After blazing the trail in fundraising consulting across the broad spectrum of nonprofit organizations around the world, Graham-Pelton Consulting recognized the distinctive nature and evolving needs of the Catholic Church. Extensive consultation throughout the Catholic Church in the United States combined with thoughtful business analysis led Graham-Pelton to imagine a group dedicated solely to addressing the unique issues facing the Catholic Church in the areas of fundraising, planning, and communication. Thus, GP Catholic Services, Inc. was created and operates within the Graham-Pelton family, leveraging Graham-Pelton’s unparalleled experience and leadership in fundraising and Mission advancement.
Money is a practical necessity for all Church ministries, yet it needs to be raised in a way that is consistent with the fundamental principles of the Church. Therefore, the means that are used to develop and grow the Church’s resources must be consistent with its sacred mission. GP Catholic Services consists of experienced, mission-driven professionals who understand the changing role of philanthropy as well as the Church and the culture in which it ministers today.
The corporate values of Graham-Pelton Consulting represent the guiding principles that inspired the creation of a special division within the firm to serve the Catholic Church. These values were foundational in the conception of GP Catholic Services and remain as values that keep us connected to our roots.
bold | empathetic | authentic | focused | optimistic
Integrated Discernment Process™
GP Catholic Services uses Integrated Discernment, a process which we developed to help Church leaders understand and frame each high level issue from both spiritual and temporal perspectives to inform the strategic and tactical planning processes. This is a three-part process:
Understanding Spiritual and Temporal Dimensions
We help Church leaders to understand how people are currently encountering the Church. We help Church leaders understand the political, economic, social, technological, and legal influences that impact its ability to advance the mission of the Church.
Framing and Preparing to Plan
We frame significant issues in both their spiritual and temporal dimensions, ensuring a thorough understanding of the objectives, challenges, and opportunities facing the organization.
Application of an Understood Framework
A strategic planning process carefully crafted around an understanding of assumptions is a defining characteristic of our work.