Advancing Our Church

Advancing Our Church


21. Making an Impact on Diocesan Development

July 29, 2023

Published: July 14, 2019



Making an impact on a Diocesan Development program takes time and expertise. How can spending more time out of the office help build a development strategy? What relationships should Diocesan and parish development officers cultivate? How can technology assist in development? This week, Jim Friend is joined by Scott Whitaker from the Diocese of Austin to discuss these questions and much more.



Additionally, Jim chats with Diana Curran, Senior Director for Changing Our World. Diana shares her background in educational advancement and the work she’s doing in the Diocese of Albany. We also learn about her 120-mile adventure through Zion’s National Park in Utah. Diana was recently named a CASE D1 Faculty All-Star and has received awards for creating innovative stewardship and fundraising programs and for her leadership. She speaks at conferences on many topics, including stewardship; fundraising; generational giving preferences and habits; negotiation; and women’s leadership. 



Scott Whitaker joined the Diocese of Austin in 2003 and is the Secretariat Director for Stewardship, Development, and Communications and Executive Director for the Catholic Foundation – Diocese of Austin. He oversees all areas of stewardship and development in the diocese. Scott’s focus areas are supporting parishes and schools in conducting capital campaigns, major gifts, planned giving, and endowment management. Scott is an active volunteer at his parish, St. Vincent de Paul, and his children’s schools.



Scott is a current board member of the Association of Former Yell Leaders at Texas A&M University, and he previously served on the International Catholic Stewardship Council Board of Directors and Hand to Hold, a non-profit that serves families enduring infant prematurity or loss. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and loves Aggie football. He and his wife, Kathryn, have six children, all attending Catholic schools in the diocese. If you have questions for Scott, he encourages you to contact him at (512) 949-2441, scott-whitaker@austindiocese.org



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