Gather a community before you gather donors

Everything you do with fundraising begins with your community. Your community consists of every person you bring into your mission. This includes donor, non-donor, volunteer, inquirer, lapsed donor, and even the people who you meet each day. By focusing your attention on building your community, you take them on the journey which is realizing your Read more about Gather a community before you gather donors[…]

Thank You Fundraising

How to perfect your ‘Thank You’ in fundraising

The “thank you” is the undisputed champion of all fundraising conversations. This is because your gratitude is the hallmark of acknowledging how God blesses you through the people you meet. Therefore thanking people must be foundational in your day to day work as a fundraiser. I would even rank your ‘thank you’ as more important Read more about How to perfect your ‘Thank You’ in fundraising[…]

asking for donations

What to say (and not say) when asking for donations

There is an art to asking for a donation. I am not talking just about intuition and creativity. To become a great artist, you have to spend years learning and perfecting your craft, and it doesn’t come easy. You have to fail countless times until you get it right. You are constantly looking for what Read more about What to say (and not say) when asking for donations[…]

Finding your Voice in Fundraising

Stop screaming ‘Please Donate’ because people are not listening

You have a message that you want others to hear. You are inspired to bring Jesus into the world, and you want people to be as inspired as you. Sometimes you ponder about the possibilities in front of you. You see all the people’s lives you will help. You see it right in front of Read more about Stop screaming ‘Please Donate’ because people are not listening[…]

How to find donors

How to Find More and More and More Donors (and then even more)

Most of us start with the idea that to raise funds we have to find donors all the time. Therefore, the hunt begins, and the fundraising strategy focuses on finding people and getting them to donate. Sounds like a logical approach to reach your target, but in fact, it’s not at all. If you are Read more about How to Find More and More and More Donors (and then even more)[…]

Right Words Fundraising

How to Find the Right Words for Your Next Fundraiser

When you are preparing for a donation request or even a campaign, you likely wonder, “What do I say to someone for them to give me money?” You see the success other Catholic charities have, and you think, “If I can learn what they are saying, I can have the same results.” You think that Read more about How to Find the Right Words for Your Next Fundraiser[…]

Fundraise Hurricane Harvey

How to Fundraise after a Disaster (Hurricane Harvey & Irma)

The level of destruction by Hurricane Harvey has been biblical. Like me, you have been following what’s been happening in Houston and the surrounding areas this past week. Residents have been pounded with rain, winds, tornadoes, and flooding. Now Hurricane Irma is on its way. As we watch the rescue efforts, we are all looking Read more about How to Fundraise after a Disaster (Hurricane Harvey & Irma)[…]

What a fundraiser should do every week

I want to walk you through a typical week for me so you can learn the Catholic habits of how to fundraise effectively. Yes, there are actions you can do that will make your fundraising more Catholic and more effective. Plus, by showing you what I do each week, you will learn two valuable lessons. Read more about What a fundraiser should do every week[…]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Catholic Fundraising

One of the questions I most often get asked is, “Where do I find donations?” Not surprisingly, everyone is looking for the shortcut and equally unsurprisingly is this fact: There are no shortcuts. The questions I wish more people would ask me is, “what should I do to receive more donations?” Fundraising requires action. The Read more about The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Catholic Fundraising[…]

Re-thinking Fundraising Catholic Approach

Rethinking How You Fundraise – The Catholic Approach

Rethinking how you fundraise will have a great impact than any appeal you are launching. When you think about fundraising, you emotions lean one of two ways. You get that positive, happy feeling when you imagine all the possibilities that additional funding can help with doing more of your mission. You could likely daydream about Read more about Rethinking How You Fundraise – The Catholic Approach[…]