About The Office of Parish Development
At any point in time, many parishes throughout the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America are in need of fundraising assistance from an outside, objective, and experienced source. The use of outside fundraising council, which is standard for nonprofit organizations, has become a widely accepted practice for individual parishes, as well. The benefits received from these services in terms of greater organization, better execution, and more dollars raised makes the costs worthwhile. While there are a variety of fundraising consultants whose services are specifically tailored to work with churches, there are few such consultants who understand the unique characteristics of Greek Orthodox parishes. In 2004, through a grant from the Archbishop Iakovos Leadership 100 Endowment Fund, the Archdiocese created the Office of Parish Development (OPD) to provide such fundraising assistance specifically for Greek Orthodox parishes.
The services of the OPD are unique in several ways. The fundraising approach of the office is based on direct experience and personal involvement with Greek Orthodox parishes across the United States. The OPD aims to assist parishes using an effective strategy that is rooted in sound fundraising principles. Even more importantly, OPD staff members work to ensure that funds are raised in such a way as to glorify God and to enhance the spiritual life of all involved in the project. Also, as a service of the Archdiocese, the office’s fees are well below the typical costs for this kind of work. As such, parishes operating under a variety of budgetary situations are able to make use of these services.
The Office of Parish Development has provided expert fundraising assistance to parishes across the country for a variety of purposes. If you wish to obtain references from some of these parishes, we will be happy to provide you with the appropriate contact information.