Step 1 – Do not directly ask for moneyThis sounds like the exact opposite of what to do, wouldn’t you agree? That’s what I thought, too! The priest decided not to ask his parishioners for donations for two reasons. First, he believed that people already gave what they could. People may not have as much extra money as we think they do. Secondly, after putting himself in their position, he asked himself the bigger question, “Why would I contribute more if I had the sense that nothing more was being done?” He believed that one of the biggest reasons people were not giving was because they didn’t think it would make a difference. The last thing anyone wants is to donate funds and see nothing happen… So the priest decided not to ask. Instead, he went on being the best parish priest that he could be, which meant focusing on the parish mission and help his flock become saints.
Step 2 – Limit (or eradicate) non-essential spendingContinuing along with the approach that people won’t give unless they think their donation will actually make a difference, the priest cut out all non-essential spending so his parishioners would see how their current contributions were not being wasted. In my experience, this is definitely a wise move. The Catholic causes that can demonstrate — not just talk about — how their funds are being used wisely will always raise the most funds. I reviewed a fantastic book, Grateful and Giving, by Monsignor Thomas McGread, a priest in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas which goes into even more detail on how parishes and Catholic non-profits should approach fundraising.
Monsignor Thomas McGread, a priest in the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, is well known for his work across the United States in fundraising. He developed an approach called The Stewardship Model, which has helped parishes, dioceses, and national organizations (such as the United States Bishops Conference) raise millions of dollars. You could say he’s the #1 ranked priest in the United States when it comes to how to fundraise for the Catholic Church. #Catholic #catholics #catholichurch #vatican #saint #pope #popefrancis #catholicmemes #catholicmom #sacredscripture #tridentinemass #holytrinity #lifeofacatholic #Catholicfaith #catholicfamily #jesus #FaithfulRomanCatholic #mothermary #catholicrosary #holyfamily #catholicfaith #catholiclife #saint #saints #sacredscripture #jesuschrist #rosary #catholicrosary