Fundraising in Times of Uncertainty

3 steps Catholic apostolates can take to fundraise in times of uncertainty

Uncertainty seems to be around every corner this year.

The pandemic, then the lockdowns, then the suspension of public Masses, then a second wave of panic and lockdowns, and now the confusion around the US election.

Among all of this chaos, is it possible to fundraise?

All of this uncertainty can keep you stuck, especially if you’re worried about making the “right” decision.

I won’t claim to have all the answers (no one does), but I can say this: every campaign I’ve successfully run in the last ten years is because I took these three steps.

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Today, we’re going to be discussing how to fundraise in times of uncertainty.  now, as I’m shooting this podcast vlog, there’s uncertainty in our elections. There’s uncertainty with our health. With the pandemic. There’s just a lot of uncertainty. So I’m going to share my advice on what you can do to continue fundraising because I think you can and I have three tips that I think you should definitely consider. 

Now, before we dive in, a quick introduction… 

My name is Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, the website dedicated to helping Catholics with their fundraising. Whether we are in economically smooth times, difficult times, at the end of the year, or the beginning, my success has been in helping Catholics with their fundraising. 

Now, before we dive into my three tips, I want to be sure that you also get my guide, The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. It’s a free guide, outlining the 10 steps that I recommend every Catholic apostolate should be doing. Whether you’re an apostolate, religious order, school, parish diocese, or pro-life organization, this guide outlines steps that I think you should always be considering when doing your fundraising. Just download the guide through my link below. 

Okay now, in times of uncertainty, can you fundraise? Absolutely. There is always something to do if you’re looking to fundraise and these are my three tips for raising support in times of uncertainty. We don’t know what’s going on, but you know, you want to do it. And I think you should. 

My first recommendation is to simply get organized. Make a list of what you know, and make a list of what you don’t know. I say this because a lot of people just look at what they don’t have. Look at what you know what you have, what you don’t have, and what you don’t know. Just take stock of what God has already given you. That’s the key. Step number one is to know what talents God has given you. Maybe there’s something that God has given you and step number one is to make sure that you understand what it is that He has given you. And, of course, what it is that you are lacking (and seek His help).  Start by figuring out, what is it that God has given you today? That’s my first point. 

Point number two is to take action. Take action in times of uncertainty. People are looking for leaders. People are looking for hope and possibility, and that’s when you need to proclaim the Gospel most –  during difficult times. That’s what people are looking for, a Gospel message in times of uncertainty. They’re looking for confidence in your fundraising, too. People need to know someone is just barreling through whatever uncertainty they are feeling, and to know someone is doing what they said they would.

So lead. Use your talents. If you don’t think you have the gift of talent, then look to the gift of your many donors, etc. It’s actually better that way, to be humble about your gifts because then you are dependent on God. I believe I’m paraphrasing now, but essentially, Jesus says that in your weakness you will find His strength. When you feel you’re down and out, that’s when you’re really going to shine. So my second piece of encouragement to you is, I want you to take action. Started thinking about definitely making a campaign. You can definitely make a campaign. 

My third piece of advice today is,  be prepared to make adjustments. It’s not about getting things right. In the beginning, it’s about learning, adapting, and improving as you go along. I believe it was G. K. Chesterton, who said, if we wait until everything is perfect, we will never get anything done. So as a Catholic, as someone who’s looking to fundraise, just take that action, find out who already is a donor or who you already connected with, and just ask them. And as that feedback comes back to you, whether they say no or maybe or yes, listen to them and ask yourself,  what can I do better the next time? Always try and figure out how can you improve, 

So those are my three recommendations for how to fundraise in times of uncertainty. I hope these have been helpful. Share this with a friend. If you have any questions, definitely reach out to me. You can visit my website, CatholicFundraiser.net, and send me an email. May God love you, and I look forward to seeing or speaking with you in my next video podcast vlog here on the wonderful Internet! God bless!

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Make sure to get your free copy of ‘The 10 Commandment 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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