Today is the Memorial of Saint Benedict, and I was reviewing earlier this week Pope Benedict XVI‘s encyclical, Saved in Hope.
How does this connect with raising funds?
When we fundraise, we often use the word hope. “I hope this campaign works.” “I hope they say yes.” “I hope to find donors.”
On the surface, these phrases may seem reasonable to you. But there is an important takeaway when it comes to hope.
Pope Benedict tells us that hope, if not understood properly, can do more harm than good. This fact is especially true with fundraising, and he shares why. Check it out:
This week, I spent time learning about the life of Saint Joseph.
I came across an encyclical written by Pope Leo XIII about Joseph titled, QUAMQUAM PLURIES.
If my Latin is correct, this means, “However often,” right?
I couldn’t help spotting the connections between Saint Joseph’s life and the life of a fundraiser. At first glance, this may sound impossible; however, I think you will agree with my findings.
Check out this week’s fundraising ‘thought-piece’:
It’s funny how people talk about their favorite popes. A lot of Catholic non-profits/causes love telling people, “You’ve got to read about this pope!”
And that’s true…
but the most successful Catholic non-profits/causes know that to grow your fundraising, sometimes you need to put a pope’s insight into practice.
Pope Leo XIII happens to be one of my favorites. One of his lesser know encyclicals, Longinqua, gives some fantastic advice on how to find donors.
Learn them here:
When CatholicFundraiser.net launched in 2016, the focus was to take a CATHOLIC approach on how to ask for donations.
Here we are three years later, and I am talking to you about Pope Benedict XV…
Benedict XV left us a treasure chest of letters, homilies, bulls, and encyclicals on how to grow in holiness. And… yes, how to also fundraise properly.
So here’s some insight that I’ve learned from his Encyclical Sacra Propediem:
I’m a big believer in learning from the experts… I even tell my team that it’s all about learning from the best.
Who are these experts? They are the heroes of the Catholic Church. Take for example Saint Pope Pius X, who led the Church in the early 20th century.
In his encyclical, IL FERMO PROPOSITO, he offers us a blueprint for taking action. He explains that an apostolate must “enlarge its sphere and multiply its results.”
Often, this requires you to fundraise… and that’s what this week’s blog is all about.
Check it out: