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

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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.

Catholic Philanthropy

Starting a Foundation: A How-To Guide for Catholic Philanthropists

If you’re looking for a more structured or strategic way to give, starting a private charitable foundation is a good option to consider. A private foundation can be established as a permanent philanthropic legacy or enduring structure for giving that can be passed down to your children.

Using the Guide

How to Write a Top-Notch Project for Amplify

Subscribers to the Catholic Funding Guide have access to Amplify, a feature that allows grantseekers and funders to connect via projects. Grantseekers can post projects in need of funding, and funders can search projects in their interest areas. They can communicate with each other directly using the contact information provided.

News

Introducing Amplify

Amplify is a feature of the Catholic Funding Guide that allows grant seekers and funders to connect in a new way.

Mission Moment

How to Recruit and Retain Volunteers for Your Catholic Nonprofit

Many Catholic organizations rely on volunteers to help with fundraising efforts, provide administrative support, or even carry out their mission in the community. But recruiting and retaining volunteers can be a challenge. Discover effective ways to boost volunteer recruitment and maximize volunteer retention.