In their shared work of serving the Church, the leadership at both FOCUS and the University of Mary have recognized a critical need. Across the country, the Church has unfilled, and well-paying, professional positions. While many of the faithful have a desire to serve the Church, they lack the professional training necessary to succeed in Catholic development.
For 2,000 years, the Church has benefited the world through the generosity of countless faithful souls who gave of themselves and their wealth in service to others—often at great personal sacrifice. However, as with many aspects of our culture today, there is a wide gap between the Catholic understanding of the human person and the universal call to charitable giving and the business of fundraising.
The world has never produced more wealth, and that is why the world has never needed a firmer grasp of the obligation to serve others with that wealth. That is why FOCUS and the University of Mary are partnering to found the Institute for Catholic Philanthropy. Led by FOCUS professionals in fundraising and missionary work, along with the faculty of the University of Mary, the Institute for Catholic Philanthropy seeks to address the critical shortage of professionals trained with the necessary skills required to serve the Church.
Together, FOCUS and the University of Mary believe that professionals with a proper understanding of both the essentials of successful fundraising and the Catholic perspective on giving—including the Theology of Gift—will allow for the Church to serve the needs of our time more effectively and fruitfully, for the benefit of many souls and for the common good.
Since this program was launched, the Institute has fielded numerous inquiries from across the nation of employers seeking to hire one of our trained graduates in Catholic Philanthropy.