Fundraising gets a kick-start for the New Year

A unique conference for Catholic fundraisers proved to be a great opportunity to share best practice and success stories from across the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

Steve Baylis, Head of Development, recently attended the Catholic Fundraisers Pilgrimage and Conference in Rome which was organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.

More than 50 fundraising representatives from 20 countries joined together to share their passion and best practice for all things fundraising.

The inspirational event will help to shape how the Archdiocese development team continues to support the mission and work of the church.

This includes a conference here in January, with the development team hosting representatives from Westminster, Dublin, Northampton and Plymouth Diocese to share good practice and support the development of all fundraising functions.

In Rome, new ideas and increasing fundraising revenue were at the top of the discussion agenda, which incorporated lectures, workshops, inspirational speakers and networking opportunities.

This was complimented by visits to St Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas; the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel. The conference ended with delegates attending the Sunday Angelus with Pope Francis.

Steve, who joined the Archdiocese in September 2015, was delighted to attend the conference in Rome and have the chance to showcase the team’s work and the difference being made at a local level.

The development team have raised a whopping £1.8m for the Archdiocese in the last two years – helping to implement numerous refurbishment projects including church roofs and community spaces.

Numerous buildings have undergone much-needed transformations – with over 100 parishes having received support – to make them fit for purpose for many more years to come.

And its these inspirational stories that Steve was able to share on his trip to Rome.

“The conference was a great opportunity to meet other fundraisers from around the world who all fundraise for Catholic projects,” he said.

“The main emphasis throughout the conference was the sharing of best practice with numerous examples that I have been able to learn from, and that will filter through into our work here in Birmingham.

“A lot of time was spent talking about mission, and how that should drive all that we do. For me this was of particular interest as I’m new to working with the Catholic Church.”

At any one time the development team have several projects on the go, all designed to benefit the Archdiocese of Birmingham.

To find out more about the team’s activities follow them on Twitter @DevelopmtRCBham