You likely read a lot of books and articles about what the Church teaches, but have you ever read this vital document?
The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church (softcover and digital copies available here)
Published in 2004 by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace at the request of John Paul II, this document presents a “complete overview of the fundamental framework of the doctrinal corpus of Catholic social teaching.”
I have scrubbed the document from cover to cover, and I found some helpful suggestions for… you guessed it! … Catholic Fundraisers.
With so much going on this summer, I thought these insights for the Pontifical Council will help you focus on finding more donors.
Check it out:
Today is the Memorial of Saint Benedict, and I was reviewing earlier this week Pope Benedict XVI‘s encyclical, Saved in Hope.
How does this connect with raising funds?
When we fundraise, we often use the word hope. “I hope this campaign works.” “I hope they say yes.” “I hope to find donors.”
On the surface, these phrases may seem reasonable to you. But there is an important takeaway when it comes to hope.
Pope Benedict tells us that hope, if not understood properly, can do more harm than good. This fact is especially true with fundraising, and he shares why. Check it out:
This week, I spent time learning about the life of Saint Joseph.
I came across an encyclical written by Pope Leo XIII about Joseph titled, QUAMQUAM PLURIES.
If my Latin is correct, this means, “However often,” right?
I couldn’t help spotting the connections between Saint Joseph’s life and the life of a fundraiser. At first glance, this may sound impossible; however, I think you will agree with my findings.
Check out this week’s fundraising ‘thought-piece’:
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.
Check out this week’s lesson:
You have likely heard of Saint Bernardine of Siena, a 15th century Franciscan. Pope Pius II called him a second Paul.
This past week, I read through the Life of Saint Bernardine and discovered he had a strange approach to fundraising.
As any Saint would do, he challenged my perspective and made me rethink my views on how to ask.
Here is what I learned from him: