Post-Pandemic Fundraising Strategies for Catholic Apostolates

How Catholic Apostolates should consider to fundraise as we exit out of the Pandemic

Here’s another episode from my “What to do after the Pandemic” series. In other words: what are some of the biggest lessons learned during the past five months that will set up my success for the rest of the year.

I’m talking about ‘being smart’ with the ‘downtime’ you have right now.

Included, I’m sharing with you the BIG lesson I learned at the beginning of 2020. This one lesson – you could say – has set me up for the rest of the year.

That’s what this week’s video is all about…

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In the next few minutes, I’m going to share with you some fantastic (yes, fantastic) news about what’s going on with fundraising amongst all of this craziness that we’re experiencing with the pandemic. 

Hi, I’m Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, a website that’s completely dedicated to helping Catholics just like you with their fundraising. 

Now, today I’m going to be sharing with you three good pieces of news when it comes to everything that’s going on with the Covid 19 virus. I think it’s going to  be uplifting news to learn when it comes to running an apostate and trying to raise money because we are still in the season of Lent, whose pillars include praying, fasting and almsgiving 

Now, before we dive into my three pieces of good news with regards to Catholic fundraising, I want to make sure that you have downloaded — absolutely for free — The 10 Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. These are  10 tips that I really recommend you follow when you are fundraising in a Catholic context. They’ve helped me tremendously and they’re going to help you, the same way they’ve been helping thousands of other Catholics that have followed them. The link is below, whether you’re watching this on my podcast video or on my website. 

Okay, so we’re talking about the good news with respect to fundraising. Obviously, there’s a whole lot of other things going on with the virus that is more important. However, if you had been planning to do fundraising during this time, well, I do have some good news for you and these are three things that I hope will encourage you to continue your fundraising because it is still Lent. My assumption is that if you’re fundraising you’re already doing something fantastic, and now, God is asking you to do more with the resources you have, and that’s why you must keep fundraising. 

The first piece of good news is that Catholics are donating. Catholics are donating. So this whole thought process that we’re in a difficult situation, that people are in lockdown and now is not the time to ask, is mistaken. From what I’ve seen within the Catholic organizations that I’m helping, that thought process is not the case. The great thing about being Catholic is, when you hold dear the truths of our faith and have a strong prayer life, even in the face of adversity and evil we can rise to the occasion because, as Jesus has told us, we need not be afraid, and as Saint John Paul II told us, do not be discouraged. I’m finding that when it comes to fundraising Catholics are still donating. I’m seeing some pretty significant numbers coming out of the Catholic apostates that I’m helping. So first and foremost, don’t think that now is not a good time to fundraise. I see people that want to donate because they are being quarantined and they want to do something while being locked in their own homes. So they’re praying and they’re trying to think about what else they can do, and one of those things is supporting their Church. Because guess what? We still have to proclaim the Gospel and spread the Gospel even now! So that’s point number one 

Point number two is, if you’re asking the question, how did I get people to donate, then my suggestion is to look at how you present your appeals. Be positive, don’t be negative. And whatever you do, don’t say something like, well, you know, we’ve been really hit. We’re hurting. We need your support. It’s a difficult time for us. 

That’s not what people want to hear. Catholics want to hear how you will rise to a challenging occasion. That’s a testament to believing that, regardless of what happens, when Jesus says it, you know anything is possible with God. 

I’m thinking right now of how Jesus asked his apostles to go two-by-two with nothing. I think it was to show them how to exemplify that, even if you think you don’t have what’s necessary to do what you’re doing, you can still do it. So go out and do what your apostles were called to do. Share that with people and say, look, even though we might be quarantined, we’re still doing some fantastic things. So make sure that you’re positive, not dreary, not negative in your communications during these weeks. 

The third piece of news, and this both leads into and is connected to the second piece of news, is to make sure that you have a plan and you share that plan of what you’re doing. For example, all the public masses are currently closed. So, apart from just telling people, hey, there are no public masses and stay at home (which, unfortunately, is what we’re hearing a lot of), what you need to also do is share a positive response and let people know there is still a plan. We are still Catholic, and we still need to do something. So offer your community a plan by saying, for instance, here are the times that we’re going to host live stream Masses and a live stream Adoration. We’re going to livestream the Rosary. We’re staying connected. 

I’m seeing some fantastic Catholic efforts and prayers. One prayer, I think it was set in Portugal during the Black Plague, and this prayer was said every day and the plague did not hit their city. 

That’s a fantastic way of telling people, hey we’re in a difficult time. Let’s stay positive and here are some things that we can do to continue moving forward. So, those are three good pieces of news that I think you can find inspiration from. I know that people are donating, so be positive, have a plan amongst all of this chaos, and people are going to look to you and say, this is a great Catholic mission. I want to support them because they are going out and preaching the Gospel and doing God’s work even during the most difficult of times.

I hope you found this helpful. Share this with a friend. Share this within your Catholic community if you’d like. And please let me know how I can be of further help by leaving a comment or connecting with me on my website. God love you. Stay safe and I look forward to speaking with you again next week.

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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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