Scan the field for landmines before stepping forth.
Author Archive | Anthony Scott
Every so often in every parish there is a crisis. Be prepared.
Any change, however small, introduces an element of chaos and discomfort. Minimize negative reaction and blowback.
Parishes often shoot themselves in the foot, both purposefully and accidentally, when they mishandle contributions or confidential information. Unfortunately, it’s an all too common occurrence in parish life.
A very useful tool to sample parishioner opinion or test-drive an idea.
We emulate God when we listen attentively to another.
Use this tool to great advantage when anticipating a capital campaign or preparing to launch a major fundraising effort.
This is the first of three postings designed to assist leaders in gaining a deeper knowledge of effective fundraising values and methodologies.
A basic review of effectively communicating – indispensable to a peaceful and well-informed parish community.
Parishes that fail to strategically plan, plan to strategically fail.
Most people shy from face to face fundraising because they fear rejection; priests have additional reservations.
The many reasons why parishes do not strategically plan. No map means arriving at a random destination, perhaps not the one we would wish for.
Who would have imagined that the gritty, often unpleasant work of a capital campaign could produce such remarkable spiritual change in a community?
Everyone, for better or worse, sees the priest as a representation of Jesus. Yet parish council members should also be seen in this light as exercising servant leadership.
It’s the rare parish that regularly every year receives major gifts above and beyond stewardship commitments even when the parish is not in a capital campaign.
It happens in most campaigns – a lull in the action, seeming glacial movement or even a brick wall.
One of the most grievous mistakes a parish can make is to assume that a great deal of money can be raised without investing any money into the effort. Would this assumption ever be applied to business operations?
Who would construct a large building without first completing borings of the subsoil? The same principle applies to a major fundraising effort.
“I like to find/ what’s not found/ at once, but lies/ within something of another nature/ in repose, distinct.” Denise Levertov
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