3 Tips for how to deliver an inspirational 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[…]

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

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​[…]

6 Qualities Every Catholic Fundraiser Needs to Have

6 Qualities Every Catholic Fundraiser Needs to Have

I have talked before about the importance of having a team around you to support your fundraising. (read more about this here) Before I dig deeper into the specifics of who does what, I want to focus on you, the fundraiser. A Catholic fundraiser is responsible for leading all aspects of raising money. Everything begins Read more about 6 Qualities Every Catholic Fundraiser Needs to Have[…]

Why is my pastor always asking me for money?

Why is my pastor always asking me for money?

All of us have heard this question and may even have voiced it ourselves. There are at least three reasons why pastors ask the people at Mass for their participation and their stewardship. Reason #1 – Funds are required to support activities The first reason is that the Church is like any other active organization, Read more about Why is my pastor always asking me for money?[…]

5 Important Steps to Getting Your Board, Volunteers, Colleagues Involved with Fundraising

5 Important Steps to Getting Your Board, Volunteers, Colleagues Involved with Fundraising

How to get your board involved with fundraising? I regularly conduct fundraising workshops for Catholic charities. One subject people often asked about is regarding who does what when raising money. In particular, Catholics are interested in how to involve their board, colleagues, and, most importantly, their armies of volunteers. These are important questions because you Read more about 5 Important Steps to Getting Your Board, Volunteers, Colleagues Involved with Fundraising[…]

How to Convert One-Off Donors to Life-Long Supporters

How to Convert One-Off Donors to Life-Long Supporters

When fundraising, I sometimes get so focused on my performance (how much money I raised) that I lose sight on the why. For example, each month, when I review the total I have raised, two reactions either happen. If I am over my target, I am delighted. If I am below my target, I become Read more about How to Convert One-Off Donors to Life-Long Supporters[…]

Fundraise as if you were Ben Hur

Fundraise as if you were Ben Hur

The following topic on how to fundraise like Ben Hur in fundraising 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, I am sorry we missed you. We went to St. Read more about Fundraise as if you were Ben Hur[…]

The 4 important lessons from the saints (about fundraising)

The 4 important lessons from the saints (about fundraising)

We look to the saints for guidance when we find ourselves in a challenging situation. This could happen when we face a family crisis, a confrontation at work, low self-esteem, despair, or simply pondering what to do next. In my life, several saints (Augustine, Liguori, Bernard, John Paul II) have helped me navigate my way Read more about The 4 important lessons from the saints (about fundraising)[…]

Big Vision in Fundraising – How to Build Trust Among Parishioners

Big Vision in Fundraising – How to Build Trust Among Parishioners

The following topic on the important of a BIG VISION in fundraising 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, You’re right, father, rebuilding trust takes time. It won’t happen Read more about Big Vision in Fundraising – How to Build Trust Among Parishioners[…]