Supplemental Workshops

To supplement New Dollars/New Partners for Your Sacred Place training, the Philadelphia Regional Fund for Sacred Places has offered the following trainings. Congregations are invited to share best practices and ask questions of other congregations or professionals.

  • June 16, 2009
    Are you contemplating forming a “Friends” group to rally support for the preservation of your building? Wondering whether your congregation should establish a formal 501(c)3? This supplemental workshop will offer perspectives on both, with first-hand and legal insight into the advantages and process of each. Rich Kirk will share his experiences from The Calvary Center (at 48th and Baltimore), whose active 501(c)3 grew out of a “Friends” group of concerned neighbors. Richard Cohen and Matthew Jones, of Duane Morris, LLP, will then guide you through the logistics and legal processes of establishing nonprofit corporations and 501(c)3s, which may be used to manage your social services, your building preservation campaign, or both.The workshop was held at Church of St. Luke and the Epiphany from 4-6 pm.
  • January 28, 2009
    How do you get the word out?? So many New Dollars/New Partners graduates (and other congregations!) spend countless hours writing their case statement and articulating their place in their community, but then don’t know how to get that message out! Ennis Carter, Founder and Director of DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT, and Candace Roberts, Principal at QUANTUM THINK, will lead this workshop on communications for any congregations that want to tell everyone who they are, what they have and what they do! They will outline strategies for the design of brochures, websites, etc. so that your message is clear, articulate and engaging. If you have any current marketing materials, bring a copy to discuss them with Ennis and Candace! This can include any materials you hand out at services, as well as any newsletter or other mailings that you currently use.The workshop was held at Historic St. George’s United Methodist Church from 2-5pm.

    For more information on Design for Social Impact, please visit ; for more information on Quantum Think, visit their website at

  • May 6, 2008
    This workshop will be an introduction to the concept of planned giving. If you are unfamiliar with planned giving or would like to learn more about how planned giving can factor in your congregation’s fundraising efforts, this is the workshop for you! The topics covered will be creating a culture of planned giving through wills, bequests, life insurance, and gift annuities. Will Jordan, Director of Development for the Philadelphia Regional Fund, is co-hosting with John Hook, Esq, Chairman of the Trusts, Estates and Personal Planning Group at STRADLEY RONON STEVENS & YOUNG, LLP.The workshop was held from 3-5pm at Holy Communion Lutheran Church. Enter under the Shakespeare Theater sign at 2111 Sansom Street. The meeting is on the first floor chapel which is handicap accessible and refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Will Jordan at wjordan at sacredplaces dot org by Friday, May 2.

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  • February 20, 2008
    How do you manage and identify potential donors for capital campaigns? Discover communication strategies for those potential donors in this workshop. Additionally, learn about donor stewardship before, during, and after the gift has been made, and important tips to remember for congregational committees. (Previously scheduled for January 30)The workshop was held from 3-5pm at First Unitarian Church on 21st and Chestnut Streets. Please RSVP to Erin Coryell at ecoryell at sacredplaces dot org by Monday, January 28.
  • December 6, 2007
    How do other congregations determine who uses their facility and how it is used? Is there a potential tenant or building user that you would like to welcome but are concerned about introducing the topics of rental fees and time-share? Even if you already welcome outside users, if you are curious about how others strike that building-share balance or are unsure if you are on the right track, this is the workshop for you! Members of New Dollars/New Partnersteams who have developed innovative strategies to accommodate outside groups and building users will share their best practices.The workshop was held from 3pm to 6pm at Holy Communion Lutheran Church on 21st and Chestnut Streets. Please RSVP to Erin Coryell at ecoryell at sacredplaces dot org by Monday, December 3.
  • November 8, 2007
    Learn an overview of the basics of working with an architect or contractor with Shawn Evans, AIA of Atkin Olshin Schade and Steve Saxon of Premiere Masonry Restoration. Learn about the process for getting bids from contractors, developing a scope of work, and submitting requests for proposals (RFPs) and requests for qualifications (RFQs) for building projects.The workshop was held from 3 pm to 5 pm at Mother Bethel Church on Sixth and Lombard Streets. Please RSVP to Erin Coryell at ecoryell at sacredplaces dot org by Monday, November 5.
  • September 11, 2007
    Learn from the capital campaign experiences of Church of the Advocate and Christ Church. Both are National Historic Landmark properties that have received Save America’s Treasures grants and are in the midst of multi-million dollar capital campaigns. Christ Church Preservation Trust’s Executive Director Don Smith and Church of the Advocate’s Director of Development Barbara Stechert will discuss how to develop persuasive and thorough case statements, and the ways to incorporate the statements in fundraising.Please bring example of your case materials to share!
  • August 9, 2007
    Discover grant opportunities offered by the Pennsylvania Historical Museum Commission to increase resources available to local sacred places. These include education, public, and local history grants, historic preservation grants, and organizational planning and development grants.Additionally, Jack McCarthy, and archivist consultant, shares which grants can be used to strenghten the research congregation have completed into their histories, and discuss stewardship of archives and collections based on the New Dollars/New Partners-trained methods.

    For a link to PHMC grant information, please click here.

    For a link to archival resources, please click here.

For more information about The Philadelphia Regional Fund, contact Molly Lester mlester at sacredplaces dot org, Grants and Program Manager for the Philadelphia Regional Fund at 215.567.3234, ext. 18.

Philadelphia Regional Fund
Partners for Sacred Places
1700 Sansom Street, 10th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103