Advancing Mission 2.0 is a multifaceted program funded by GHR Foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to help congregations of Catholic women religious attract the resources they need to advance their missions by:
- Fostering a spiritually-grounded approach to fundraising/development;
- Providing in-depth, comprehensive development assessment for congregations through professional audits and consultation;
- Training select members and staff on the strategies and practices of fundraising and development work and equipping them to lead change in the culture of their congregations; and
- Providing congregations with financial support and continuing education and training opportunities as they build structures and processes for their mission advancement.
During the first year of Advancing Mission 2.0, each of the ten congregations in the cohort received an initial grant to engage a consultant to complete a development audit. The second year of this program is focused on implementation and on-going learning.
Request for Proposals
The Lake Institute on Faith and Giving requests proposals focused on implementing development and communications recommendations derived from the development audits. Each congregation in Advancing Mission 2.0 is encouraged to apply for a full award of $50,000.
The proposals should help congregations of women religious develop, implement, evaluate, and institutionalize a comprehensive strategy for mission advancement that will endure and flourish across time and across natural changes in congregational leadership.
Outline of Expectations
Proposals should include:
- Summary of key recommendations from the congregation’s development audit;
- Proposed plan of action to implement the key recommendations;
- Detailed project budget for the $50,000 award;
- Timeline for implementation;
- Names, titles, and responsibilities of sisters, coworkers, and consultants involved in leading the implementation.
Please submit a 2-5-page proposal and 1-page cover letter between July 31, 2019 and October 15, 2019.
Address your cover letter to:
Melissa Spas, Managing Director of Education & Engagement
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5146
Submit your proposals here
Project Coordinator, Andrea Proulx Buinicki, CFRE and Lead Consultant, Angela White, CFRE are available to help you with your proposals.
Andrea Proulx Buinicki, CFRE
Angela White, CFRE
April 19-22, 2020
Guest rooms will be provided at The Alexander Hotel at 333 Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Reservations will be made on your behalf.
Our final gathering will begin with an optional dinner at 6:oo pm on Sunday, April 19, 2020, as a way to share fellowship and hospitality at the end of a day of travel. Our substantive work will begin on Monday, April 20 at 8:30 am EST. The gathering will conclude at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, April 22 with an optional lunch available afterward. Please make your own travel arrangements to accommodate this schedule. Please plan to take a taxi, Uber or Lyft from IND aiport to The Alexander Hotel.
After your travel, you must mail us your ORIGINAL receipts for travel expenses that you incurred. Digital receipts can be emailed if they are provided. If you receive a paper receipt only, it must be mailed.
At the conclusion of your travel, please email Curtis Kester, firstname.lastname@example.org outlining your trip including what expenses you are requesting reimbursement for.
Lake Institute on Faith & Giving
Attn: Curtis Kester
University Hall, Suite 3000
301 University Blvd.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Indiana University will reimburse any of the following expenses:
- Airfare, hotel rooms and hotel parking, rental cars, taxi/ride share (Uber, Lyft, etc), public transportation, airport parking, fuel (if you drove a rental car), mileage to and from departure airport or travel destination, and tolls.
No seat selection or legroom fees can be reimbursed for a flight. Baggage fees are reimbursable.
Your final hotel receipt at checkout, showing the payment type and a $0 balance is required. Hotel reservation confirmations will not be accepted.
Food receipts are not needed. You will be given a per diem amount for each meal you are not provided during your travel time. The amount is determined on what city you are in during meal times.
If you travel to the event by personal vehicle, you will be paid $.545 per mile, up to 500 miles. Any amount from 501 to 3000 miles will be paid $.2725 per mile. Please provide your work address unless your home address is closer to the trip destination.
Reimbursement requests submitted after 60 days become taxable income. Reimbursements will not be paid after 120 days.
Indiana University considers your travel time to start 2 hours prior to plane takeoff, and to end one hour after you land in your home city.
By participating in Advancing Mission 2.0, your community agrees to meet the following expectations:
- Three leaders from your community (including the congregational leader or superior and the chief development officer) are able to participate in three gatherings of the cohort.
