I am not your typical fundraiser.
After enjoying a successful career in technology consulting with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in various cities (Dallas, San Francisco, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and London) around the world, I left it to help my Catholic diocese in London, England with a fundraising campaign. The campaign went on to raise over $50 million, the largest sum ever raised for the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom.
Learning from professional fundraisers, I figured out the basics and then left the diocese to focus on what I love doing most:
My mission is to help build Catholic charities, parishes, religious orders, and lay aposolates that change the culture and bring people to Our Blessed Lord.
How did I end up fudraising for Catholic organiztions? Well... it wasn't immedate. I arrived at the decision to pursue a career in fundraising after a year of discernment.
During this time, I attended daily Mass, spoke to priests regularly including my spiritual director, studied theology, and attended several retreats at a nearby Benedictine monastery.
I continually asked God what he wanted me to do, and I took ample time to listen to him and journal my experiences. As I completed my master’s degree in Christianity at Heythrop, the Catholic college and seminary near my home, I better understood the foundations of my faith and spoke with others who inspired me to take this decision.
I discovered, in time, that I didn’t need all the answers to my questions. That’s God’s role.
I finally quit my career (and pretty much everything that I had worked up to for the past 10 years), I started as an entry-level fundraiser for my diocese. It was a humbling experience, especially since I had just left a prominent career path as a professional consultant.
My role now was to trust and walk in faith one step at a time. Gradually, as I walked in faith more, the leap stopped being as daunting as I kept imagining it to be.
“Look, I’m still alive,” I told myself after what I thought was a challenging decision. “I’m healthy, and I have a roof over my head.”
Saying hello to Cardinal Burke after Mass
Since then it’s been an incredible journey for me. I now reach over 30,000 Catholics each month through my website, and I wrote the only book, Alms: The Definitive Guide to the Ins and Outs of Catholic Fundraising, dedicated to teaching Catholics how to fundraise in practical steps.
You’ll find that my approach to fundraising different and effective (mostly because it's founded in Catholic teaching). I developed it over the past few years, and it has helped me fundraise for many charities, one of which went to achieve six-figures in less than two years.
More specifically, I use the perfect blend of Catholic teaching, technology, and personal experience to attract Catholics, inspire them, and raise funds. My main source of ideas comes directy from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
I founded CatholicFundraiser.net in 2016 so I can respond to Pope Leo XIII's appeal:
We renew the urgent entreaty we have already made, to redouble zeal and perseverance, when addressing humble supplications to our merciful God, so that the virtues whereby a Christian life is perfected may be reawakened. (Sapientiae Christianaie, 1890)
I’m often asked to help Catholic causes, and the way I do this is through my website so I can maximize my time and impact more people. If you have a question, I’ve probably answered it on one of my articles or YouTube videos.
Always remember, we all share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have our own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.
But YOU have to respond to this call; no one is going to do it for you! It is your responsibility.
And if fundraising is a roadblock, well... it no longer is anymore because you've found this website and me.
You engage in your vocation through the faith, hope, and charity which the Holy Spirit diffuses in the hearts of all members of the Church.
No one is going to give you the power to act. That’s between you and the graces God is giving you!
I know there are times that are challenging, and it may seem like you can’t make a difference. I’m living proof that you can. If a normal layman from Texas can do it, then so can you!
And just remember: "the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us." (Romans 8:18)
"How can I get more donors?"
"How can I inspire people to volunteer and help me?"
"How can I fundraise for a new project I am launching?"
"How do I make a consistent fundraising plan on a limited budget?"
"How do I ask someone for money?"
"Where do I find donors and donations?"