Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising

Lake Institute Logo _4C_500_dpi _wideIndiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy's Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is conducting its Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising (ECRF) August 31-September 3, 2015. The certificate program is hosted by Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology's Institute for Priests and Presbyterates.

The ECRF - a four-day intensive program with a practical application project - provides the research, tools and customized training to meet the growing needs of leaders in religious communities and fundraisers of faith-based organizations. The focus is on the cultural, organizational and philanthropic practices unique to religious institutions that, in turn, enable donors to experience the joy of generous giving.

Attendees include religious leaders in faith-based organizations and institutions who wish to learn more about the spirituality of fundraising and gain a core foundation in fundraising principles. Enrollment in the program is open and specifically tailored to all faith traditions. Typical attendees include clergy, laity, judicatory executives, and development leaders and professionals at faith-based organizations.

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Course Instructors

Enright William G. Enright, PhD,  is Senior Fellow for Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and former senior pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Indianapolis. 

He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois; Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California; and McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, Illinois. He earned a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Dr. Enright is a director of Lilly Endowment, Inc. and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.

He has authored several books, the latest being  Channel Markers, and lectured at numerous colleges, universities and theological institutions as well as for business associations such as The Young Presidents and World Presidents organizations.

Presentations - Nurturing Generous Congregations and Organizations; Nurturing Generous Donors 
   
 David_King David King, PhD, is the Karen Lake Buttrey Director of Lake Institute on Faith & Giving. He also serves as an Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies within the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

David earned a BA in history from Samford University and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School. He served two years as a pastoral resident at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, TX, through the Lilly Endowment's Transition into Ministry program before returning to complete a PhD in religion from Emory University in 2012.

Trained as an American religious historian, his research interests broadly include exploring the practices of 20th-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.

Presentation - Fundraising as Ministry
 
 Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB The Very Reverend Denis Robinson, OSB, is president-rector of Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, IN, and has served in this capacity since 2008. A Benedictine monk, he is also an assistant professor of systematic theology.

Father Denis earned a BS in philosophy from Saint Meinrad College and a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad School of Theology. From 1993-96, he was parochial vicar for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Memphis, TN. He joined the Saint Meinrad monastery in August 1996.

Father Denis also holds a master's degree in theology, a licentiate in sacred theology, and doctorates in sacred theology and philosophy from the Catholic University of Louvain.

Presentation - Shaping a Theology of Money 

Course Description

Four one-day core courses, selected readings, online peer-group conversations, an integration paper outlining a year-long fundraising program and a final paper assessing the effectiveness of the fundraising program frame the requirements for the Executive Certificate in Religious Fundraising.

  1. Nurturing Generous Congregations and Organizations - Drs. William Enright and David King. This foundational course will survey the changing landscape of religious giving with a focus on its implications for faith-based fundraising. The concept of generosity will be explored as both a religious virtue and a practice, with attention given to the social and interpersonal dynamics of nurturing generosity.

    Learning Objectives
    • Become aware of tools for assessing the level of generosity in participant's organization or congregation
    • Explore the socio-religious dynamics of generosity
    • Discover the keys to building an organizational structure nurturing generous giving
    • Learn how to institutionalize generosity: the role of values, beliefs, vision, mission and storytelling

    Learning Tools Utilized
    • The Generosity Checklist
    • The Adaptive Leadership Model
    • The Hedgehog Concept
     
  2. Nurturing Generous Donors - Drs. William Enright and David King. An experiential and autobiographical course focusing on the giving history and philosophy of each participant. Attention will be paid to donor profiles and donor motivations for giving. This course will also provide the fundraiser with conversational tools to use in nurturing a prospective donor through a process of discernment.

    Learning Objectives
     Awaken development professionals and religious leaders to a spiritual way of looking at fundraising as an opportunity to nurture diverse donors and facilitate their application of generosity principles in a parish setting
    • Examine the metrics used to measure philanthropy while exploring the role of relationships and faith-building opportunities for donors in parish settings
    • Learn how to solicit gifts unapologetically and act on your personal assurance of God's abundance
    • Incorporate your theological tradition in a personalized approach to fundraising; integrating key stakeholders in planning; and promote discernment and adaptive leadership in discipleship development

    Learning Tools Utilized
    This seminar will be an interactive learning experience that includes a mix of instructional methods such as mini-lectures, interactive discussions, individual work and case study application.
    • The Giving Pyramid
    • The Constituency Model
    • Case Preparation
     
  3. Fundraising as Ministry Drs. William Enright and David King. A practical course with an emphasis on fundraising principles, practices, tools and techniques.

