Since 2005, the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) has offered an extremely popular workshop, “Fundamentals and More,” especially designed for small religious institutes that currently have no resource development program. This workshop was created in response to a survey of religious institutes conducted by National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and NCDC that indicated some significant trends:
- Most religious institutes are struggling financially
- Most realize they need new sources of revenue and support.
- There are a significant number of viable institutes who do not have a resource development program in place.
- Most of these groups are interested in learning how to establish such a program.
This three-day program is designed for small-to-medium-sized religious institutes of women and men who are considering a development program as a possible option to further promote their mission and find new sources of revenue and support. The program usually takes place in the spring, beginning at 1:00 PM on the first day and ending with lunch on the third day.
Attendees are usually congregational decision-makers from religious institutes who currently have no development program or whose development efforts are very minimal. Previous workshop attendees included priors, major superiors, treasurers, leadership team members and in some cases, a person who was designated as the future development director.
The program offers sufficient information to take back to the community in order to make a decision and begin to move forward. Past participants have felt the program was well worth the investment of time and energy and they learned a tremendous amount in such a short time.
Program content includes basic principles of ethical and competent fundraising in the context of mission and relationship. The presenters are experts in the field. Every participant walks away with:
Invaluable information to take back in order to make a decision regarding the establishment of a development office or program.
- An organized reference binder with instant access to important information and notes.
- Clearly identified next steps for creating a development plan for their institute.
- Information that is practical and applicable to their institute and its needs.
- Mentors available to offer support and assistance, at your request.