NCDC’s events, programs, and services are created specifically with the Catholic fundraiser in mind. Every program addresses concerns, techniques, and trends affecting the nonprofit sector as a whole, but more specifically, Catholic nonprofits. Program participants benefit from knowing everyone presenting and attending at our programs know the challenges and opportunities unique to Catholic fundraising.  

Similarly, NCDC also offers services crafted to the Catholic fundraiser. From fundraising office assessments to a job network, we have the experience and knowledge to best help your organization support its mission.  



Since 2005, the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) has offered "Fundamentals and More," a workshop specifically 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 the National Religious Retirement Office (NRRO) and NCDC that indicated some significant trends:

  1. Most religious institutes are struggling financially.
  2. Most realize they need new sources of revenue and support.
  3. There are a significant number of viable institutes who do not have a resource development program in place.
  4. Most of these groups are interested in learning how to establish such a program.

What Can You Expect from this Program?

The presenters and tutors for this program are highly qualified with a great deal of expertise, specifically related to religious institutes.

Participants walk away with:

    • Invaluable information to take back in order to make a decision regarding the establishment or growth of a development office or program.
    • Clearly identified next steps for creating a development plan for their institute.
    • Information that is practical and applicable to their institute and its needs.
    • An organized reference binder with instant access to important information and notes.
    • Mentors available to offer support and assistance, at your request.

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. NCDC President and CEO, SR. Georgette Lehmuth, also actively participates in the program.


The Annual NCDC Leadership Summit is a 2-day intensive program geared toward executives and department directors. The purpose of the Summit is to gather NCDC’s most experienced membership to dialogue about issues that are critical to Catholic development efforts. The recommended actions that flow from the Summit directly influence NCDC planning and programming.

Registration for the Summit is limited in number and is generally restricted to NCDC members — and is therefore, by invitation only.




One service NCDC can provide a development office (members and non-members) is a Development Department Audit. The purpose of such an audit is to:

  • Assist an organization in assessing current functions, procedures, and processes in order to further the mission of the organization and ensure ethical fundraising
  • Encourage best practices that are mission-driven and donor-centered
  • Offer strategic recommendations for future growth

While the issues addressed in each audit vary depending on the specific organization being audited, the components addressed within every audit include:

  • Stewardship of the Mission
  • Relationships: Internal and External
  • Ethics
  • Best Practice
  • The Role of Development in the Future of the Organization

Each audit is coordinated through the NCDC national office and is conducted by experienced fundraisers and executives chosen specifically to match the needs of the organization being audited.

An audit typically includes:

  • Pre-audit discussion and assessment
  • 2-3 days of in-service meetings
  • Comprehensive written summary report

For information on pricing and further details, please contact Sr. Georgette Lehmuth, OSF.


The NCDC job portal is a platform for those who feel called to the ministry of fundraising. If you are looking for a job, or have an opportunity to share, we invite you to explore the many opportunities in the NCDC community. 



NCDC is proud to be one of the participating organizations that support the internationally recognized Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) program. Since it is the mission of NCDC to promote excellence in the ministry of fundraising, we believe that professional credentialing is both valuable and important.

NCDC members are entitled to a discount on registration for this examination and recertification.

NCDC programs, including Conference programming, can be used as points toward certification and re-certification. Program participants should record their own continuing education hours for their records and to submit to CFRE. We recommend all conference attendees track their sessions for future reference, even if they do not have immediate plans for (re)certifying, as NCDC does not keep a record of individual workshops attended, only general Conference attendance.

Program participants may use the printable Session Tracker Forms below as a simple way to keep a record of the educational sessions they attended.