Who and How We Support

Months into the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear how much damage has been done across the globe. The consequences are physical, emotional, spiritual, and economic. In light of all of this, many people are wondering: what organizations are worthy of financial support? And since the exercise of charity – including financial support – is a hallmark […]

Publishing Parish Reports

A few weeks ago, this parish report, delivered via YouTube from a pastor in Oklahoma, caught our team’s attention. It’s a textbook case of what publishing parish reports should be: It opens with an attitude of prayer: Father’s reading of one of Paul’s letters, followed by a brief reflection, sets the tone for the rest of the […]

Mass time are published elsewhere

A few days ago we shared advice on how and where to update your Christmas Mass times (see here). But did you know there are a growing number of third-party Internet sites that advertise the Mass and confession times of every parish in North America? And do you know if your parish information is correct? […]

Growing Your Following

As social distancing and shelter in place orders began to take effect across North America this past spring, our analytics team took a look at traffic on parish Facebook pages. The week over week numbers from March 10-16 vs. March 3-9 astounded us. (You were probably growing your following at this point too!) Average 834% […]

Picture Frames and Pinned Posts

With public Masses suspended across the United States, this past spring charitable contributions were in freefall at many parishes. The churches that are thriving right now did triage quickly in the spring, using various digital techniques and tools. Since the Sunday plate may no longer suffice, it’s time to ask everyone to move to online […]

Talking About Money at the Parish

Even as I typed the headline, I thought I might lose a few readers. Let’s face it, money is a difficult thing to discuss, and whether you’re talking money matters with family, staff, or parishioners, it usually doesn’t come with ease. The Bible contains more than 2,000 verses that mention finances, and more than a […]

Using AmazonSmile at Your Parish

According to Statista, there will be a projected 2.14 billion online shoppers by 2021. With these kinds of numbers, it’s safe to say that many of your parishioners shop online. Amazon has created an incentive to its customers to benefit non-profit organizations through the program AmazonSmile. For every qualified purchase an Amazon customer makes, 0.5% of the price […]

Parish Planned Giving Seminars

It is no secret that the largest transfer of wealth in human history is starting to take place between Baby Boomers and Millennials. Over the next 30 years, an estimated $68 trillion will be transferred between the two generations. While this is occurring, there is a great opportunity for non-profits to secure donations through planned giving. […]

Appeals, campaigns, and events

Not all fundraising activities are created equal. All parish and school fundraising opportunities are unique and while your leaders likely have a firm grasp on how they differ, it’s important to let your parishioners and school families know the purpose and goal of each fundraising event. Consider the following as a general outline to separate […]

Worst Fundraising Ideas Ever

Magazine subscriptions. Chocolate sales. Caramel corn delivery services. We’ve all participated in these sorts of gimmicky fundraising schemes, hawked by companies that claim their particular product will raise tens of thousands of dollars for your Catholic parish. They tend to be some of the worst fundraising ideas ever. Here are four reasons to avoid them […]