Fundraising ideas for the month of May

As you know, May is the month of Mary.

With fundraising, I describe May this way: “month of May, fundraisers go away.” Most apostolates stop asking for donations altogether. It’s like an extended holiday for their fundraisers because they don’t get back to work until October.

But you’ll be working hard this summer and fall to serve people, right?

So, additional funds would go a long way!

From my experience, while most apostolates forget about fundraising in May, you can have a lot of success this month. Here is what I recommend you do:

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Greetings, my fellow Catholics! Today, I’m going to give you three ideas on how to fundraise during the month of May, the month of Mary, so stick with me to the very end, because I think you’re going to like my third idea — it’s going to tie everything up together. 

Hi, I’m Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, the website for apostolates that is completely dedicated to helping Catholics — just like you — with their fundraising. So whether you’re starting out or well on your fundraising way, or if you’re looking for fresh ideas that can work in today’s digital age, or how to connect with people, especially with all of the changes we’ve faced over the past year, you’re in the right place. 

Before we dive into this month of May ideas that I have for you, I also want to make sure that you download my gift to you, The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. These are 10 lessons I’ve learned that have really helped me over the course of many, many years as a professional in this work. It’s my collection of things that have helped me, and that people have told me, that has really helped them. So I put all of these things together and synthesized them down to 10 things that I think every Catholic should be doing if they are fundraising or want to fundraise, or just double check that they are fundraising properly in the context of their Catholic faith. So please make sure that you click the link below for my gift to you, absolutely for free. 

Okay, it’s May. What are you doing with your fundraising? That’s the topic today and I’ve got three recommendations for you. Here they are:

Number one, first and foremost, don’t sit around and wait until the very end of the year to fundraise like too many Catholic apostolates. It’s obvious we have passed through Lent and the Easter season and, for it’s tempting as a Catholic apostolate to want to pause and say, we don’t want donor fatigue, we don’t want to bother anybody, we’ve got other things to do, so let’s just worry about this donations stuff later… 

My recommendation is, don’t take that route. If you’re looking for ideas on fundraising, jump over to Catholic Fundraiser where there are tons and tons of ideas and things that you can do. There’s probably some follow-up from your past campaigns that you need to complete, but whatever you do in the month of May, don’t just say, hey, this is not a fundraising month. Because it is a fundraising month. There’s always plenty to do. I’m sure there are a few things knocking on the back of your head saying, well I probably should be getting to this, but I haven’t yet. So number one, don’t just sit around.

Number two is, and all my notes here will be included on my website,CatholicFundraiser.net. Everything is there. As we get back to a sense of normalcy and you start meeting people again, invite them to stay connected. It’s really, really important that you get people’s contact information. It’s simple. Anyone can do it, it doesn’t take a lot of work. Just, when you’re meeting people, ask for their contact information. It is extremely important because if you don’t get people’s contact information, you’re never going to be able to ask for a donation. Later on, you’re never going to get to connect and keep up with what they’re doing and… also let them know what you’re doing. 

That leads us to point number three: It’s really important that you, especially in the month of May, build your community and keep your community informed. It’s important to understand that God is bringing people to you! This is a tough one for people to understand. For Catholic apostolates, people are more important than donations. I know I’m a fundraiser telling you this. But that is the actual fact. People are much more important than money because donations come from people! A lot of things (that you can’t put a “price” one) come just from people opening doors, from doors of opportunity beginning to open. You must understand this concept of building a community before you can build support. I see too many apostolates lamenting that they don’t have enough money or they don’t have enough donations. 

Usually, there’s a lack of donations as a result of not keeping up with the people that God sends our way, that we must keep informed. This goes back to my second point. God may not necessarily be sending you a lot of money, but He is sending you people to stay connected with, and that’s where you’ve got to do your part. 

God is bringing people to you and it’s up to you to get those people informed. The question really is (that you have to ask yourself), how can people make an informed decision to donate if you do not inform them? It’s really, really important. If you want people to donate, they have to understand what they’re donating to! Where their money is going, and how it’s going to be used. You can do a lot of this by staying connected with people and letting them know the basic information about your apostolate over the coming months. 

Hopefully, this video has been helpful. Please share this with an apostolate if you think they would find it beneficial. If you need help, just jump over to my website, CatholicFundraiser.net, where there’s a contact section and say, hey, let’s get in touch. I’d be happy to help God love you! Speak to you soon, bye!

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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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