Advice for Starting a Catholic Apostolate

Three recommendations when it comes to fundraising

If you are starting your apostolate and wanting to fundraise, I have some advice.

Also, if you want a refresher of what to focus on, I think you will enjoy these words of wisdom.

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Greetings my fellow Catholics! Today, we are going to be looking at three points that you should consider if you want to start a Catholic apostolate in today’s environment. These are three important points that I have found to be helpful, after working with thousands of Catholic apostolates, so stick around. I’m going to provide my three best recommendations on how to move forward if you’re just starting out, but before I do, let me introduce myself.

My name is Brice Sokolowski, the founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, your online source for advice on Catholic fundraising for today’s apostolates and nonprofits. I am here to help you with your fundraising. So whether you’re starting out, or you’re looking for new ideas on how to move forward with your fundraising, you are in the right spot.

To help you along with what we’re going to discuss today, I just want to make sure that you download my free guide to fundraising, The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. I’ve got your printed copyright here, available to you, you just have to click the link below and follow the instructions on how to download your own copy. It will give you the 10 best pieces lessons I have learned and have found to be very, very helpful on how to keep moving forward with your fundraising. Obviously, I’m going to give you as much advice as possible, especially on the aspect of what to consider if you’re starting an apostolate, but I think my Ten Commandments to Catholic Fundraising will help. I think you’re going to really like it because it goes a little bit deeper than what we’re going to cover in the next few minutes. 

So let’s dive into the main topic. I’ve got three points to share and I will be looking at my notes, the same notes available to you on my website, CatholicFundraiser.net. So if you want to download the notes as well, you can do that, and just print them out – it’s all absolutely available to you. 

Okay, first and foremost, if you want to start an apostolate, this is where I recommend that you start: Prayer provides all the answers. So when you’re looking to start, definitely pray. I recommend as well to reach out to a good spiritual director because it can be difficult to decipher what you think God is telling you and not telling you. I think most Catholics would agree on getting the advice of a spiritual director, (I highly recommend a priest or a monk), someone who is in the religious life. I think it’s really, really important to have a spiritual director helping you to navigate your effort, especially if you want to start in a positive direction. If you want to start fundraising, such advisors are going to give you a lot of solid advice. So that is my first point. 

Point number two is often overlooked tremendously and that is action. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned about starting an apostolate it is that it really is all about action, and you have to take into consideration the disciples, when Jesus told them to go out and start evangelizing, healing people, spreading the good news. He told them, don’t take anything with them, just do it. Yes, they were a little reluctant, but then they came back very energized, and they were shocked at what they were able to do. So when Jesus says, go out and make disciples out of all nations and spread the word, that’s obviously an ascension. And then you have the descent of the Holy Spirit, again inspiring average, everyday people to just go out and get things done, to take action. I can’t stress enough that prayer is very important, and with it, action is very important, as well. 

The third piece of advice is specific to fundraising: That more than likely, most fundraising can wait. I know this is a shock because fundraisers are always telling you otherwise. But maybe you don’t really need to throw a big fundraiser right now. That’s because I’m a big believer that God is already providing you with everything that you need to ask for support. We just have to make sure that we’re paying attention. God has likely provided everything that you need. It’s the parable of the talents, so I really recommend that you just start going out with whatever it is that you have and just start achieving all that you can with your nonprofit, and usually 99% of the time, that’s all you need to create anything that you want to do. And this is, for the most part, true I feel for most Catholic apostolates: 99% of what you want to do can be done completely free. That’s my last and biggest recommendation. When you are ready to fundraise, you want to discern how to do what you can with what you’ve got, despite a limited budget and/or limited funding. And that’s where CatholicFundraiser.net can step in, with a deep well of resources including hundreds of articles, videos, and my book — you’ll have tons of material to help you decide what you need. But before starting out, these are my three recommendations. 

I hope will be helpful to share this video and podcast. Please be sure to share it with other Catholic apostolates and nonprofits that you think would benefit from this advice. Remember that God loves you and I will speak to you again soon. Bye!

Want to fundraise more for your Catholic apostolate?

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandments 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.

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