Having worked with Development and Advancement Directors across the country for many years, I can honestly attest to the fact that Jude Werner is the gold standard. It is rare to find someone so completely versed in fund development and donor relations who also has outstanding business expertise. In addition, he has created a model development office and staff that I use everywhere with other clients as an example of the ideal.
His dedication, work ethic and spirituality are the prime factors in the highly successful UNL Newman Center campaign and his work with other organizations across the country. I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to know him and work with him.
Retired Executive Vice President
I have worked with Jude Werner on a number of projects over the last decade. Specifically, Jude assisted with the foundation and development of the Phi Kappa Theta - Nebraska Pi chapter at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jude is a staunch leader for the Catholic community and was distinctly-mission focused toward the success of the chapter, despite being an alumnus of another Greek house. His preparedness and professionalism has resulted in innovative solutions in the areas of housing contracts and evolving market conditions. I would recommend his creative and business centric approach to fundraising, mentoring, and problem solving to any institution looking for assistance.
Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity Housing Corporation
When the Catholic Engaged Encounter Communities of the Diocese of Lincoln and the Archdiocese of Omaha were selected to host the 2018 National Catholic Engaged Encounter (CEE) Convention, many across the country were skeptical of its success. CEE is blessed with many Christ-centered, talented, and energetic couples across Nebraska who teamed to host a remarkable convention - a convention that "raised the standard for those that will follow."
A key part of that success was the fundraising plan that Jude Werner created specifically for our convention, trained volunteers for and oversaw successful completion of. In total, the value of cash and in-kind donations was 5X what the previous National Convention raised and even exceeded our own goals by 33%. These additional resources enabled the convention planning committee to provide attendees with an inspiring and enriching experience that will strengthen their diocesan CEE communities for years to come.
The leadership and impact that Jude and Stephanie Werner provided was not limited to fundraising though. The online marketing and social media promotional services provided by Stephanie drove national interest in the convention, garnering registrations from across the United States, Mexico and Canada. Professional direction was provided on all marketing materials and promotional items, as well as establishing a vendor program. In summary, the 2018 National Catholic Engaged Encounter was a huge success - a success that Jude and Stephanie Werner played a key role in making possible!
Mark and Bobbie Rappl
2018 National Catholic Engaged Encounter Committee
“I worked with Jude Werner on the UNL Newman Center-St. Thomas Aquinas Church project from idea to dedication. He deftly integrated complexities of funding, student/donor engagement, and the complexities of a major building endeavor.
He achieved a $25M capital campaign goal, a goal which was significantly higher than deemed probable eight years prior and built a dynamic fund development program which has become a model for other Catholic campus ministries across the country.
Jude effectively guided the Newman Center's expansion project through land acquisition, owner representation on design and construction, collaboration with neighboring entities, City of Lincoln, and the Urban Development offices. He successfully ushered a project to completion that appeared to be unlikely to succeed.
Jude’s sincere interest in supporting Catholic Campus ministries throughout the country and has become a trusted source of advice and counsel for others who grapple with assuring student retention of the faith during the college years.
His work on the UNL mission has demonstrated an adroit balance in orchestrating all the moving parts. I have been blessed to interact with such a hardworking, trustworthy servant leader.”
Kevin Clark, AIA, LEED AP
Clark Architects Collaborative 3
"I have worked with Jude Werner in multiple capacities and can attest to his brilliance, professionalism and hard work.
At the UNL Newman Center, Jude led one of the most high-functioning development offices that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. He knows how to design an effective marketing plan, run donor management software, cultivate strong relationships, and achieve broad donor support.
The successful completion of his $25 million capital campaign, the first campaign in the organization's history, reflects his leadership and drive for success.
Under Jude's direction, the UNL Newman Center has set a new standard for campus ministry and how a forward-looking development office should operate. I recommend Jude to anyone who will listen.”
Nic Prenger, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer
Prenger Solutions Group