A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about one of the biggest hurdles Catholics have when it comes to fundraising.
This hurdle is likely holding you back, too…
It’s the lack of confidence to ask for donations.
Well… it’s your lucky day because a wonderful Catholic priest wrote a book called, “The Book of Confidence.” (pdf format/print copy)
Fr. Raymond Thomas de Saint-Laurent – a French priest born in the 19th century – gives you and me exactly what we need when it comes to asking for donations. Check it out:
Before the week starts, I spend a moment looking for which saint, pope, church document can help me become a better fundraiser.
Call it “monk mode.”
Basically, I hunker down and try to get my thinking straight, so I’m ready to be looking for donors and asking them for donations.
This week, I came across Saint Francis de Sales and his incredible book, Introduction to the Devout Life. (digital version / print version)
You’d be surprised… he has a section on money and asking for donations! Check it out:
I completed a Masters in Theology a few years ago, and my thesis analyzed Saint Alphonsus de Liguori’s connection between the sacraments of Communion and Confession.
All that research led me to one of Saint Alphonsus’ greatest works, Uniformity with God’s Will.
If you don’t have a copy or read it yet, I highly recommend doing so. (digital version / print version)
Anyway, in this masterpiece, I found three pieces of advice on… drum roll…
Yes, this Doctor of the Church has wisdom for us when it comes to asking for donations. Check it out:
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:
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: