Fundraising Workshop: How to raise money for your Catholic entity

Dear Reader,

Fundraising takes off when we focus on what matters most: mission and relationships.

In other words, God and people.

I recently gave a fundraising workshop at the Acton Institute in Rome, Italy to an attentive group of 22 individuals representing the diversity of the Catholic Church: Collegio Urbano, Zenit Media, Longbeard Creative, Chavara Institute of Inter-Religious Studies, Human Life International, missionaries, young priests, and Catholic entrepreneurs looking to start something new.

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To be effective and sustainable in fundraising means we have to focus our attention on the essentials and decide to operate in these 3 areas:

1. The challenges. We must understand that some of our work must focus on addressing the current climate. The Church has had plenty of ups and downs these past two decades. All the while, Church leaders and clergy are not trained to raise money for supporting their activities. Even more, the laity is not taught how money and giving fit into their daily lives. (you can read a primer on current trends for overcoming these difficulties)

2. The opportunities. We live in a world of boundless opportunities, thanks to the graces that God offers us every day. We just have to be wise enough to keep our eyes open. Once we recognize the opportunity we have with just one donor, we can multiply this opportunity by 1,000,000. (read my step-by-step guide on how to quickly increase your donors)

3. Our actions. Success in fundraising is dictated by our disciplined actions: what we do each day, the habits we develop, our approach to asking for money. Take no action, raise no funds. But if you take a consistent and balanced approach, soon you gain ample momentum to achieve your goals. (read more about how to carry out these actions)

These are some of the topics that I spoke about with the group during this fundraising workshop.

Here is the full video on these topics for you:

I hope you learn from them and move forward with your fundraising.

Stay blessed,

Brice

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You can follow along by accessing the presentation notes here.

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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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