2018
CONFERENCE

AFFINITY GROUPS

Special interest groups are created as specialized member needs arise. They are created through the National office, but often function independently. If you are interested in starting a new special interest group or for more information on an existing group, contact Sr. Georgette Lehmuth.

Please note that all of the listed Affinity Groups are only available to nonprofit members.

THE PLANNED GIVING GROUP
This group is a “think tank” for experienced Planned Giving Officers. The group meets twice annually and creates its own agenda of items for discussion. One of the meetings is in February and the other is at the time of the National Conference. The group also offers input and recommendations regarding the Planned Giving track for the Annual Conference. In addition, they also serve as mentors to members who are just beginning Planned Giving programs for their organizations. Membership in this group is open to any active or associate member who is a Planned Giving Officer and has at least five years of experience in Planned Giving.

THE HIGH VOLUME MAILERS GROUP
This group is another “think tank” for organizations and staffs of groups who are large-mailers. Large-mailers are defined by the number of pieces of mail that are dropped annually. Many of the largest Catholic direct mail fundraisers in the United States are NCDC members. This group also creates its own agenda, which focuses on technology, testing and research, postal issues, and other concerns that are specific to very high volume mailers. Members of this group also represent NCDC on other non-profit mail associations and boards. This group makes recommendations to NCDC for advocacy action and also suggests programs and speakers for the National Conference. They usually meet in Chicago in the Spring.

HISPANIC FUNDRAISING GROUP
The purpose of this group is two-fold: First, to further understand the impact of the Hispanic community in United States as well as within the U.S. Catholic Church. Secondly, to better understanding the diversity of interests, concerns and needs of this segment, in order to determine best practices in engaging them in mission.

MAJOR GIFTS AFFINITY GROUP
This group meets at the NCDC Annual Conference to discuss issues of special concern to them in terms of their major gifts programs. Participants create their own agenda and are self-directed. The group is also encouraged to make recommendations to the NCDC President about programming or other initiatives that would enhance the major gifts efforts of our membership.

NCDC NETWORKING

The NCDC Online Membership Directory is one of the most valuable tools available to members. Users can search by individual, organization, location, type of organization, fundraising methods used, and many other criteria. Our Corporate Partners are also accessible in the Membership Directory and searchable by services provided, location, and more.

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MENTORING AT NCDC

The National Catholic Development Conference’s Mentoring Program is a benefit of membership and well within the organization’s stated mission to

LEAD THE CATHOLIC DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY TOWARD EXCELLENCE IN THE MINISTRY OF ETHICAL AND COMPETENT FUNDRAISING

The Mentoring Program offers less experienced fundraisers the opportunity to meet with and learn from more experienced fundraising professionals. It is a way to become steeped in the principles of Catholic philanthropy and to enhance an organization’s coursework writing knowledge of the ethical principles of raising funds while proclaiming its mission.

NCDC makes every effort to pair mentor and mentoree based on expertise, needs, and geographic location. If necessary and possible, adjustments (changes in the mentor/mentoree match) can and will be made.

CRITERIA FOR MENTOR
In order to participate in this program as a mentor, we ask that the following requirements are met:

  • Minimum of five years of fundraising experience
  • Completion of the Mentor Application
  • Submission of professional resume
  • Commitment to work with Mentoree in the following ways:
  • Make contact prior to the annual conference , if applicable
  • Serve as support for one year after the conference via phone, personal visit to the office of the mentoree or mentoree to mentor’s office, e-mail, members only website
  • Complete six-month and final evaluation forms
  • Approval of participation in this program from your direct supervisor, as applicable

CRITERIA FOR MENTOREE
In order to participate in this program as a mentoree, we ask that the following requirements are met:

  • Membership in NCDC
  • Completion of the Mentoree Application
  • Commitment to work with the Mentor in the following ways:
    1. If attending the Annual Conference, plan to meet with mentor if possible
    2. Use opportunities during the year for support via phone, personal visit to the office of the mentor or visit from mentor to the mentoree’s office, e-mail, members only website, webinars and regional programs
    3. Understand and appreciate that the role of the mentor is to offer helpful feedback and guidance, not to actually write strategic plans, create budgets, or make presentations for the development office
    4. Understand and appreciate that the commitment of the mentor is only for one year
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