56. Engaging Parishioners During COVID-19

On Today’s Show:

With public Masses canceled this past weekend, how are we engaging parishioners during the COVID-19 crisis? Many parishes and dioceses around the country are engaging in creative means to stay close to their parishioners despite social distancing. On today’s show, Jim Friend hosts a roundtable of Changing Our World‘s expert consultants on the topic of communications. Our panel includes:

Thomas Farrell, Senior Managing Director

Mary Beth Martin, Esq., Senior Managing Director

Shawn Trahan, Senior Managing Director

Mike Hutchenson, Managing Director

This will be the first in our series of podcasts that we will bring you on the topic of best practices during the COVID-19 crisis. Also, watch the Changing Our World: The Podcast for a continuing weekly webinar series called FORGING FORWARD. A new, weekly series designed to bring you experts from around the country who are managing through this crisis.

Our Panelists:

Shawn Trahan: Shawn has more than 20 years of experience working within the nonprofit sector, including planning/directing major capital campaigns, fundraising feasibility studies, development audits/assessments, volunteer coaching, and board development and serving as interim development director. 

Thomas Farrell: Since 1985 Tom has directed or given oversight to approximately 1,000 individual parish fundraising initiatives and to three dozen major diocesan development programs. These endeavors have taken place in a combined 100 archdioceses and dioceses and across 35 different states. Tom has also provided counsel on several Catholic education campaigns as well as appeals for other religious organizations.

Mary Beth Martin: Mary Beth brings more than twenty-five years’ experience helping nonprofit organizations design and build strategic fundraising plans, grow major gifts programs, develop fundraising capacity, and execute capital campaigns and other funding initiatives.

Michael Hutchinson: Michael has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for more than 15 years.  Throughout his career, Michael has supported organizations in realizing their vision and has proven himself as a leader skilled in aligning operations and human capital talent and investments to maximize impact; syncing strategies with market trends to realize growth; and, generating revenue and resources by developing relationships, programs and campaigns.

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