From Sept. 18 – 22, over 700 participants will gather at the Chicago Downtown Marriott in Chicago, Ill. for the 42nd Annual National Catholic Development Conference and Exposition, the only national conference that focuses primarily on the ministry of Catholic fundraising.
Attendees include Catholic development professionals that serve dioceses, religious orders, social service agencies, educational institutions, parishes, schools and shrines from around the world.
Exhibitors in the sold out exhibit hall include corporate partners and service providers that have decades of experience unique to Catholic fundraising.
The 42nd annual Conference will feature three general sessions and over 50 breakout sessions in nine different tracks, including major gifts, planned giving, direct marketing, leadership development, emerging markets, supplemental and fundamentals.
The Conference will also feature special workshops specifically for Catholic parishes and schools. Additionally, DePaul University (Chicago, IL) will host a special executive leadership track. Sessions range from fundamental to advanced levels.
The following featured speakers will present at general sessions:
- Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF, President and CEO of NCDC (Hempstead, NY), is a Franciscan sister, influential Catholic fundraising advocate, speaker and leader in the Catholic fundraising community. In August 2010, she was named for the fifth consecutive year to The NonProfit Times’ “Power and Influence Top 50.” Sr. Georgette will present the Opening Presidential address on Sunday, September 19.
- Robert W. Wendover, Managing Director of the Center for Generational Studies (Aurora, CO) has been researching and writing about workforce trends for more than 20 years. He has authored the Center’s training curriculum, “Generations: Understanding Age Diversity in Today’s Workplace.” Among his nine books, his first book, Smart Hiring, published in 1988, has just been released in its sixth edition. Mr. Wendover will present “Linked in to the New Generation of Donors” on Tuesday, Sept. 21.
- Sr. Rose Pacatte, FSP, Director of Pauline Center for Media Studies (Los Angeles, CA) is a daughter of St. Paul and has been a religious for 44 years. Sr. Rose is an award-winning author and film/TV entertainment columnist and she has served on Catholic and ecumenical juries of international film festivals such as Venice, Locarno and Berlin. Sr. Rose will present “The New Media and Proclaiming Our Mission: Five Steps to Make a Difference,” on Wednesday, Sept. 22.
The NCDC Conference provides a well-rounded experience with pre-conference workshops, roundtables, daily Eucharistic celebrations, in-depth workshops, social functions and a technology classroom. Attendees learn, network and conduct business with the best in the fundraising field within the context of fundraising as a ministry.
Members of the press may contact Rachel Donofrio, Associate Director of Programming and Publicity, to request a press pass to cover the 2010 NCDC Conference.
For more information, visit http://www.ncdc.org/annual_conference_2010.
Founded in 1968, the National Catholic Development Conference (www.ncdc.org) NCDC leads the Catholic development community toward excellence in the ministry of ethical fundraising through education, resources, networking and advocacy.
As the United States’ largest association of religious philanthropies, NCDC affirms the mission of each of its members by working for and with them as fundraisers.
Associate Director of Programming and Publicity