Nonprofits can Benefit from the NCDC Conference

Posted by National Catholic Development Conference on 7/27/18 8:36 AM

For 50 years, the NCDC Conference and Exposition has been the leading opportunity for organizations and individuals to connect with one another in the context of fundraising as a ministry. Our attendees come from religious organizations across the United States and around the world, and they collectively raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually to support Catholic missions.

But not all of the attendees come from large organizations with endless resources. In fact, many come from development offices of fewer than three employees. If you are heading to NCDC this year from a small nonprofit, there are many ways that you can benefit from all that is offered.

Discover these helpful suggestions for how you can increase the success of your fundraising campaigns without increasing your staff.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Annual Conference

Donor-Advised Funds: My View as a Fundraiser AND a Donor

Posted by Jack Doyle on 7/16/18 9:56 AM

What are donor-advised funds (DAF)? 

Well. Donor-advised funds are a popular choice for donors to give to their favorite charities. Tax deductions can be taken as soon as a donor puts money into a DAF, and the fund can grow until the donor decides where the money should go.

Since February, I’ve been tracking the donor stewardship practices of 16 of the top 25 charities for Fidelity Charitable donors. I sent in my own $100 grants via my Fidelity Charitable account and have been tracking what kind of acknowledgements I receive, as well as follow up communications. (None of these organizations are NCDC members.)

Here’s a quick breakdown of my expectations and my observations.

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Topics: Catholic Fundraising Resources, Trends in fundraising, Annual Conference

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