Saint Bellarmine, Wealthy Donors, and Stewardship

Three ideas on how to fundraise from the life of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church

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’m always in search of ideas from the saints on how to fundraise. This past Tuesday, we celebrated the memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine – Doctor of the Church.

I read a great biography on his life and discovered three incredibly helpful ideas on how to fundraise — so I wanted to share them with you.

This week’s article is all about what to do when wealthy people don’t donate and how to steward people’s donations (even if the pope gives you a gift!)

Check it out:

Saint John Paul II gives 3 fundraising tips for Catholics

Three practical recommendations from Saint Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation, Christifideles Laici

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 might sound a little oversimplistic, but I have a simple solution to almost every fundraising problem.

And what I’ve noticed is that many of the most successful Catholic non-profits have this same solution to all their problems.

Are you ready for it?

Learn what the saints and popes did.

Today, I want to turn your attention to Saint John Paul II. He wrote a fantastic Apostolic Exhortation titled, CHRISTIFIDELES LAICI. In this document, John Paul II offers three powerful ideas on how to improve your fundraising.

See for yourself:

Saint Bernard’s advice to Catholics who fundraise

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux's "No Excuse" approach to raising funds

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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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.

Saint Anthony of Padua teaches how to fundraise

Biblical advice on fundraising from the book, The Moral Concordances of Saint Anthony of Padua

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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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:

What Catholic Social Doctrine says about Fundraising

Three recommendations about how to fundraise from the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church

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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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: