This week I got to catch up with a few of the Catholic causes that I’m fundraising for this Lent.
One is a religious order.
Another is a school.
Another is a lay apostolate.
The 4th is a Catholic entrepreneur.
Each of them has different goals (a few thousand to millions), but all want to run their appeal as CATHOLIC as possible. We talked all about what makes for a Lenten appeal that is both faith-based and successful.
Over the past few weeks leading up to Lent (yes, Lent starts next week), I’ve been sharing with you how saints, popes, and councils give us advice as Catholics on how to fundraise…
This week is no exception.
Let’s talk about Saint John Chrysostom.
His name in Greek means “golden-mouthed.” With a nickname as incredible as this, we know he’s wise.
In one of his homilies, Saint John discusses the 1st Letter to Corinthians which happens to be foundational in my approach to fundraising. Here’s what St John said that has helped me become an even better Catholic fundraiser.
About 8 years ago, I had my first major donor request. At the time, I had no idea how to ask for a large sum of money. I just wanted to help my diocese raise funds… never imagining awkward moments such as these.
At any rate, the donation request went well, and the donor generously said yes.
But the experience left a strong impression on me. I wanted to learn a better way to ask for large donations.
I wanted to learn a Catholic way.
Enter Saint Clement of Alexandria. He gave me the insight that I was looking for, and I want to share them with you.