The NCDC Conference and Exposition is the top conference for those in the ministry of fundraising. For 50 years, we have gathered as a fundraising community to network, learn, share, play, and pray with our colleagues.
Our conference attendee community includes development directors, executives, department directors, and staff from religious organizations from around the United States and the world. Their development efforts support the ministries of religious communities of men and women, social service agencies, shrines, schools, parishes, dioceses, seminaries, and international relief agencies.
Collectively, our attendees raise hundreds of millions of dollars annually to support Catholic missions. The NCDC conference is the top opportunity for these organizations and individuals to connect with one another in the context of fundraising as a ministry.
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"Great opportunity for learning, networking and sharing ideas. I left feeling informed, motivated, and inspired. Thanks NCDC for a great conference!"
— Terry Graves
Graves Fowler Creative, Silver Spring, MD
"I learned so much at the NCDC Conference! Both the presentations and networking proved invaluable. And I love that its perspective is fundraising as a ministry."
— Karen Heuberger
Dismas Ministry, Milwaukee, WI
"This conference offers so much expertise and practical information that I return to work energized and a renewed passion for my ministry. You will not meet a group of individuals who are more helpful than this one!"
— Jill Ackerman
Annunciation Monastery, Bismarck, ND
The NCDC Conference offers six different breakout tracks:
Each of these tracks is geared toward your role in your ministry and offers tailored tips and techniques to help you fulfill the mission of your organization.
Daily Eucharistic celebrations and a 24-hour prayer and meditation room ensure that the Conference will not only be an educational experience, but a spiritual one.
The 24-hour Prayer Room is open to all from Sunday, September 16 through Wednesday, September 19.
Conference Liturgy Schedule:
Sunday, September 16 3:15 p.m.
Monday, September 17 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 18 7:30 a.m.
NCDC is looking for volunteers to be part of our liturgical celebrations.
50th Anniversary Gala
Join us as we celebrate 50 years of Catholic fundraising together as a community! The evening begins with cocktail hour in the exhibit hall, followed by a sit-down dinner and dancing. Dress is business casual to cocktail attire.
Tickets include cocktail hour and dinner and are available individually ($50) or by tables of 10 ($450).
Conference participants opting not to attend the Gala are welcome to attend cocktail hour.
Annual NCDC Awards Breakfast
Join us for a plated breakfast, included with your Conference registration, honoring the recipients of the NCDC Good Samaritan Award, Awards for Distinguished Service, and Lumen Award Best of Show.
The NCDC Awards Breakfast is open to all NCDC attendees and exhibitors and does not require registration.
Cost: included with conference registration.
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The National Catholic Development Conference is a community for those who have been called to the ministry of fundraising. Our ministry is first and foremost about relationships. It is about being of one heart and one mind. It is our relationship to God, to the mission of Jesus and to all our brothers and sisters. It is an invitation to be and build communities of faith, hope and love. Jesus taught us that we cannot do it alone, all of us need communities of acceptance and support and place to find our common voice.
We are the United States’ largest membership association of charitable religious fundraisers. Our nonprofit membership consists of religious communities of men and women, shrines, social service agencies, schools, parishes, dioceses, seminaries and international relief agencies. Corporate partnership is available to businesses wishing to promote the interests and purposes of the Conference.