In the wake of the scandals which continue to plague the Catholic Church, I’ve been interviewed multiple times by news outlets asking the same question, “How will Catholics respond?” The question is focused on the aspect of financial giving. Yes, Catholics are most definitely considering how to take action. However, you and I both know that taking financial action – which is appropriate – is not the most important.
And yes… it’s the fundraiser saying this – money is not the most important action! You and I can respond in greater ways than reducing the amount we donate.
We should look at the Second Vatican Council on how to respond. One of the pillar documents, Apostolicam Actuositatem, was written by the Council Fathers and lays out the blueprint for what the laity must do, especially during a scandal.
I recently spoke with the manager of a Catholic conference that aims to educate, inspire and empower her community. While chatting, she asked me how to properly train herself — and her board — to fundraise.
Their goal was to get out of what had become a ‘slump’ in their fundraising.
I am often asked, “How do I get out of my slump?” When you feel God is nudging you to ‘up your game’, do you wonder how to respond? Does it sometimes feel like the right response is to raise more funds?
Saint Thomas of Aquinas was a master at finding the right answers to the tough questions. But before he answered a question, he made sure it was the right question being answered.
It feels pretty devastating when you put a lot of heart (not to mention time and money) into a new non-profit or mission, only to find out it’s not going to work the way you’d hoped because you can’t get the funding.
I’ve been in a similar situation. My first campaign failed. My second campaign failed. So did my third. It wasn’t until the 10th campaign that I started understanding what did and did not work. But getting to that point took a lot of heart, time, and money!
I’m guessing you want to bypass all that heartache and get to the heart of how to run campaigns that work, right?
Here are three steps you can take to assess if your campaign is likely to succeed or fail. Without going through all that pain.
This Friday, August 24th on Facebook Live, I will be discussing how to fundraise during a scandal. Thousands of Catholics are pulling their funding to dioceses and looking for alternative causes. Learn how they can find you and support your Catholic cause.
Already, Catholic causes and non-profits (just like yours!) that are faithful to Church teaching and doctrine are gaining the trust of hundreds of Catholics. Learn how you can replicate what they are doing.