3 Tips to Stop Struggling to Find Donors

My best recommendations for finding donors when you don't know where to look

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At some point with your fundraising – or you may have already experienced this – you will struggle to find donors.

Today is your lucky day. Because this article outlines exactly how you will never have to struggle again. In fact, in the next paragraphs, you will find ideas so good and practical that you can start applying them today and see immediate results.

When it comes to your Catholic nonprofit or cause, you simply don’t have the time to waste struggling to find donors, so let’s find your next 10 donors today.

First, I want you to take a step back and recognize that, even before you start looking for donors, you are probably juggling 100 other tasks that need to be done, plus another 100 hurdles getting in your way.

Your Fundraising Mid-Year Review

Whether you are behind, ahead, or on target, now is a great time to review your progress

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.

Hello, July! We’ve crossed the midyear point, and you may be saying, “Where has time gone?” Whether you are behind or ahead with your fundraising, now is the perfect time to review how you are doing.

I always pause and review where I am because I’ve got another 6 months to get back on track, stay the course, or raise the bar. I’ve learned that reviewing how I’ve done with fundraising is one of the best ways to guarantee that I will end the year on target.

Let me share with you what I do when it comes to reviewing the efforts I initiated during the first 6 months of my year.

Why email is the hottest trend in fundraising

More and more Catholic nonprofits are using email in their appeals

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Lately, I’ve been approached to review the email fundraising strategies of multiple Catholic organizations. This interest in email is a growing trend, and it’s become so important that I want to share a few thoughts with you on how to do it right the first time.

Why email is so popular with fundraising

Email is increasingly popular for three reasons: First, it’s much easier to get a person’s email address than a postal address or phone number. So it’s much easier to contact them – which is always “Step One” because, if you can’t reach someone, you can’t ask them.

Secondly, email is an excellent way to communicate with people. On average, people check their email three times a day. You may feel that email is a crowded space for getting your message heard, but it is much less crowded than social media, billboards and direct mail. Every appeals space may be flooded, but email still, unequivocally, proves best.

Catholic Entrepreneurship… is it a real thing?

How my wife broke free from a secular job to pursue her Catholic dream

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I want to introduce you to my wife, Meghan, and her passion to help Catholic women find their “dream fashion” look. In less than six months, she has quit her job at a fashion startup in San Francisco and started her own successful Catholic fashion styling firm.

Why is my wife’s story relevant to Catholic fundraising?

One of the most common questions I am asked is, “How can someone raise funds for their Catholic cause?” Case in point: My wife’s situation is no different than any Catholic looking to follow their passion and find financial stability.

WJAMI or ‘Would Jesus Accept My Invitation?’

4 Myths About Event Fundraising (and why you should never believe them)

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Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

I am bound to upset a few board members and directors with this article. For some reason, the majority of board members and directors of Catholic nonprofits think that an event is a great idea to raise funds. In fact, it’s the hallmark on their calendar, as if all roads lead to the big gala or dinner.

While big events may be fun, they’re also big mistakes and a terrible way to fundraise. In fact, you dig yourself deeper into a hole with every event that you organize.

I want you to know that I’m not the only fundraiser who thinks like this: Every fundraiser with a successful track record agrees that events aren’t good for fundraising. Check out this fantastic book, The Perfect Campaign by Schuyler Lehman. He is a veteran fundraiser with years of experience, and Schuyler shares my viewpoint because he and his team have found this to be true.

3 Tips to Stay on Track with Fundraising

An Interview on Guadalupe Catholic Radio

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Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

When I was recently back in Dallas, Texas, Dave Palmer, manager at Catholic radio station KATH 980, invited me back on his show to give his listeners an update on what’s happening in the world of Catholic fundraising.

Our conversation focused on three important lessons when it comes to fundraising within the Church.

While many Catholic nonprofits and missions spend most of their time on the ‘money side’ of fundraising, Dave and I agreed that, without the proper focus and determination, your fundraising will likely stagger and your cause won’t reach its full potential.

The 3 Tips to Stay on Track with Fundraising

Tip 1 – Be Patient: Patience is a virtue for a reason. We all agree that fundraising is challenging and therefore, you’ve got to be resilient and not give up. It takes time to get things going and find donors.

Uncovering the roots of stewardship in the Catholic Church

Book review of the fundraising classic, Grateful and Giving

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Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

Monsignor Thomas McGread, a priest in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is well known for his work across the United States in fundraising. He developed an approach called The Stewardship Model, which has helped parishes, dioceses, and national organizations (such as the United States Bishops Conference) raise millions of dollars. You could say he’s the #1 ranked priest in the United States when it comes to how to fundraise for the Catholic Church.

He’s been successful because he’s developed concepts and practices that make being good stewards a tangible reality. Thankfully for you and me, Deacon Donald R. McArdle, CEO of Catholic Stewardship Consultants, documented his approach in the book, Grateful and Giving. This book was written in conjunction with 

This book showcases parishes, dioceses, and national organizations that have been changed through strong and faithful stewardship programs.

I’d like to highlight for you some of the key steps in his program that can serve your fundraising, whatever its level, too.

Catholicism, Fundraising, Book Launches and Overcoming Struggles

Jennifer Fulwiler and I chat about her new book, Catholicism, fundraising, and even fashion

I got to sit down with Jennifer Fulwiler recently, and we talked about the struggles of using our God-given gifts while living in the world.

You can pick up a copy of Jennifer’s book, One Beautiful Dream, by clicking here. 

Ladies, you can check out my wife’s fashion blog, Meghan Ashley Styling, to help you get your dream look you’ve always wanted. (PS – Meghan is Jennifer’s personal stylist.)

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.

Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

 

Mother Teresa and the Art of the Ask

How Mother Teresa challenged me to be a better fundraiser

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Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

I am a Catholic who (oddly enough) dedicates his life to helping Catholic nonprofits, religious orders, schools, parishes, and apostolates raise funds.

Strange vocation, I know.

However, I’m not your typical fundraiser because I try as best as possible to fundraise the way the saints have done.

Yes, I know, that’s even stranger.

I also focus heavily on applying Church teaching – for example, Catholic Social Teaching and the Catechism – into everything I do.

In fact, when you scrub through my website, you’ll find article after article about how our different saints fundraised. To a name a few, I’ve written how Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Paul, Saint John the Almsgiver, a Franciscan friar living in South America, a parish priest, and even King David, chose to fundraise. I even tried to learn how Jesus approached the sensitive topic of asking for donations.

So when a friend asked me to review how Mother Teresa fundraised, he stumped me. After reading a few pages from the book, Conversations with Mother Teresa, I came across a serious problem.

Asking by the Rules: Canon 1262 and You

Following the Rules - Code of Canon Law and Fundraising

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.

Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

NOTICE: Have you checked to confirm that you’re allowed to run a fundraising campaign for your Catholic charity, religious order, cause, or parish?

Catholic bishops, particularly in the US, have strict guidelines about who can run a campaign. Meaning, you may have to stop before you even consider starting to fundraise.

When it comes to fundraising, we all want to follow the right protocol to make sure that people (especially bishops) understand that the money raised is going to a great cause.

Canon Law 1262 notifies Catholics that they are to give support to Catholic appeals; it also states how Catholic entities are allowed to ask for that support:

Can. 1262 – The faithful are to give support to the Church by responding to appeals and according to the norms issued by the conference of bishops.

However, this decree doesn’t apply to everyone. We all have come across causes that call themselves Catholic but, if you look carefully, they are, in fact, not. Rather, they use the label to attract the attention of Catholics but — intentionally or not — distort Church teaching and use the funds raised towards unorthodox views.