There is an amazing article in today’s issue of the New York Times (page A16, should you be interested) that links the recent difficulties experienced by the Vatican Bank and the Vatican’s struggle with “modernity.”
Some explanation may be in order.
For the last several centuries, the Vatican Bank has operated in a manner that was outside of the finanicial controls and oversight of the Italian banking system.
Apparently, that is changing and the Vatican Bank is finding itself now subject to the regulations that oversee the management of all financial institutions on the peninsula.
Simply stated, an organization that has played by their own rules now must change their operations to be consistent with the way everyone else “in the world” behaves.
And in shifting those gears, there are going to be some operational gaps.
I think diocesan development directors struggle with “modernity” as well.
Open your current annual fund operations manual and compare the solicitation methodologies contained therein with the solicitation methodologies that were used in the campaign 20 years ago.
Direct Mail. In Pew. Two donor clean up mailings.
Meanwhile, those with whom we compete with in the philanthropic marketplace are utilizing every integrated methodology and technology to increase their marketshare.
Modernity. Change. Progress.