The end of August is upon us, which means it is officially Fundraising Season. A lot of people have given me excuses about why they are not planning, organizing, and launching a campaign in September. If you paused fundraising this summer, the time is NOW to get back on the saddle.
But don’t take my word for it.
Check out what Saint Bernard of Clairvaux says about making excuses for why there are no funds in your accounts. Check it out:
PS – the book that I refer to on Saint Bernard’s life can be found here. For more great books on saints, check out Traditional Catholic books.
The world has changed a lot since Saint Anthony of Padua was preaching in the 13th century. Back then, you did not have the internet, email, websites, video, audio recordings… so asking for donations looked utterly different.
But there is something that hasn’t changed in 800 years, and that is keeping our appeals aligned with Scripture.
Saint Anthony of Padua wrote one of my favorite guides on how to connect fundraising with Scripture.
His book, ‘The Moral Concordances,’ offer you and me the perfect compass for navigating a campaign.
Check it out:
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: