Among all of this chaos – people sick and dying, populations quarantined, jobs lost, and churches closed, you might be asking, “How – and when – will we overcome all of this?”
If you lead a Catholic apostolate, you might be wondering, “Will people still donate this Lent?”
I’m writing this email in hopes that you continue with your Lenten fundraising.
Why do I say this?
When faced with challenges, Catholics don’t hide. They rise, and they take action.
“For God, all things are possible.” – Matthew 19:26
Many Catholic apostolates that I work with are experiencing record donation levels these past weeks. One even increased donations by 50%.
Please check out this week’s video to learn how all of this is happening:
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and we are now in the season of Lent.
During Lent, Catholics are asked to focus on “almsgiving,” which means donating money or goods and performing other acts of charity.
As one of the three pillars of Lenten practice, almsgiving is “a witness to fraternal charity” and “a work of justice pleasing to God.” (
Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2462).
If you are thinking of running a campaign or appeal this Lent, I want to share with you me three best tips on how to do so.
What’s the fastest way to hit your fundraising goal?
Usually, the super-successful fundraisers focus their attention on doing two or three tasks exceptionally well.
I call these tasks ‘time savers’ because they get you from $0 to $$$,$$$ in record time.
You likely have 100 responsibilities, therefore getting your fundraising done quickly is a priority.
Here are my top 3 Time Savers for Fundraising.
As you know, Tuesday, December 3 is #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving encouraging people to donate to their favorite non-profits.
Why is this day so important for you and your Catholic apostolate? It is one of those rare days that you can ask for donations on social media and get a very positive response.
Therefore, I highly recommend you run a Facebook fundraising campaign.
But that is not the best reason for running a #GivingTuesday campaign on the social media platform. Facebook will charge you 0% for processing donations and
… drum roll…
Facebook will match up to $100,000 in donations.
I have provided you a step by step guide that outlines everything you need to do. Check it out here:
How to Launch Your Facebook #GivingTuesday Fundraiser
I recently spoke with the manager of a Catholic conference that aims to educate, inspire and empower her community. While chatting, she asked me how to properly train herself — and her board — to fundraise.
Their goal was to get out of what had become a ‘slump’ in their fundraising.
I am often asked,
“How do I get out of my slump?” When you feel God is nudging you to ‘up your game’, do you wonder how to respond? Does it sometimes feel like the right response is to raise more funds?
Saint Thomas of Aquinas was a master at finding the right answers to the tough questions. But before he answered a question, he made sure it was the right question being answered.