Here’s a piece of advice for you, “Be careful not to shut down this summer.”
Many Catholic apostolates tend to see the summer as a downtime, especially when it comes to fundraising.
You may think this because most people are unavailable this time of the year, so why do any fundraising, right?
Now is the perfect time to attract new donors. Here are my three suggestions for what you should be doing this summer:
Every time someone finds me through my website, I immediately ask, what’s holding you back in your apostolate?
These past few weeks during the quarantine, I saw a couple of common themes. Inability to find donors. Unsure which type of fundraiser is the best. Lack of visibility to new prospects.
All of these can be real problems that hinder your progress… if you let them.
Fortunately, there’s a simple solution to all of them:
Three Catholic apostolates asked me questions this past week that I thought you’d find interesting.
Here are the 3 questions:
Question #1 – How do I compete for donations when there are so many other non-profits asking, there is a lack of generosity, and most fundraisers use scare tactics?
Question #2 – Where can I raise funds if I live in a poor community?
Question #3 – What to do when your leaders don’t want to try something new?
People have asked me these questions countless times over the years, so I thought to share my answers with you because you might be asking them too:
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.
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.
Everything is getting pretty crazy.
We have the coronavirus spreading around the world, lives are being disrupted, and with most public Masses being canceled, it seems the Church is coming to a screeching halt.
You don’t need me to give you those updates. But even with all this craziness (and maybe because of it), we still need fundraisers. We still need people who are looking to help apostolates serve, reach people, and proclaim the Good News.
Do not fear: I am with you; do not be anxious: I am your God. – Isaiah 41:10
The world needs you to remember that God is with us. Which means you need to keep showing up and staying focused on the tasks at hand.
That’s what this week’s discussion is about:
I pray that Saint Joseph keeps you safe during these events.