You’ve likely asked yourself one of the following questions:
“How do I ask for a donation?”
“Who should I ask?”
“When should I run a campaign?”
“What are the best strategies to use?”
If you are reading this email, then you’ve either asked these questions or similar ones.
Today, I want to share with you three ways you can get help with your fundraising. It’s best not to guess what works best. Instead, I recommend you take these easy steps to help you:
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Greetings, my fellow Catholics! Today, we are going to be talking about where you should look to find really good help with your fundraising. Who can you go to, help you raise more funds? To find more donors? That is the topic today. Stick with me because I think you’re going to like the last point in particular, which wraps everything up.
So before we dig in, a quick introduction. I am Brice Sokolowski, founder of CatholicFundraiser.net, a website completely dedicated to helping Catholics and apostolates — just like yours — with their fundraising. So whether you’re starting out or you’re just looking for some fresh ideas, I think you’re going to get a lot of benefit out of today’s topic, because sometimes, we can all feel a little alone when it comes to doing this… What should I do? What’s the next step for me?
So that’s what we’re going to dive into today.
Before we dive in, just make sure that you have downloaded — absolutely for free — my Ten Commandments to Catholic Fundraising. This is the guide that I have written (with the help and feedback of a lot of other Catholics. It’s been downloaded tens of thousands of times for its good input and it has helped a lot of people, a lot of apostolates and I think it’s going to help you.
So let’s dive into the topic of today. I’ve got my notes and I’m going to make sure that they’re loaded up on my website so if you want to have a transcript of everything, it’s going to be included.
Okay, where do you go when looking for help.
The first place that I recommend that you turn to (you’re already going to know this) is to pray for assistance. God is never going to hang you out to dry.
Through prayer, you can make sure of two things. Number one, that God wants you to pursue this direction. Make sure He wants you to actually fundraise and secondly, if you think the answer is yes, well then, roll up your sleeves. God is not going to do all the work. You’ve got to be willing to say, God, with your assistance, and me rolling up my sleeves, I can do this. Anything and everything is possible.
There’s my first recommendation on where to find help.
My next piece of advice is, don’t be afraid to ask for help from other people. You may be afraid to ask for donations, just like everybody else. It’s challenging. But the first step, I think, in asking for donations is asking other people for help. So practice your “ask” first on getting help, not money, from others. You will learn that it’s okay to tell people, Hey, I don’t know what I’m doing, I need your guidance, what you think I should do? That’s point number two on where to get help.
The third point about getting help is, once you do get help, embrace the change that is required. This means you’re going to have to change the way that you think and the way that you act and diligently work to incorporate the suggestions.
If you raise your hand and somebody gives you good advice, don’t shrug it off! I think people are like that with a lot of things. It’s hard to change, it’s hard to adapt and it’s hard to actually let that change sink in. We think we’ve taken it on and then it doesn’t work. We’ve tried it, it doesn’t work, but you really have to embrace the suggestions (obviously some suggestions are not going to be good, and you can just say check, I’ve done that), but I think, for the most part, you’re going to get some really good advice and “golden nuggets” of wisdom.
Just make sure that when you do, you remember to say, look, I’m going to need God’s help on this. I’m going to roll up my sleeves, I’m going to do the work, I’m going to look for people that can help me, and I’m going to embrace advice from other people. For example, here at CatholicFundraiser.net, we offer tons of advice, so if you’re looking for help and you’re looking for different ideas, my website has a library of suggestions, advice on things that have worked, plus showing things that haven’t worked and why. Definitely check out my website if you haven’t already or, it’s been a while, jump on over and take a second look at the fresh info.
That’s all I have for you today. Thank you so much for your attention, share this with an apostolate that you think would benefit from the suggestions, and I look forward to speaking with you in another video. Until then, God bless!
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