Monthly Programs

November 10, 2020: Stewardship

Dave Baranowski: Director of Parish Stewardship and Leadership Formation, Archdiocese of St. Louis

Dave has been the Director of Parish Stewardship and Leadership Formation for the Archdiocese of St. Louis since January 2012.

Over the past 8+ years, he has worked directly with 148 of the 178 parishes within the Archdiocese on personal and parish stewardship formation, as well as, many other parishes and dioceses across the country.

Dave also serves on numerous Archdiocesan committees and is a regular presenter at the International Catholic Stewardship Council Conference.

Prior to working for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Dave had a 29 year career with Anheuser-Busch, primarily in the Marketing department.  Dave had a wonderful career working for the “King of Beers” and now hopes to spend the rest of his life working for the “King of Kings”!

Dave has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and a M.B.A. from Webster University.

He and his wife, Sharon, have been happily married for 37 years and have three grown children.  Their home parish is Mary, Mother of the Church in St. Louis Missouri.

Dave can be reached at, 314-792-7215, or on Twitter @ dbaranowskiSTL.

December 10, 2020: New Cases and 2020 Developments

Larry Katzenstein: Partner at Thompson Coburn LLP

Larry Katzenstein is a nationally recognized authority on estate planning and charitable gift planning, and a longstanding champion of the Council. He is a partner at Thompson Coburn LLP; his practice concentrates on estate planning and charitable giving, and representation of tax-exempt organizations. Larry is a frequent speaker on gift planning across the nation, and an annual anchor presenter for several American Bar Association-American Law Institute estate planning programs. Larry also speaks at many national tax institutes and nonprofit organizations to share his expertise in tax law on charitable gifts. He graduated from Harvard School of Law and is an adjunct professor at Washington University School of Law, where he teaches both estate and gift taxation, and fiduciary income taxation classes.

January 14, 2021: The Fundraisers Story

Martin Leifeld: Author, Coach, Consultant, and Speaker

Martin Leifeld, author, coach, consultant and speaker, directed the raising of over $500 million dollars during his 24 years of fundraising leadership in the St. Louis region. Martin authored the book, FIVE MINUTES FOR FUNDRAISING – A Collection of Expert Advice from Gifted Fundraisers. provides nearly 125 video presentations about leadership and fundraising matters.

Martin served as vice chancellor for university advancement at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for 10 years. He led a dramatic increase in fundraising, averaging $26.4 million per year. University Advancement had 140 employees and a $16 million budget focusing upon alumni engagement, community relations, fundraising, marketing and communication, university events and the regional National Public Radio affiliate, St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU). 

Previously Leifeld was associate vice president for university development at Saint Louis University and director of development for the Diocese of Belleville, Ill.

Martin was named the 2018 Outstanding Fundraising Executive by the AFP St. Louis Regional Chapter. He was selected as the 2020 Millard S. Cohen Lifetime Achievement Award recipient from St. Louis Public Radio. Martin serves as a Fellow of the Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising and as a member of the Thought Leadership Team for The Change Leader, Inc. He is a founding member of World Game Changers, C.I.C.

Martin can be reached at: