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.
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:
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’:
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:
You have likely heard of Saint Bernardine of Siena, a 15th century Franciscan. Pope Pius II called him a second Paul.
This past week, I read through the Life of Saint Bernardine and discovered he had a strange approach to fundraising.
As any Saint would do, he challenged my perspective and made me rethink my views on how to ask.
Here is what I learned from him: