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Stewardship 101

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm


The Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania Stewardship and Fundraising Workshop April 28, 2018

Speaker: the Rev. Suzanne Culhane at St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh.

Proposed Outline

1. Spirituality of Giving

2. Stewardship Defined

3. Stewardship and Creation

4. Theological Framework

5. Stewardship, Fundraising, and Donations

6. Common Misperceptions

7. US Giving Stats

8. Methods of Asking

9. Building Blocks of Successful Fundraising

    a. Prayer

    b. Case for Support

    c. Leadership (Clergy and Lay)

   d. Donor Prospects

   e. Plan (exercise)

10. Donor Cycle/Giving Pyramid

11. Return on Investment

12. Annual Giving/Best Practices

13. Pastoral Concerns

14. Church No-no’s!

Case Studies and Group Exercises

Open Forum – Q & A


About Rev. Culhane

Suzanne M. Culhane is a stewardship and fundraising consultant with nearly 20 years of experience in counseling religious and social service organizations. Working with three international firms and independently, over the course of her career she has assisted more than 100 organizations in raising nearly $95,000,000 for mission and programs. Her expertise includes annual giving, major gifts, capital campaigns, leadership development, and planning processes. Recent client partners include Trinity Church (Boston), The Church of the Ascension (New York), the Episcopal Chaplaincy at Harvard, and The Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral (New York). She frequently leads workshops and retreats in addition to clergy coaching around stewardship and fundraising. She is an Episcopal Priest currently serving as Assistant for Stewardship at Christ Church in Greenwich, CT. She has served as guest lecturer at The General Theological Seminary in New York. Suzanne holds an M.Div. from Episcopal Divinity School and a B.S. from Siena College. She is canonically resident in the Episcopal Diocese of New York and Licensed to Officiate in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut. She is a native New Yorker and a lifelong Episcopalian. She believes that God is in the numbers too and delights in building His Kingdom through transformational stewardship.


April 28
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh
Bethlehem Pike and Camp Hill Road
Fort Washington, PA 19034-0247 United States
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