Pope Leo XIII teaches fundraising

3 tips from on how to raise funds from the Encyclical, Longinqua

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment 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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It’s funny how people talk about their favorite popes. A lot of Catholic non-profits/causes love telling people, “You’ve got to read about this pope!”

And that’s true…

but the most successful Catholic non-profits/causes know that to grow your fundraising, sometimes you need to put a pope’s insight into practice.

Pope Leo XIII happens to be one of my favorites. One of his lesser know encyclicals, Longinqua, gives some fantastic advice on how to find donors.

Learn them here:

Matthew 7:7 – The Lenten Appeal Blueprint

How to make your next Lenten Appeal more Catholic

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

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.

Surprisingly, the ‘secret’ formula can be found in Matthew’s Gospel, chapter 7.

Check it out:

St John Chrysostom teaches fundraising

Practical steps to raise funds from St John's homily on 1st Corinthians

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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.

Vatican II’s Three Principles of Fundraising

Insights from the Council Father's Decree Apostolicam Actuositatem

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment 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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I have an interesting question for you…

“Did Vatican II offer ideas on how to fundraise?”

The short answer is, yes. The Council Father’s wrote an excellent document titled, APOSTOLICAM ACTUOSITATEM.

This document offers insight on three essential areas of fundraising:

– the role of funds in your mission
– how God’s plan links with your funding plan
– how to achieve “maximum effectiveness” with fundraising

Yep, once again, our rich Catholic heritage offers you and me everything we need to be successful fundraisers.

Check it all out in this week’s article, Vatican II… the 3 principles of fundraising

Saint Clement of Alexandria teaches Major Donor Fundraising

3 Tips from Saint Clement's letter, "Who is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?"

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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.