The National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) was held this year in Orlando, Florida. The Hospitaller Foundation staff, Arlene De Guzman and Steve Gaucin along with one of our Board Members, Dr. Willa Olsen, M.D. attended the conference in hopes to discover new trends of philanthropy and network with other Catholic Organizations in the United States.
There were two keynotes addresses given, one by the President of NCDC, Sister Georgette Lehmuth, OSF. She spoke about the “Spirituality of Fundraising” and calling each of us to remember the mission of Jesus helping others and engaging our benefactors in our ministries. The conference offered over fifty sessions covering topics on fundamentals, direct marketing, planned giving and leadership concerns.
In the world of Philanthropy, all the organizations want to remain ahead of the trends. The Baby Boomer Generation (born between 1946-1964) is becoming the largest cohort in the U.S. population over the next few years. There was plenty of discussion on what motivates them to give their time and resources to an organization. One of the sessions was a Roundtable set-up in which all the organizations could voice their opinions, experiences and challenges within the topic of each table.
The opening liturgical celebration was presided over Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, who is the current Bishop of Springfield, Illinois. The liturgical celebrations were simple yet a reminder of our spiritual journey of doing good for others. There were many religious sisters and brothers in attendance all trying to improve their ways of fundraising and keeping their ministries alive. There was much learned in those days in Orlando and overall a great experience for the staff.