3 Reasons Why No One Is Donating to Your Apostolate

Spoiler Alert: It's You!

These past few months have shaped up to be a huge test for Catholic apostolates.

As we overcome one crisis after another, apostolates are finding themselves in one of two categories.

Category #1 – Donations are booming

Category #2 – Donations are on the decline

If you are in category #2, I ‘ve uncovered why people may not be donating to you. Check it out:

PS – spoiler alert: the reason is you!

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Let’s talk about the real reasons why people are not donating to you. 

Hi, I’m Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, the website dedicated to helping Catholics with their fundraising.

Today, I’m going to be talking about the real reason why people are not donating or not donating more to you. We’re going to be looking at three specific reasons that I see recur throughout the majority of Catholic apostolates. If you are facing challenges with increasing donations, finding donors, anything with regards to improving your fundraising, this is where we are going to look three reasons why you’re probably not getting more donations. 

But before we do that, I just want to make sure that you download absolutely for free my guide, The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. These are 10 actions that I recommend any and every Catholic should take when it comes to fundraising. These 10 lessons have helped me and they’ve helped thousands of Catholics with their fundraising. It’s my blueprint and it’s yours free, on how to successfully fundraise today. I’m talking about the hurdles that you’re going to face and I know this guide is going to help you overcome those hurdles. 

So let’s dig into the three reasons why I think people are not donating to you, starting with the number one reason. 

Well, number one if you believe the negative stories around you. What I mean by that is, do you believe that economic issues are impacting your fundraising… scandals are impacting your fundraising… tough times are disrupting your fundraising?. If you think all of these are reasons why you can’t increase your fundraising, guess what? If you believe it, it’s actually going to happen. 

However, if you believe these things won’t impact you but rather, Christ will, then regardless of what happens, you are actually doing something for Him. It’s not just for your apostolate. It is for Him. Fundraising, in essence, is doing God’s will, and if you trust in that, you’re going to find more opportunity.

Why? Because a lot of people are believing the negative stories about why it’s impacting their fundraising and then they can’t fundraise. But the ones who are saying, You know, whatever happens, I believe that Christ is going to help me. He’s going to help me fundraise because I know that I’m doing something for Him. And with raising additional funds, I’m going to be doing a whole lot more. So that’s the number one lesson. You’ve got to stop believing the negative stories you are telling yourself.

Lesson number two is very similar to lesson number one. Beware of letting yourself believe that these negative stories apply to everyone. You make the assumption that, if you’re having difficulties, whether it’s related to economic issues, scandals, generally tough times, how could anyone be successful with their fundraising? And so you think, because it’s happening to me, it must be happening to everybody, and there’s nothing that I can change. 

You can’t fundraise because you think the negative results that you will possibly be facing are happening to everybody. And so you’re saying there’s nothing that you can do. This is just the way it is. No. That’s just another reason why you’re not successful with your fundraising. You cannot let yourself think that because you don’t have success, nobody is having success. So you report that to your board and you report that to your team and you report that to your donors saying, look it’s out of my hands, there’s nothing I can do. Don’t think like that. That’s point number two. 

The third reason why you’re not successfully fundraising and people are not donating to you is because you probably don’t really have a plan of attack. That can be especially true when you have difficult situations around you. Yes, there could be economic challenges, cultural challenges, scandals. You name it. There’s always going to be something. But if you do not have a plan, you cannot overcome anything. When everything is great, you don’t need a plan. If you’re not fundraising a lot then you’re probably not thinking about a plan. You’re doing a little something here and there, you might have a campaign at the end of the year, and maybe another at Lent, but for the most part, you really haven’t built an end-to-end plan.

That’s where my website comes in, and the free guide that I recommended your downloading. It’s a great start and guide to your own fundraising plan. I have authored over 150 articles and produced over 100 videos on how to fundraise that will help you build your plan. I’m offering you step by step instructions on how to fundraise and work around these three reasons why you think you can’t fundraise. 

It’s not about external pressures, it’s about the pressures you’re putting on yourself.

Hopefully, I’ve brought you some degree of reassurance. Because you can turn things around. You can make the difference and fundraise more successfully. I hope that you found this helpful. Don’t forget to download my guide and please, share this with a friend who is looking for fundraising advice, too. God loves you and I look forward to speaking with you again next week.

Want to fundraise more for your Catholic apostolate?

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment of Catholic Fundraising’. It’s a book that highlights the ten tasks you should do to keep you focused on your mission and hit your fundraising target, every time.

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Brice was born and raised Catholic. After enjoying a successful career in technology consulting with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in cities across the United States (Dallas, San Francisco, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and London) around the world, he left it to help his Catholic diocese in London, England with a fundraising campaign. The campaign went on to raise over $60 million, the largest sum ever raised for the diocese and in the United Kingdom.

Learning from professional fundraisers, he figured out the basics and then left the diocese to focus on what he loves most: building Catholic charities that change the culture, save lives, and save souls.

Brice currently lives in Texas and travels the world helping Catholics fundraise. This website is where he shares what he is doing and how he is raising funds for Catholic causes and missions. That way you can move more quickly with your next appeal.