how to cut fundraising costs

How to Cut Your Fundraising Costs by 99% (and more)

In the ten plus years that I’ve been working, I’ve experienced dramatic changes in how I work. I used to travel to an office, wasting an hour commuting each way. Now, I can do everything I want in a coffee shop in the middle of the Alps. It’s a bit crazy because I think that Read more about How to Cut Your Fundraising Costs by 99% (and more)[…]

SLOW DOWN: Baby Step Your Way To Success With Your Next Fundraising Campaign

It’s a fact: asking for money is difficult. I have not met anyone, including me, who is always motivated to fundraise. It’s a tough task, but it’s also an important one, especially if you want to reach new heights with your mission. To do this, we have to get out of our comfort zones, and Read more about SLOW DOWN: Baby Step Your Way To Success With Your Next Fundraising Campaign[…]

major gift fundraising

How to 10x Your Number of Major Gifts in One Weekend

The following topic on major gift fundraising for beginners is a continuation of the Almoner’s blog, a series of fictional letters written by a parishioner to his parish priest about fundraising. You can read all previous letters of the Almoner: http://catholicfundraiser.net/category/almoner-blog/ Dear Fr. Jacob, That’s awesome! Don’t worry, I set the bar high for you, and this Read more about How to 10x Your Number of Major Gifts in One Weekend[…]

Old vs. New Fundraising – Why you must change your approach today

I worked in the fundraising department of a Catholic Diocese for three years, helping over 200 parishes with their fundraising. After, I turned my attention to helping dozens of smaller Catholic charities improve how they fundraise. Each time I wanted to try something different, I received pushback. The leaders of those Catholic charities hesitated to Read more about Old vs. New Fundraising – Why you must change your approach today[…]

Volunteers fundraising

How to get volunteers involved in fundraising

I am a tremendous fan of volunteers. People want to help you without being paid. How incredibly generous they are! As fundraisers, I think we underestimate the gift of a volunteer’s time. To me, it’s as valuable as a financial donation. However, because we don’t always value time as much as money, we end up Read more about How to get volunteers involved in fundraising[…]

Major gift fundraising for beginners

Major gift fundraising for beginners

The following topic on major gift fundraising for beginners is a continuation of the Almoner’s blog, a series of fictional letters written by a parishioner to his parish priest about fundraising. You can read all previous letters of the Almoner: http://catholicfundraiser.net/category/almoner-blog/ Dear Fr. Jacob, That’s terrible news! I thought the technician told us we could get another Read more about Major gift fundraising for beginners[…]

Why Catholics are Terrible at Fundraising

Why Catholics are Terrible At Fundraising (And What to Do About it)

I’ve been fundraising for Catholic organizations for several years now, and I have been blessed to meet so many incredible Catholics who work and volunteer for them. Most Catholics get involved because they want to make a difference. They want to help a cause that is bigger than them. They love their Catholic faith and Read more about Why Catholics are Terrible At Fundraising (And What to Do About it)[…]

5 Rules for Inspiring People to Fundraise for You

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again, you fundraise much better when you do not work alone. When you have a team around you, helping you along the way, you’ll have much more success. In fact, they lift you to your fundraising goals. I follow five rules for gathering the right support Read more about 5 Rules for Inspiring People to Fundraise for You[…]

Stewardship Homily

3 Tips for how to deliver an inspirational Stewardship Homily

Dear Fr. Jacob, In my last letter, I talked about some potentially damaging approaches to the ‘stewardship homily’. I heard another preacher step on a fundraising landmine during their homily recently. I’ve heard it many times before, so he’s not entirely to blame. It was the “Everything you own belongs to God, anyways” detonator. Every Read more about 3 Tips for how to deliver an inspirational Stewardship Homily[…]

Evangelium Consulting

Catholic ​Leadership: The Hinge, the Crisis, and the Context​

The following article was written by Kyle Neilson who is Vice President of Evangelium Consulting Group. Leadership. Everything hinges on it. Programs, books, proposals, dreams: none of these per se causes change. Leaders — people — cause change, for good or for ill. (Of course, I’m referring to the natural order. Indeed, the Holy Spirit Read more about Catholic ​Leadership: The Hinge, the Crisis, and the Context​[…]