Saint Bellarmine, Wealthy Donors, and Stewardship

Three ideas on how to fundraise from the life of Saint Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church

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.
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I’m always in search of ideas from the saints on how to fundraise. This past Tuesday, we celebrated the memorial of Saint Robert Bellarmine – Doctor of the Church.

I read a great biography on his life and discovered three incredibly helpful ideas on how to fundraise — so I wanted to share them with you.

This week’s article is all about what to do when wealthy people don’t donate and how to steward people’s donations (even if the pope gives you a gift!)

Check it out:

Saint Bernard’s advice to Catholics who fundraise

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux's "No Excuse" approach to raising funds

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.
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The end of August is upon us, which means it is officially Fundraising Season. A lot of people have given me excuses about why they are not planning, organizing, and launching a campaign in September. If you paused fundraising this summer, the time is NOW to get back on the saddle.

But don’t take my word for it.

Check out what Saint Bernard of Clairvaux says about making excuses for why there are no funds in your accounts. Check it out:

PS – the book that I refer to on Saint Bernard’s life can be found here. For more great books on saints, check out Traditional Catholic books.

Saint Anthony of Padua teaches how to fundraise

Biblical advice on fundraising from the book, The Moral Concordances of Saint Anthony of Padua

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.
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The world has changed a lot since Saint Anthony of Padua was preaching in the 13th century. Back then, you did not have the internet, email, websites, video, audio recordings… so asking for donations looked utterly different.

But there is something that hasn’t changed in 800 years, and that is keeping our appeals aligned with Scripture.

Saint Anthony of Padua wrote one of my favorite guides on how to connect fundraising with Scripture.

His book, ‘The Moral Concordances,’ offer you and me the perfect compass for navigating a campaign.

Check it out:

Saint Joseph, a model Catholic fundraiser

Three characteristics a Catholic fundraiser should adopt from Saint Joseph

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.
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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’:

Abraham Explains How to Fundraise

Three fundraising tips from Abraham and how he followed God

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.
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Last week, I offered a group of Catholics the opportunity to “ask-me-anything”…

Someone (whom I had never met) asked if I would fundraise for them and earn a commission from the proceeds. You can probably guess my answer.

What most people miss is that fundraising isn’t just about donations and grants.

There’s something much more important.

And if you want to find donors to support your mission, then I suggest you learn from Abraham. He learned to build the Kingdom of God, and Abraham starting with NOTHING. A daunting task, yes, but he did it.

Check out this week’s lesson: