WHO WE ARE?
At St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and School, we believe that the Development Office is a ministry. Our main goal is to develop, grow, and advance BOTH the church and school. Yes, we are here to help raise funds for the church and school, but we are also here to reach out into the community with a loving heart in order to help those in need and to point those with means towards a goal that will benefit all of St. Gregory and the surrounding community. We are here to help build connections between the school, the church, and the community.
In the Development Office,
we cultivate relationships to help us fulfill the church and school’s mission and vision.
we collect and manage data, conduct prospect research, record gifts, work with volunteers, collaborate with donors, and help to manage events.
grow a giving nature in our community.
educate our donors about the benefits of investing in our community.
The development process is sometimes defined as “fundraising”, but fundraising is only one aspect of development. Our fundraisers support immediate small enhancements or needs in the parish; however, the results alone are not sufficient to assure a parish’s survival for the future. Development has to do with long-range plans. Our premise is we will be here 100 years from now; as a result, that has set into motion a series of activities that will lead to a secure and sustainable future.
Some of us have a greater responsibility because of the gifts we have been given and because of our faith experiences. Many of our people have boldly accepted the challenge, and that is why St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church and School is what it is today! We believe that our school and parish are great gifts to our church and community. We commit ourselves to meet the challenges of the future and to look back on our past in gratitude to those who paved the way.
HISTORY OF DEVELOPMENT
This office originated in 1992 with Mrs. Patricia Usyk as Director of Development. In 1993, the feasibility study was conducted, long-range plans were laid and the “Building Together in Faith” Capital Campaign was launched under the supervision of this office. It was a historic time for our parish community. The campaign was launched for $4 million and reached over $5 million. This provided for our new school, gymnatorium, parking lot, refurbishment of the rectory and the ministry building.
Through the guidance of Donna Wells, director from 2011 - 2018, the dedication of the entrance archway to the Prayer Garden in memory of Monsignor Fogarty was established. She helped grow the endowment funds for St. Gregory to be in the millions. Donna Wells was also the first director to take our Walk-a-thon Giving online. Her biggest passion was building our church and school on the belief that it is all, “For the Love of Our Children”.
As of July 1st, Carla Landron is the new Director of Development and has instituted the Crusader Corner newsletter for the school and the Gregorian News is set to be the church newsletter. She collaborated with various members of the church and school to create a modern and user-friendly website. In addition, she continues work on the three annual fundraisers and to build the endowments.
WHAT'S NEW IN DEVELOPMENT
Currently, the Development Office is working on improving the visibility of the church and school to our community. We are doing this by the following ways:
creating a monthly newsletter for the school called the Crusader Corner
creating a church newsletter called the Gregorian News
creating a newly designed website
organizing the Polynesian Paradise Auction
organizing the Golf Classic
We believe that this new way of communicating with our parishioners and school parents will help in building the community and creating connections.
We want you to become involved and be a part of it. Contact the Development Office to volunteer for our next events at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954.473.8170
We thank all the parents who step up and chair our big events, such as the Auction, or the Walk-a-thon. The commitment and leadership of these parents leads us to believe our parish is in good hands.