You Get What You Ask For

The CSM team often works with pastors and staff that say, “We wish parishioners would increase their financial support.” The response that we offer, though simple, often comes as a surprise to many. We ask in return, “Have you asked for it?”  People are willing to increase their support if they feel engaged in the mission and […]

Use Bullets and Numbered Lists

Your pastor is busy. Your committee chairs have day jobs. Your volunteers are being pulled in a million different directions and the only difference between you hosting a successful parish event and overseeing a complete disaster is the information contained in the email you are about to send. How do you make sure your email […]

A Future Without Bulletins?

The Sunday bulletin has been a staple of Catholic life in North America for more than 75 years. But as almost all areas of life become digital, a paper bulletin may soon become a thing of the past (and maybe you’re already moving toward digital fundraising letters). Can we imagine a future without bulletins? What […]

The Value of an Email Address

When our team conducted a national research project focused on giving trends in Catholic parishes, we asked parishes how many registered households had an email address on file with the parish. Churches that had emails for 70% or more of their households reported average household giving that was 21% higher than churches that had emails […]

Scheduling Meetings at Your Parish

Ever had trouble scheduling meetings at your parish? Scheduling parish council meetings, ministry activities or special event planning meetings can be a huge drain on your time and energy. It seems impossible at times to coordinate schedules between your pastor, staff, and volunteers. But there are a number of free services that take the guesswork […]

Fundraising Letters or Emails?

It’s an age-old question: fundraising letters or emails? If you’re responsible for your church’s annual stewardship drive, you’re probably wondering whether this is the year you should move from regular mail and checks to email and online giving. Our team’s recommendation, based on deep research and professional experience, is that yes, you should definitely start moving […]