Catholic Priest’s Advice on How to Start Fundraising

Church Money Book Review part 2

Last week, I shared with you the advice of a Catholic priest regarding the key facts every apostolate should know about fundraising.

Fr Michael is a Catholic priest in Baltimore and wrote a book titled Church Money: Rebuilding the Way We Fund Our Mission – Lessons from a Catholic Parish (Order through Ave Maria Press).

Today, I want to outline how Fr Michael recommends you START fundraising.

It’s great to learn what a priest has to say because he keeps you and me on the right path. Learn what this priest has to say:

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Transcript

Greetings, my fellow Catholics! Today, we are going to be reviewing a book on Catholic fundraising, from a Catholic parish, co-written by a Catholic priest. Specifically, we are going to be looking at where to start fundraising. This priest is going to tell us where to start and the book is Church Money. 

Now, before we dive in, a quick introduction… My name is Brice Sokolowski, and I’m the founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, the website completely dedicated to helping Catholics just like you with their fundraising. So whether you’re starting out on your first campaign, or you’re well on your way with your fundraising, you’ve come to the right place. 

Before we start, make sure you download absolutely for free my own guide, The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising, with 10 tips that I highly recommend doing with your own fundraising. My 10 Commandments of Catholic Fundraising lays out 10 lessons that have helped me tremendously, presented as an overview of what I’ve learned as the best of fundraising’s best practices. It’s been downloaded by thousands of Catholics. I’ve gotten some great feedback and constructive advice to make the guide even better, so make sure that you download — absolutely free — The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising.

Now, let’s continue with a review of the book, Church Money, by Father Michael White and Associate to the Pastor, Tom Corcoran. They run a parish in Baltimore, Maryland called the Church of Nativity. They are candid in saying there is nothing extravagant about where they live, they are not surrounded by millionaires, but they are still able to grow, year after year after year. This parish has figured out how to fundraise in a Catholic way, and that’s why I’m reviewing Church Money. 

In the first part, we looked at lessons learned and key facts that Catholics should know when starting to fundraise, or really, just to know the basics of fundraising. Today, we are going to be looking at where to start with your fundraising, and three tips, from this book, on where to start. 

Point number one that the authors of Church Money make is to understand the concept of equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. Now, I’m looking at my notes here, so you can also download the notes too, absolutely for free, from my website. So, back to equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. They refer to how the disciples determined that, according to ability, each should send relief to the brothers who lived in Judea. According to ability. The whole concept of everybody giving $5 or the proverbial “cost of a cup of coffee,” actually doesn’t work very well. They reference the apostles, and I agree with them that it’s according to ability. You can’t just say $5 applies to everyone or have just one giving choice. You really have to (and we’re going to lead up to this soon) engage with people directly. You have to try and find out what their ability is. You have to start with a dialogue. 

We’re going to get into that in my next podcast and vlog, about the whole concept of how you’re going to have to meet people and speak with them. But this whole concept of just saying, hey, can you give a cup of coffee a day, or $5, or $20 bucks doesn’t work on its own. Likewise, you can’t go into too much detail than say, whatever you can give… You have to balance your ask between the two. But the key point is equal sacrifice, not equal gifts. Very important. 

Number two on where to start fundraising is to lead with your own giving. You must go first (I’m quoting them). When it comes to giving, you must go first. Leaders have to give first. In my experience, board members should be donating, as should anyone else with a position of authority. Everybody’s got to be giving. You cannot ask others to give if you’re not giving. You have got to lead with your own giving. The classic line is sacrificial giving: You’ve got to lead with giving. 

The third point, on where to start with your fundraising, I can’t stress enough. You’ve got to follow a plan to learn how to fundraise. That’s why Father White and Tom wrote this book. That’s why I wrote my 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising, that’s why I have my website, CatholicFundraiser.net, and it’s why I have my apostolate. Because you can’t do this stuff alone. 

So where do you start with fundraising? You’ve got to start with a plan that works. Now, I will be getting into the plan and what exactly it entails over the next few minutes. Yes, it’s difficult and probably a little overwhelming, but understand this:  You can’t just guess at what will work, You can’t just say, well, we’ll worry about that later. That’s just not how fundraising works. You have to have a plan, you have to be committed, you have to stay disciplined. I just can’t stress that enough.

So I hope you have found this review helpful. Please share this with an apostolate that would benefit from these tips. If you need any help, reach out to me. God love you and I look forward to speaking with you in our next video podcasts and vlogs. Whatever format you use to follow this information, God bless! Speak to you soon.

Want to fundraise more for your Catholic apostolate?

Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandments 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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Brice was born and raised Catholic. After enjoying a successful career in technology consulting with Accenture and PriceWaterhouseCoopers in cities across the United States (Dallas, San Francisco, Paris, Abu Dhabi, and London) around the world, he left it to help his Catholic diocese in London, England with a fundraising campaign. The campaign went on to raise over $60 million, the largest sum ever raised for the diocese and in the United Kingdom.

Learning from professional fundraisers, he figured out the basics and then left the diocese to focus on what he loves most: building Catholic charities that change the culture, save lives, and save souls.

Brice currently lives in Texas and travels the world helping Catholics fundraise. This website is where he shares what he is doing and how he is raising funds for Catholic causes and missions. That way you can move more quickly with your next appeal.

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