Saint Clement of Alexandria teaches Major Donor Fundraising

3 Tips from Saint Clement's letter, "Who is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved?"

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About 8 years ago, I had my first major donor request. At the time, I had no idea how to ask for a large sum of money. I just wanted to help my diocese raise funds… never imagining awkward moments such as these.

At any rate, the donation request went well, and the donor generously said yes.

But the experience left a strong impression on me. I wanted to learn a better way to ask for large donations.

I wanted to learn a Catholic way.

Enter Saint Clement of Alexandria. He gave me the insight that I was looking for, and I want to share them with you.

A Cistercian’s Advice on Asking for Donations

Abbot Jean-Baptiste Chautard's recommendations from his spiritual classic novel, the Soul of the Apostolate

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I’m reading Abbot Jean-Baptiste Chautard, OCSO‘s classic book on the interior life, the Soul of the Apostolate.

This book is so good that it has been given the thumbs up by three popes: Pope Pius X (had a copy on his nightstand), Benedict XV (wrote a foreword for it), and Benedict XVI (cited it during his visit to Lourdes in 2008).

As a fundraiser, Dom Chautard’s guidance is priceless because he offers recommendations for being a “soldier of Christ” who takes “zealous action.”

Cistercians, like you and me, had to fundraise.

Here are three recommendations I have learned from Dom Chautard on fundraising correctly as a Catholic.

Saint Benedict’s 3 Tools of Fundraising

Applying the Rules of Saint Benedict to 21st Century Evangelization

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How much do you organize your day to day based on a saint’s life?

I’m not talking about when you pray at Mass, Adoration, or in your room… I’m talking about what to do in all those other moments in life… the day to day stuff… like asking people for donations.

Do you follow your gut?

Do you let things happen as they may?

Do you phone a friend?

None of these choices are necessarily wrong, but they could be the difference between getting that next big donation (and moving your mission forward) and missing it —> which then leads to frustration and feeling like you can’t help more people.

This past week, I picked up The Rule of Saint Benedict, and here is what he taught me about fundraising. Take a look:

3 Tips to Stop Struggling to Find Donors

My best recommendations for finding donors when you don't know where to look

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.

At some point with your fundraising – or you may have already experienced this – you will struggle to find donors.

Today is your lucky day. Because this article outlines exactly how you will never have to struggle again. In fact, in the next paragraphs, you will find ideas so good and practical that you can start applying them today and see immediate results.

When it comes to your Catholic nonprofit or cause, you simply don’t have the time to waste struggling to find donors, so let’s find your next 10 donors today.

First, I want you to take a step back and recognize that, even before you start looking for donors, you are probably juggling 100 other tasks that need to be done, plus another 100 hurdles getting in your way.

Mother Teresa and the Art of the Ask

How Mother Teresa challenged me to be a better fundraiser

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Brice Sokolowski Catholic Fundraiser

I am a Catholic who (oddly enough) dedicates his life to helping Catholic nonprofits, religious orders, schools, parishes, and apostolates raise funds.

Strange vocation, I know.

However, I’m not your typical fundraiser because I try as best as possible to fundraise the way the saints have done.

Yes, I know, that’s even stranger.

I also focus heavily on applying Church teaching – for example, Catholic Social Teaching and the Catechism – into everything I do.

In fact, when you scrub through my website, you’ll find article after article about how our different saints fundraised. To a name a few, I’ve written how Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Saint Paul, Saint John the Almsgiver, a Franciscan friar living in South America, a parish priest, and even King David, chose to fundraise. I even tried to learn how Jesus approached the sensitive topic of asking for donations.

So when a friend asked me to review how Mother Teresa fundraised, he stumped me. After reading a few pages from the book, Conversations with Mother Teresa, I came across a serious problem.