How to balance Mission and Fundraising (reflections in a Texas Freeze and Blackout)

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As you’ve heard, Texas is experiencing unprecedented freezing weather and power outages. Like many of my fellow Texans, I’ve been without water or electricity – sometimes days.

Praise be to God; my family was prepared for these events.

With that said, assisting neighbors has been the silver lining during these trials.

Serving people reminds us why we are Catholic.

I am confident that helping people is why you launched your apostolate.

But when you fundraise, you naturally have to focus on your apostolate’s needs rather than your neighbor’s.

So, where is the balance between focusing on your needs (organizing fundraising campaigns to do MORE with your apostolate) and staying glued to your mission (serving others as Christ wants you)?

Here is my suggestion of where that balance should be:

NOTICE – IF YOU ARE BASED IN AUSTIN TEXAS AND NEED ASSISTANCE, I AM HAPPY TO HELP.

PLEASE EMAIL ME AT BRICE @ CATHOLICFUNDRAISER.NET.

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How to Convince Someone to Donate – A Practical Process for Convincing People to Donate to Your Catholic Apostolate

How to Get Donors – A Faith-based Fundraising Strategy in 3 Steps

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Today, my fellow Catholics, we are going to be looking at how to balance fundraising with your mission. When should you fundraise and how do you make sure that it doesn’t distract you from your mission? I’m going to give you three tips, so stick with me until the very end of this video. You’re going to find these very insightful.

Hi, I’m Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, the website that is completely dedicated to helping Catholics with their fundraising. So whether you’re starting out or you’re an expert and you’re just looking possibly for some new ideas, I think you’re going to get a lot out of the next few minutes. So stick with me. There’s a lot of great content coming up on how to balance your fundraising.

Now, before we begin, I want to give you a free gift. It’s The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. The link is right below. Ten things that I have found to be the most helpful when it comes to fundraising., Things that will help you stay focused on your mission, and get you the best results in the shortest amount of time, and it’s just one of the best ways of getting up-to-date with your fundraising. Whether you are starting out, or you want to make sure that you’re not missing something, or that you’re in tune with what will really work, download The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising.

Okay, let’s dive into our topic: how to balance fundraising with your mission. The reason I’ve picked this topic is… I’m actually shooting this during the February ‘Texas Blackout.’ So you’re watching this when I’ve had the chance to upload it. I’m wearing a jacket because, well, we’ve been without electricity for many hours, without water for even more hours and still, we’re not out of it. But it got me thinking, what really is essential to living? And then, it made me think about, what’s essential when it comes to an apostolate? Especially with fundraising. Because I get asked this a lot. How do I fundraise and not get distracted?

So, in light of everything that’s going on, I wanted to put all this stuff on paper and share it with you: my three tips on how to balance fundraising with your mission, so you don’t get distracted from the essentials and you stay focused on what you really want to do with — and for — your apostolate.

So point number one is to ask yourself the question, do you really need to fundraise? You might have everything that you already need in front of you. Kind of like what’s been happening right now to us: I’ve actually uncovered that I have a lot of what I need already. I didn’t need as much as I expected. And the things that I might have needed? I could get, thankfully, from friends, neighbors, etc. So then you start to figure out, what do you have? With our neighbors, there’s been no exchange of money. We’ve worked out everything that we need. So, point number one is to just ask yourself, do you really need to fundraise? Or do you have all the resources around you to do what it is that you want to do? We live in the 21st century, we have the internet, and a lot of free tools (that you can find listed on my website). You can use these free tools to help get your fundraising organized, to reach out to people, to tell your story. So my first tip is, ask yourself, do you really need to fundraise?

My second point is, make a plan and take action. Don’t wait for Lent or Advent. The best time to launch any campaign is immediately and it’s easier than you think. Don’t wait or say you are going to do this later. Get ready right now. Don’t overcomplicate things. It’s usually much easier than you think! It’s often better not to wait until Lent and Advent because that’s usually when people are running campaigns (you can probably run a more effective campaign outside of Lent and Advent than you think). That’s my second point.

And then point number three is… listen to experts. Obviously, you’re here. You’re watching this. You’re listening. This is fantastic. Don’t try and fundraise alone. Don’t risk making small mistakes that could have serious consequences. Just like these outages here in Texas, people aren’t listening to the experts, and they’re making some serious mistakes. All the little things that can have a significant impact on your home and wellbeing kind of relates to fundraising. You’re likely to make small mistakes that have serious consequences, that could drive donors away if you don’t know what to say or how to say it.

You’re also going to be wasting a lot of time doing things that aren’t going to bear a lot of fruit. A lot of people have an image of what they think fundraising is, and then, when they go out and do it, they spend tons of time (and energy) on their fundraising campaign and, when they don’t raise a lot of money, it just drains them and they get really tired and feel like nothing is going to work. So you could say, when morale goes down, fundraising gets pushed to the side, and then… it’s a whole snowball effect where, in discouragement, they just avoid fundraising and feel like it just doesn’t work.

So with that said, I hope you have found this helpful. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. Reach out to this expert! And please share this with a friend and let me know how I can help with your fundraising. May God love you and I look forward to speaking with you very soon. Bye!

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Brice was born and raised Catholic. After enjoying a successful career in technology consulting with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in cities across the United States (Dallas, San Francisco, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and London) around the world, he left it to help his Catholic diocese in London, England with a fundraising campaign. The campaign went on to raise over $60 million, the largest sum ever raised for the diocese and in the United Kingdom.

Learning from professional fundraisers, he figured out the basics and then left the diocese to focus on what he loves most: building Catholic charities that change the culture, save lives, and save souls.

Brice currently lives in Texas and travels the world helping Catholics fundraise. This website is where he shares what he is doing and how he is raising funds for Catholic causes and missions. That way you can move more quickly with your next appeal.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic. Mother Mary and Saint Joseph, protect us as we announce the good news of God's beloved Son, Jesus Christ.