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The Sisters of St. Francis Foundation was created to provide support for the sisters’ ministries, their retirement, and other designated needs. With the help and support of the foundation’s board of trustees, the foundation seeks to develop methods of raising funds that increase awareness of the sisters’ ministries and enhance the congregation’s presence in communities through the United State and around the world.

Why Do the Sisters of St. Francis Need a Foundation?

Prior to 1994 the congregation did not engage in formal fundraising efforts.  By the early 1990s, circumstances warranted that the Sisters of St. Francis introduce a department specifically tasked to raise funds in order that the congregation could continue to fund sponsored and cosponsored ministries as well as to meet the sisters’ retirement needs.

We Consider Fundraising a Ministry

“Fundraising is proclaiming what we believe in such a way that we offer other people an opportunity to participate with us in our vision and mission.”

Henri J. M. Nouwen – A Spirituality of Fundraising


For more information about the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation contact:

Deborah Krist, OSF
Director of Mission Advancement
Sisters of St. Francis Foundation
609 S. Convent Road
Aston, PA 19014
(610) 558-7713
(610) 558-5357 (fax) 

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Elaine Twaddell: Raiser’s Edge Expert Par Excellence

If you have any questions about Raiser’s Edge fundraising software, Elaine Twaddell can help. With 19 certifications in Raiser’s Edge, she definitely knows her stuff.

Elaine came to the Sisters of St. Francis Foundation in February 2016 from the Hagley Museum in Delaware. Her expertise has given the foundation something it needed—someone who can not only manage the fundraising database but can also establish protocols and make sure all information is input correctly and consistently. These protocols allow her to retrieve records and produce reports so that the information is as accurate as possible.

While her day job is taking care of a database, her personal activities keep her very busy as well. Elaine and John, her husband of 25 years, are more than marital partners. They co-own an electrical contracting business. John does the hands-on work and Elaine oversees all the financial details.

Along with the business, John and Elaine share a love of travel, especially to the Caribbean. They try to take at least one trip a year to unwind from their busy schedules and enjoy the adventures and sites of the places they visit. Elaine also makes time—between the billing and the bookkeeping—to play with her three cats and to work in her garden. The latter is her favorite hobby.

Marriage, databases, billing, bookkeeping, traveling, and cats—it’s a pretty full life and the foundation is glad to be part of it.

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