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:
There are many things to consider when fundraising.
Sometimes I’ll spend hours, even days, fine-tuning a letter to prospects or brainstorming ideas for campaigns.
That stuff is important.
But there’s a fine line between allowing yourself to get lost in the details versus moving your Catholic mission forward.
Enter Saint Augustine of Hippo.
He had LOADS of responsibilities, some included fundraising. He knew that it had to get done, but he also knew not to overthink it.
Today, I recommend you learn three ways Saint Augustine managed his fundraising which come from St. Possidius‘s biography, Life of Saint Augustine.