3 Tips to Stop Struggling to Find Donors

My best recommendations for finding donors when you don't know where to look

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At some point with your fundraising – or you may have already experienced this – you will struggle to find donors.

Today is your lucky day. Because this article outlines exactly how you will never have to struggle again. In fact, in the next paragraphs, you will find ideas so good and practical that you can start applying them today and see immediate results.

When it comes to your Catholic nonprofit or cause, you simply don’t have the time to waste struggling to find donors, so let’s find your next 10 donors today.

First, I want you to take a step back and recognize that, even before you start looking for donors, you are probably juggling 100 other tasks that need to be done, plus another 100 hurdles getting in your way.

My greatest advice for finding donors is to remove all of this debris out of your way. Once you have done that, you will free yourself to think, plan, and act. This is the first step toward finding nonstop donors.

Why you’re likely struggling to find donors

Most people get into the bad habit of pausing fundraising when things get too busy or difficult. From my experience, taking time out is one of the primary reasons why so many Catholics struggle to raise funds and support.

Remember: There will always be things getting in the way, regardless of what you are doing or how often you are cleaning out your In Box. We will always have more to do than we want, despite how much experience we might have.

If your mission or cause is vital, you must find a way – you must create a plan – that helps you rise about the chaos and keep going. If you can outline and maintain this level of commitment — to not stop and not allow outside factors to stop you — then you will find donors over and over again.

Here my three pieces of essential advice that have helped me stay on track with fundraising and find donors.

Advice #1 – Show up every day – Never put fundraising on the backburner. Finding donors is not a seasonal activity, especially if you are looking to increase how many people you serve through your Catholic nonprofit or mission.

You have to show up every day. That doesn’t mean you have to solve every issue or complete every big project in one day (after all, God took seven days for His own Creation), but it does mean you have to remain committed to always taking steps forward.

Advice #2 – Focus on three tasks – Sometimes the best way to guarantee that you complete what you want to do is to prioritize those tasks. You can do this by writing down your three most important tasks on a piece of paper before you start your workday.

This simple act of writing a list of your three most important tasks will immediately get your mind off of the hundreds of other distractions that can get in your way and help you focus on your top priorities.

If you commit to executing your top three priorities, regardless of whatever else may be thrown at you, you will notice how, after just a few days, that you are gradually making progress. After 30 days, you’ll recognize that you’ve completed 90 out of the 100 tasks that you felt were drowning you.

Yes, I know you want to say, ‘Brice, this is impossible! You never know what is going to come up!” But that’s precisely my point.

Either you control what you get done in your day or let anything and everything else control you. The latter is a recipe for assuring that you will never get done what you want — and need — to do.

I’m always inspired by the perseverance of the saints. I admit… I wake up every now and again (maybe more often than I admit) with low levels of enthusiasm… I just want to stay in bed. But when I read the Gospel reading for the day or the story of a saint, I’m back in ‘PERSEVERE MODE’. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, just remember that the saints and Jesus are with you. #catholic #catholicchurch #Catholicism #catholicfaith #catholics #catholicworld #catholiclife #CatholicYouth #catholicwedding #catholicschool #catholicmom #CatholicConnect #catholicjewelry #catholicrome #catholicfamily #catholicisme #catholicwomen #catholicmemes #CatholicWord #catholicart #catholica #catholicschools #catholicsaints #catholicquotes #catholicgifts #catholicpriest #catholicsaint #catholicblogger #catholicgirl #catholicchuch

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Advice #3 – Don’t mistake challenges for excuses to quit – All to often in fundraising, when people say, “No, I don’t want to donate,” or you simply can’t find anyone to ask, we take these no’s and dead-ends to mean we aren’t supposed to be pursuing our mission. I recommend that you shouldn’t misinterpret challenges as signs you should quit.

Challenges and setbacks don’t mean God is telling you He doesn’t want your efforts. In fact, it’s quite the opposite! The challenges we may face today can only prepare us for even bigger challenges; the only way we grow capable of overcoming greater obstacles later is by learning how to get over the smaller ones now – even if they seem ginormous today.

If you follow my blog, you know I have cited Mother Teresa before, because she understood the challenges of surmounting difficulty in His name: “I know God wouldn’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.”

Trust in yourself. He does.

How to find your next donor by the end of the day

You and I both know that fundraising is a challenging task. We will all hit rough patches, and we will always have lists of ‘other things’ to do. From my experience, and the experience of those Catholics whom I’ve helped, if you too will apply these three tasks, you will more donors faster and get back on track with what the Lord wants you to do.

And remember to have faith: Remain confident that Jesus is by your side and helping you each and every step along the way.

Question: How do you keep going when things get tough? (leave you comments below)

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.

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