Last week, I offered a group of Catholics the opportunity to “ask-me-anything”…
Someone (whom I had never met) asked if I would fundraise for them and earn a commission from the proceeds. You can probably guess my answer.
What most people miss is that fundraising isn’t just about donations and grants.
There’s something much more important.
And if you want to find donors to support your mission, then I suggest you learn from Abraham. He learned to build the Kingdom of God, and Abraham starting with NOTHING. A daunting task, yes, but he did it.
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In the next few minutes, you’re going to learn three fantastic tips from Abraham on how to improve your fundraising.
Hi, I am Brice Sokolowski, the founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, a website that is designed to help Catholics just like you with their fundraising. Whether you’re starting, trying to find which direction to go, trying to look for new ways to improve your fundraising, or you’re merely trying to expand, reach out and grow your apostate, you are in the right place today.
Before we dive in and learn about Abraham, I first want to make sure that you’ve downloaded the “10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising.” This guide lists the ten things that I think you should be doing because a whole lot of Catholics are doing them. So I want to make sure that you download athlete for free. The link is right below. Whether you’re watching this on the podcast, the video on my website, YouTube, wherever you are, there will be a link directly below. Make sure that you download your copy absolutely for free — the 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising.
Okay, Abraham, he shouldn’t need much of an introduction. He as very significant in just starting the Old Testament religion, Judaism, which then lead on to Catholicism. So he has profound importance in how we live today. And, I’m not going to get into the spiritual side, the theological side of Abraham. All of those elements are very, very important. I’m not going to get into them for the specifics of this video, but one of the critical things that Abraham taught us is to have a personal relationship with God himself. Today, I’m speaking about three tips from Abraham himself that I learned this week just by doing some research on Judaism and the Old Testament, along with this perspective of thinking. And here are three lessons that I learned from how Abraham went about his day today. You could say he is an example of how you’re to listen to God following a vocation. So here are three tips from Abraham himself on how I think I could help you with your fundraising.
The 1st tip comes from Jewish tradition. (If you see me looking down, you hear me pauses because again, I’m looking at my notes. You can download them. The link is right below always) Number one is from the Jewish tradition that says that Abraham built a close circle friends numbering at least 20,000 people. Abraham was connected, obviously connected to God. But at the same time, he went out, and he made relationships. And the critical thing here, I think, is on a circle of friends. So if you are thinking about fundraising, that means you are looking to bring people into your vocation. That means you’ve got to expand your circle of friends, reach out, connect with people first, don’t reach out and say, “Hey, I’m doing this. Will you support me?” Don’t do that. Do as Abraham did and reach out, build a close network of friends. It doesn’t have to be 20,000 people. Maybe it does, but start small. Even he started small.
Okay, the second tip from Abraham comes again from Jewish tradition. It is said that Abraham regularly invited guests into his home. This gives us insight into how he grew his circle to 20,000 friends. He was always inviting people into his home. I can say for myself that I’m not always inviting people to my house, but I do know the importance of reaching out and connecting with people. So in a sense, I’m trying to reach out and meet people, whether it’s not in my home, but it’s going out into the world and connecting with people. Whether it’s in the evening, the afternoon or sometimes in the morning, I’m trying to connect with as many people as possible. We can’t override this vital fact of fundraising or just life in general. So be like Abraham. Invite people, whether it’s your home, whether going out, do something to build those friendships.
The third tip that I think Abraham gives us is from how he lived. He had a large tent where he lived, and it had the doorways supposedly facing the four approaching roads. And so this means that regardless of where you’re coming from, as you were coming up to his home, there was a doorway that you could enter. So Abraham made it that you didn’t have one doorway for people. He had four doorways so that people could come to knock on his door and come in from all directions. I think this is another essential approach to your fund. Raising takes more than one method. Find new ways of reaching out to people. If you’re doing event fundraising, that’s one doorway. What’s another door? Maybe speaking to people over the phone, maybe doing social media, maybe doing email, maybe doing video, but mix and match. So that way you are opening your doors to more people.
I hope this has been helpful. Please let me know if I can help you out. But leave a comment. Share this with a friend. God loves you in a court of speaking with you next week.
Question: Which saint has given you great advice on how to raise funds? Please leave your comment below.