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Resources to help you increase your fundraising capacity and further your Catholic organization’s mission.

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Fundraising

How to Talk to Donors About Planned Giving & Legacy Gifts

To many fundraising professionals, the thought of asking for legacy gifts is daunting. After all, preparing for the end of one’s life can be a sensitive subject. Find out how to talk to donors about planned giving in a thoughtful, compassionate way, and how to incorporate legacy gifts in your overall fundraising strategy.

Catholic Philanthropy

Catholic School Funding Trends: A Creative Approach Works Best

One size never fits all when it comes to Catholic school funding. We discuss some of the many innovative ways philanthropists are funding Catholic schools today, not only to carry on the important tradition of Catholic education but to maximize impact in the overall community.

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Fundraising

How to Find Funding for Your Catholic School

Today the challenges that come with winning funding for your Catholic school can seem insurmountable, but there are many ways to strategize and reach donors effectively.

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Catholic Philanthropy

How to Create a Culture of Giving in Your Family: Ideas for Catholic Philanthropists

Many Catholic philanthropists—whether they have a family foundation or not—have grappled with the question: how can I involve my family in philanthropy? This blog post discusses ideas on how to involve younger generations in family giving, incorporating examples from “The Next Generation of Catholic Philanthropists: Inspiration and Ideas for Engagement” from FADICA.

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Catholic Philanthropy

Where Faith & Funding Meet: Benefits of Year End Giving for Catholic Philanthropists

Tax benefits are, of course, an important consideration in philanthropic decisions. However, they are never the only relevant factor, especially for Catholic philanthropists who want to give in line with their values and make a faith-centered impact. Our guide can help point you in the right direction as you weigh year end giving options.

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Fundraising

Year-End Appeal Emails: A Strategy for Catholic Nonprofits

Year-end appeals can be a source of stress for Catholic nonprofits, especially those that rely on a successful appeal for the majority of their funding. Find out how you can strategically use emails in your year-end appeal to grow your reach and increase donations.

Catholic Philanthropy

How to Build Great Relationships with Grantees

Funders and nonprofits need each other to do good. But sometimes, a harmful power dynamic can emerge and the relationship becomes unbalanced in the grantor’s favor. This can damage trust and close off future opportunities for good work, among other problems. How can you build a healthy partnership with the nonprofit organizations you financially support?

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Fundraising

Donor Appreciation Event Ideas: What to Do (and Avoid) for Success

When donors have agreed to partner with you in your mission—to help bring about the Kingdom of God with their resources, as Henri Nouwen so beautifully expresses it—there is a natural sense of gratitude that follows. Expressing that gratitude is an important step in your relationship with those who support your work. Not only is hosting an appreciation event a practical strategy for donor retention, but it is a way to steward the people whose financial gifts make your work possible. Here are some ideas to help make your next donor appreciation event a success.

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Catholic Philanthropy

Foundation Mission Statements: How to Write Them, Plus Examples

A thoughtfully crafted mission statement is like a compass. It guides decisions, redirects focus, and encourages everyone on the journey to stay the course. Every Catholic foundation needs a strong mission statement; learn why they matter and how to write yours.

Catholic Philanthropy

Charitable Giving with Donor Advised Funds: What, How & Why

Did you know a donor advised fund allows you to give to causes you care about in a strategic way while benefiting from tax deductions? Find out how donor advised funds work, how to set them up, and how they can be a useful instrument on your philanthropic journey.