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Catholic Fundraising Video Series: Perspectives on Stewardship in a Digital World

Throughout the past 18 months, the Catholic Church was challenged to respond to the realities of COVID-19 by adapting to a new way of communicating with constituents. A critical focus remains placed on continuing communication by leveraging available technology while maintaining or increasing our human empathy and connection. Throughout the month of June, join CCS […]

Using Online Giving to Strengthen Catholic Stewardship

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many charitable organizations have seen a significant increase in online giving – and Catholic parishes and organizations are no exception. In 2020, religious organizations recorded a 27% increase in gifts made digitally. Online giving now represents 18% of total giving to religious causes. Many may be asking themselves, […]

What’s Next for Parishes?

It has been one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic in March 2020. Last spring, many faith communities completely suspended all in-person gatherings and worship moved exclusively online. According to research conducted by CCS Fundraising in summer 2020,[1] about 66% of Catholic and Episcopal parishes took an all-online approach. Others […]

Digital Fundraising for Easter: A Four-Week Plan for Parishes

On Ash Wednesday, Catholics worldwide will embark on a 40-day Lenten journey. This period of prayer, reflection, and fasting is also considered a time of almsgiving – a moment to reflect on one’s blessings and share one’s gifts and talents with the broader community. Many parishes across the country have served as a lifeline to […]

Adapting to the COVID-19 Crisis: A Look into Catholic and Episcopal Dioceses and Parishes

COVID-19 has forced organizations of all sizes and sectors to adapt to a digital model, with impacts that will likely last beyond the pandemic. Churches are no exception. As the pandemic spread in March, parishes and dioceses across the United States closed their doors and suspended all in-person gatherings and events. While doing so was […]

COVID-19 and Catholic Giving: A Diocesan Guide for Embracing Technology to Continue Stewardship

As discussed in a recent webinar held by CCS Fundraising leadership in partnership with the International Catholic Stewardship Council, COVID-19 has changed the way we are congregating. The lack of in-person Mass makes it challenging for pastors to connect with their faith communities. While weekly parish offertory and potentially the annual appeal can be affected […]

Why You Should Begin Planning for Online Giving Days Now

The COVID-19 crisis has thrust many development professionals into a remote work situation, and more than ever before we’re seeing how the digital space can greatly support our usual fundraising practices. Well before this moment, the rise of online giving has been significant, and the importance of engaging your existing and potential donors online has […]

Announcing the New CCS Magazine: Perspectives on Catholic Fundraising

We are pleased to present the third edition of Perspectives on Catholic Fundraising, a magazine for executives, development officers, and anyone navigating the current Catholic philanthropic terrain. In this publication, our experts from the field report on pressing high-level challenges facing Catholic institutions today. These pieces will provide practical tools and actionable solutions to help bolster […]

Effective Leadership: Maximizing the Impact of Your Campaign Chairs

Diocesan and parish-wide capital campaigns create a diverse range of volunteer opportunities for devoted parishioners, including the chance for meaningful and thoughtful engagement with fellow parishioners. Your campaign’s success ultimately depends on the commitment of these volunteers who are asked to champion your case for support. With this in mind, your first task in selecting […]

Three Keys to Implementing a Successful Giving Day Strategy

Giving days—24-hour digital fundraising challenges—are worth the investment. Executing a giving day strategy can be a useful tool to raise awareness and funds, as long as you make the right preparations and have reasonable and achievable goals. The organizations that are succeeding in their outreach have robust strategies that align closely with their wider institutional […]

5 Easy Steps Before Planning a Parish Campaign

Taking on a parish campaign of any size requires careful planning. Campaigns rarely fail in the middle or at the end. Success typically hinges on proper preparation prior to launching a major fundraising initiative. With increased competition for the philanthropic dollar, it is important that a parish undergoes necessary planning steps before proceeding. Consider the […]

Considering an Increased Offertory Program for a Sustainable Future

Many parishes opt for a campaign when considering capital projects or debt reduction, but often become intimidated by the tremendous needs and the equally tremendous goals associated with such an endeavor. CCS Fundraising always recommends doing a thorough analysis to assess the feasibility of a capital campaign before deciding whether to move forward in that […]

Taking the First Steps to Reaching Diverse Catholic Communities

It is more important than ever to recognize the different communities and cultures who make up our Catholic Family. Communicating your vision and creating unity among these communities can be a challenge and oftentimes daunting. So how can a fundraiser help guide a parish through these cultural differences and nuances to create an effective stewardship […]

Catholic Stewardship: Identifying and Engaging Impactful Donors

We all know that large, transformational gifts can positively impact a parish’s mission and its community for generations to come. They can spark a fundraising campaign to new heights and can help build momentum to achieve aspirational goals. But how do you go about attracting such gifts? The answer requires a few more questions. Do […]

A Parish Guide to Pledge Collection Fundamentals

There is a common misconception that a campaign ends once the solicitation or “asking” phase has concluded. The truth is, while your parish may no longer be actively soliciting parishioners, a campaign lasts as long as its pledges are being fulfilled. Before you go back to business as usual, be sure you know the three […]

Developing a Culture of Philanthropy: Three Pastors’ Perspectives

Pastors play a pivotal role in engaging parishioners to embrace the Church’s work and mission. These discussions may be unfamiliar for some pastors, yet it is valuable to emphasize this can also be a unique opportunity to bring parishioners closer to God. In this piece, Reverend Anthony Cutcher, Reverend Monsignor William J. Belford, and Reverend […]