- December 2-5, 2018: Indianapolis, IN
- July 14-18, 2019: St. Meinrad, IN
- April 19-22, 2020: Indianapolis, IN
- The congregation will actively and consistently participate in the community of practice cohort, including ongoing peer learning, assessment and evaluation.
- The congregation will meet all financial and grant reporting deadlines.
There are two primary objectives of this grant.
First, congregations of women religious will benefit from analysis, planning, and the development of a comprehensive strategy for sustainability, fundraising, and mission advancement.
Second, the Advancing Mission 2.0 cohort of women religious will develop an ongoing mentoring connection with the first grant cohort, facilitated through regular conversations, and they will receive additional training as well as ongoing coaching with a consultant and coordinator with specialized training in fundraising in religious communities.
Each participating congregation will begin with the opportunity to work with a professional fundraising firm to conduct a comprehensive development and most often a full communications audit in order to establish a baseline for their work moving forward. From those audits, congregations will be well equipped to develop a plan for implementation, utilizing program funds to build a culture of development within their congregation.
During the first year, grants up to $25,000 will be awarded to fund the participation in these comprehensive development and communication audits.
In this second iteration of the Advancing Mission grant program, we will develop and implement a mentoring model that enables newly participating congregations to learn with and from past participants from the first cohort. Two to four key individuals will be trained and supported to act as mentors and guides alongside the second cohort, in partnership with an experienced professional consultant and coach.
For the first learning event, three leaders (including the congregational leader or superior) from each congregation will participate in a three day program, “Faith and Fundraising.” Offered jointly by Lake Institute on Faith & Giving and The Fund Raising School, this program offers faith-based organizations the opportunity to explore the challenges facing faith-based organizations, the interplay between religion and generosity, core principles and elements of fundraising, the role of leadership, and results-oriented approaches.
Because of their participation in “Faith and Fundraising” congregational leaders will be able to assess their congregation’s mission advancement efforts and propose improvements. Those directly involved in mission advancement will be better equipped; those in congregational leadership will be better able to oversee and participate in those efforts more effectively.
Congregations participating in the “Faith and Fundraising” program will subsequently receive a request for proposal (RFP) inviting them to develop and seek funding for projects to build mission advancement capacity. The RFP will reinforce lessons from the “Faith and Fundraising” program. As congregations develop their proposals, a project director and/or consultant coach will be available to assist with project design and proposal preparation.
The second year will be focused on implementation and on-going learning. During the second year, grants up to $50,000 will be awarded for implementation of a comprehensive development plan, as designed by the congregations following their development audits and participation in “Faith and Fundraising,” and as articulated in their project proposals.
A second gathering will take place during this year, which will include a spiritual retreat component in addition to ongoing training and education. Representatives from the first cohort of the Advancing Mission grant program will also be invited to attend this gathering for their own additional training, as well as offering leadership for the spiritual retreat. This allows for the further development of a “community of practice” that will reinforce culture change within the congregations and sustain new patterns of congregational culture around mission advancement beyond the period of the grant program.
There will be a final educational gathering during the last year of the grant program, reinforcing the learning across the Advancing Mission program, and holding space for the congregations to learn with and from one another.
Each congregation will build its own internal capacity to pass their skills along to the next generation to create a self-sustaining model of fundraising. This means that program participants become leaders within their own congregations, inviting their leadership, sisters, and staff into a new way of relating to fundraising and sustainable models for mission advancement. Each congregation will design a plan for this ongoing development work, and they will be supported by their peer mentors and “community of practice” with consultant guidance.
The final year will have grants up to $25,000. All costs related to the learning events will be paid directly through the main grant.
The cadence and purposes of funding and grant applications are as follows:
- First, committed participants in Advancing Mission 2.0 will receive funding to engage a consultant to complete a comprehensive development audit.
- At the conclusion of the audit, congregations will have the opportunity to apply for funding to implement a capacity-building program or project that was identified during the audit.
- Finally, congregations will have the opportunity to apply for grant funding that will contribute to the sustainability of their development efforts.
The total funding available to each participating congregation is up to $100,000 during a three-year period.
In order to receive grant awards, we need a completed Vendor Packet from each organization. Please return this by December 31, 2018.