Post-Pandemic Fundraising Strategies for Catholic Apostolates

How Catholic Apostolates should consider to fundraise as we exit out of the Pandemic

Here’s another episode from my “What to do after the Pandemic” series. In other words: what are some of the biggest lessons learned during the past five months that will set up my success for the rest of the year.

I’m talking about ‘being smart’ with the ‘downtime’ you have right now.

Included, I’m sharing with you the BIG lesson I learned at the beginning of 2020. This one lesson – you could say – has set me up for the rest of the year.

That’s what this week’s video is all about…

3 Ways Coronavirus has changed Catholic Fundraising

Fundraising has changed because of the coronavirus, and I want to share with you what I've learned

Happy feast of Saint Matthias, the Apostle. As you know, it’s the month of May (the month of Mary), and we are five months – nearly halfway – into the year.

During these 134 days, the coronavirus likely sideswiped your fundraising.

Mine too.

I had to pivot a lot of my campaigns and move on to Plan B by using virtual methods.

But after running a few “virtual” campaigns, there’s a lot to like about these campaigns! Fundraising has changed because of the coronavirus, and I want to share with you what I’ve learned.

That’s what this week’s lesson is all about:

Lost Donations during the Crisis? Here’s how to recover lost funds

3 Tips to Recover Donors during the Crisis

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.

So in case you missed it, these past few weeks, I’ve been offering recommendations for how to fundraising during the COVID-19 crisis.

Saint John Paul II’s advice to Catholic Apostolates during a Global Pandemic

The Face of Generosity during a Pandemic

How to fundraise during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The biggest takeaway is to continue forward with your fundraising. Even among all of this chaos, people are generously giving.

The adage is true: When you ask, people say yes.

However…

If you’ve lost some donors these past weeks, don’t worry!

Now is the time to get them back. If you want to know what I’m doing to recover donations, now is time time to check out this week’s article.

PS – here is the link to the document I reference from SBA.gov

Please visit the SBA website for more information.

Also, I recommend visiting the website of the bank that you use. Your bank will provide you the step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a forgivable Payment Protection Program loan.

Saint John Paul II’s advice to Catholic Apostolates during a Global Pandemic

Reviewing Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the importance of technology to Catholic Apostolates

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.

I think we are starting to get used to our “new normal “… or at least it feels that way to me.

Don’t get me wrong – there’s still plenty of challenges, twists, turns, and bad news coming.

But you shouldn’t take this journey alone.

With new challenges come new opportunities. Saint John Paul II taught us this in his Apostolic Letter, The Rapid Development. He recognized that technology would help Catholic apostolates fulfill their missions.

He says, ‘Do not be afraid of new technologies! These rank “among the marvelous things.”‘

We’ve seen technology help do this in these past weeks; Livestream Masses and Adoration, online education, virtual retreats, and online donation requests.

What can Saint John Paul II teach you about the rapid development of technology and how it can help your Catholic apostolate?

That is what’s this week’s discussion is all about:

The future of Catholicism and your Lenten appeal

The Face of Generosity during a Pandemic

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.

Among all of this chaos – people sick and dying, populations quarantined, jobs lost, and churches closed, you might be asking, “How – and when – will we overcome all of this?”

If you lead a Catholic apostolate, you might be wondering, “Will people still donate this Lent?”

I’m writing this email in hopes that you continue with your Lenten fundraising.

Why do I say this?

When faced with challenges, Catholics don’t hide. They rise, and they take action.

“For God, all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26

Many Catholic apostolates that I work with are experiencing record donation levels these past weeks. One even increased donations by 50%.

Please check out this week’s video to learn how all of this is happening: