I am not your typical fundraiser.
After enjoying a successful career in technology consulting with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in various cities (Dallas, San Francisco, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and London) around the world, I left it to help my Catholic diocese in London, England with a fundraising campaign. The campaign went on to raise over $50 million, the largest sum ever raised for the Catholic Church in the United Kingdom.
Learning from professional fundraisers, I figured out the basics and then left the diocese to focus on what I love doing most:
My mission is to help build Catholic charities, parishes, religious orders, and lay apostolates that change the culture and bring people to Our Blessed Lord.
How did I end up fundraising for Catholic organizations? Well… it wasn’t immediate. I arrived at the decision to pursue a career in fundraising after a year of discernment.
During this time, I attended daily Mass, spoke to priests regularly including my spiritual director, studied theology, and attended several retreats at a nearby Benedictine monastery.
I continually asked God what he wanted me to do, and I took ample time to listen to him and journal my experiences. As I completed my master’s degree in Christianity at Heythrop, the Catholic college and seminary near my home, I better understood the foundations of my faith and spoke with others who inspired me to take this decision.
I finally quit my career (and pretty much everything that I had worked up to for the past 10 years). I then started as an entry-level fundraiser for my diocese. It was a humbling experience, especially since I had just left a prominent career path as a professional consultant. I went from being a high-flying, well-paid international consultant to a novice, modest-paid diocesan fundraiser. Nonetheless, I was ecstatic!
My role now was to trust and walk in faith one step at a time. As I walked in faith more, the transition became less daunting than I imagined it to be.
I would tell myself many times, “Look, I’m still alive. I’m healthy, and I have a roof over my head.” I took each day as they came, and slowly but surely, as the Holy Spirit guided me (and with the help of my Guardian Angel), I saw how all the pieces were fitting together. Before I knew it, I was seeing all the possibilities and how I could make an impact in helping Catholics with their fundraising.
Since then it’s been an incredible journey for me. I now reach over 40,000 Catholics each year through my website. I wrote the only book, Alms: The Definitive Guide to the Ins and Outs of Catholic Fundraising, dedicated to teaching Catholics how to fundraise in practical steps. I also provide in-depth courses on fundraising topics, such as digital fundraising, major donor fundraising, how to become a development director, and the fundamentals of fundraising.
You’ll find that my approach to fundraising different and effective because it’s grounded in Catholic teaching. Yes, it sounds crazy, but the Catechism is a great guide for raising funds. I developed this approach over the years, and it has helped me fundraise for many charities, one of which went to achieve six-figures in less than two years.
I use the perfect blend of Catholic teaching, technology, and personal experience to attract Catholics, inspire them, and raise funds. My main source of ideas comes directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
This website, CatholicFundraiser.net, was founded in 2016 so I can respond to Pope Leo XIII’s appeal:
We renew the urgent entreaty we have already made, to redouble zeal and perseverance, when addressing humble supplications to our merciful God, so that the virtues whereby a Christian life is perfected may be reawakened. (Sapientiae Christianaie, 1890)
I’m often asked to help Catholic causes, and the way I do this is through my website so I can maximize my time and impact more people. If you have a question, I’ve probably answered it on one of my articles or YouTube videos.
Always remember, we all share in the priestly, prophetic, and royal office of Christ and therefore have our own share in the mission of the whole people of God in the Church and in the world.
But YOU have to respond to this call; no one is going to do it for you! It is your responsibility.
And if fundraising is a roadblock, well… it no longer is anymore because you’ve found this website and me.
No one is going to give you the power to act. That’s between you and the graces God is giving you!
I know there are times that are challenging, and it may seem like you can’t make a difference. I’m living proof that you can. If a normal layman from Texas can do it, then so can you!
And just remember: “the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory to come that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)