How should Catholics use Artificial Intelligence to fundraise?

You’ve likely heard in the news about ChatGPT and Artificial Intelligence (AI). AI is performing tasks that typically require human intelligence, such as language processing, problem-solving, and decision-making.

So the question must be asked…

How can you use AI to fundraise?

Catholic non-profits and apostolates have long relied on traditional fundraising methods such as direct mail, phone calls, and events to raise money for their causes. However, with the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), there are new and innovative ways for Catholic non-profits and apostolates to reach potential donors and increase their fundraising efforts.

One way that Catholic non-profits and apostolates can use AI is through the use of chatbots. Chatbots are computer programs that can simulate conversations with human beings. You can use chatbots to engage with potential donors, answer their questions, and provide them with information about their cause. Chatbots can also be used to collect data on potential donors, such as their interests and giving history, which can be used to personalize future fundraising efforts.

Catholic monks preaching outside an Italian village in the style of a 16th-century painting. Image made with MidJourney AI Engine.

Another way that nonprofits can use AI is through predictive analytics. Predictive analytics uses data, statistical algorithms, and machine learning techniques to identify the likelihood of future outcomes based on historical data. Nonprofits can use predictive analytics to identify potential donors who are most likely to donate, as well as to determine the best time and method to reach out to those potential donors.

You can also use AI to write fundraising emails and appeal letters. This article you are reading was written with AI. You no longer have to start from scratch or hunt for examples. You no longer have to deal with writer’s block. You no longer need to pay a copywriter thousands of dollars to write for you. You simply tell the AI engine what you want, and within seconds, it provides you with what you need.

You can also use AI to produce images for your fundraising. The image on this page of Catholic monks preaching was made using the MidJourney AI Engine.

AI can also be used to improve the efficiency of fundraising campaigns. For example, nonprofits can use AI to automate sending out donation requests and reminders. This can free up staff time to focus on other important aspects of fundraising, such as building relationships with donors. An AI chatbot wrote 90% of this article you are reading.

Finally, AI can be used to personalize fundraising efforts. By analyzing data on potential donors, nonprofits can create personalized messages and fundraising campaigns that are tailored to the interests and preferences of each donor. This can help to increase the effectiveness of fundraising efforts and build stronger relationships with donors.

In conclusion, AI offers many opportunities for nonprofits to increase their fundraising efforts. By using chatbots, predictive analytics, automation, and personalization, Catholic non-profits and apostolates can reach new donors, improve the efficiency of their fundraising campaigns, and build stronger relationships with donors. As AI continues to evolve, nonprofits that embrace this technology will be better positioned to achieve their fundraising goals and make a greater impact on their causes.

If you want to learn more about how AI can help you fundraise, please get in touch with me by clicking 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.