    Learning Objectives
    • Understand the difference between transactional and transformational giving
    • Assess your personal giving and money autobiography
    • Explore the relationship between religious values and generous giving
    • Connect the role of donor care as an extension of pastoral care
    • Understand the world of the donor

    Learning Tools Utilized
    • The Philanthropic Autobiography
    • The Cycle of Discernment
    • The New Giving Paradigm
     
  4. Shaping a Theology of Money Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB. A presentation on the theology of money and giving from a Roman Catholic perspective.

    Learning Objectives
    • Have participants distinguish concepts of stewardship, philanthropy, development/advancement and fundraising while also recognizing what these have in common 
    • Identify scriptural references that address "the meaning of money"
    • Explore theological principles important to "shaping a theology of money"
    • Expand participants' understanding of stewardship beyond "time, talent and treasure"
    • Help participants shape their own theology of money

    Learning Tools Utilized
    • Definitions exercise: stewardship, philanthropy, development/advancement and fundraising
    • Scripture search: Contradictory messages and muddled meaning
    • Shaping your own theology of money: 1) Scriptural references that speak to me
    2) Theological principles that frame my work 3) Spirituality for daily living (and giving)
     
  5. Integration Paper - Upon completion of the four courses, the candidate will produce an integration paper outlining a year-round stewardship or annual giving program designed for the particular institution he or she serves. The paper is to reflect the insights of each of the four courses and outline how these practices and ideas will be integrated into the fundraising program and mission of the particular organization or congregation.
     
  6. Reflection Paper - Each participant will produce a final reflection paper in which he or she assesses: (a) his or her role and personal effectiveness in the year-long fundraising program, (b) the role of the institution in the program, (c) the way in which constituents responded to this program, (d) the promise this program holds for the ongoing financial health of the institution or congregation. 

Certificate Program Bibliography and Resources

Sun., August 30  
2:00-6:00 p.m. Check-in and Registration
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner
 
Mon., August 31  
7:30 a.m. Mass with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m. Welcome and Overview of Certificate Program
9:00 a.m.-Noon Session - Nurturing Generous Congregations and Organizations - Drs. William Enright and David King
Noon Lunch
1:00-5:00 p.m. Session - Nurturing Generous Congregations and Organizations (cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:30-6:15 p.m. Dinner
Tues., September 1  
7:30 a.m. Mass with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-Noon Program Session - Nurturing Generous Donors - Drs. William Enright and David King
Noon Lunch 
1:00-5:00 p.m. Program Session - Nurturing Generous Donors (cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15-6:00 p.m. Dinner
 
Wed., September 2  
7:30 a.m. Mass with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - Noon Program Session - Fundraising as Ministry -
Drs. William Enright and David King
Noon Lunch
1:00-5:00 p.m. Program Session - Fundraising as Ministry (cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
5:15-6:00 p.m. Dinner
 
Thurs., September 3
7:30 a.m. Mass with Monastic Community (optional)
7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m.-Noon Program Session - Shaping a Theology of Money - Fr. Denis Robinson, OSB
Noon Lunch
1:00-5:00 p.m. Program Session -  Shaping a Theology of Money (cont.)
5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer with Monastic Community (optional)
 
Dates

August 31-September 3, 2015. For non-commuters, arrival on Sunday afternoon, August 30. Certificate program concludes Thursday afternoon, September 3.

Overnight accommodations for Thursday, September 3, are not included in the registration cost but may be available. Call (800) 357-8477 for pricing and reservations.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants.

Cost 

Early Bird Registration Rate (registration deadline - July 17, 2015)

$1,550 per participant ($1,250 commuter rate)

Regular Registration Rate (registration deadline - August 14, 2015)

$1,850 per participant ($1,550 commuter rate)

What's Included (Resident rate):

  • Accommodations from Sunday, August 30, through Thursday, September 3, in
    the Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
  • All meals during training from Sunday supper through Thursday lunch
  • Certificate curriculum
  • Access to online community
  • Some required reading materials

What's Included (Commuter rate):

  • Lunch, Monday through Thursday
  • Certificate curriculum
  • Access to online community

Not Included in the Cost:

  • Personal travel expenses
  • Some required reading materials (please refer to the reading list)
  • Additional recommended reading materials

To Register: