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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 […]

Embracing Technology for Personal Parish Fundraising

When working with a 2,000-year-old institution, there is a tendency to think that there is nothing new under the sun. This way of thinking is often magnified in a parish setting where staff and volunteers have served for many years and are accustomed to working with limited and often antiquated resources. Many parishes still rely […]

Utilizing Volunteers to Drive Deeper Campaign Success

While transformational gifts from your most generous donors greatly impact your mission, having an engaged and committed group of volunteers is essential when implementing and executing a successful Diocesan campaign. Volunteers are key players, as their presence and involvement throughout the campaign help inspire the parish’s vision in both the short and long term. Fostering […]

A Guide to Engaging Immigrant Catholics and Ethnic Parishes in Capital Campaigns

For those who work closely with the Catholic Church, it is no surprise to learn that a substantial number of parishioners hail from other countries. According to the Pew Research Center, 27% of all U.S. Catholics were born outside of this country (compared with 15% of the overall population). The Catholic Church in the U.S. […]

Catholic Spotlight: Joy of the Gospel Campaign in the Diocese of Lincoln Reshapes the Future for Southern Nebraska Catholics

The Diocese of Lincoln recently surpassed the minimum goal of the most ambitious diocesan-wide effort to date. With 9,300 gifts received, over $63.1 million has been pledged to the Joy of the Gospel campaign; 119% of the original $53 million goal. This money will be used to support the important ministries of this strong Catholic community […]

Catholic Spotlight: Archdiocese of Toronto’s Family of Faith Campaign Paves the Way for a Bold Pastoral Plan

  His Eminence Cardinal Thomas Collins acknowledges this historic campaign achievement and encourages the remaining parishes to continue to strive for success toward their own local campaigns. Strong leadership, an exciting case for support, and the sacrificial support of Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto has propelled the Family of Faith campaign past its $105 million goal. The […]

Catholic Spotlight: One Case, One Campaign, and a United Catholic Community Raise Over $43.6M for Seminarian Endowment

Recently, the Diocese of Madison experienced a great blessing and challenge. The Holy Spirit had generously answered the prayers of the faithful for more priests and the number of seminarians studying for the Diocese had grown from six men in 2004 to 33 men in 2014. While profoundly grateful for this increase in vocations, Bishop […]

A Snapshot of Catholic Fundraising in Europe

Parishes have always relied on the generosity of parishioners to grow and develop. However, with needs at an all-time high, it is clear that most parish fundraising has not kept up with that of other nonprofit organisations and churches often struggle to meet their growing demands. Projects deferred during challenging economic times, now more than […]

7 Campaign Tactics That Can Advance Your Catholic Organization’s Annual Appeal

Is your diocese or parish trying the same techniques to increase your annual fund year in and year out? Many Catholic organizations face the same challenges – the old strategies just aren’t working anymore – and they’re in need of fresh ideas. Annual giving is important to all Catholic organizations, but especially to those that […]