June 18, 2010

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Fundraising Forum: Strengthening Parish Grand Annuals

On Thursday June 17, 2010, Scot Landry from the Archdiocese and Tom Wilson from Letter Concepts, an approved professional fundraising firm and the leading provider of Grand Annual campaign assistance in the Archdiocese, briefed pastors, business managers, parish council members and parish staff members on ten proven approaches that other Archdiocese of Boston parishes have […]

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June 18, 2010

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IFRM pilot parishes see increased offertory

by Jim Lockwood BRAINTREE — Some parishes volunteering to help the Archdiocese of Boston pilot a new model of financial support for its central ministries report seeing success in the first step in that process: increasing monthly offertory. The archdiocese rolled out a new model of parish financial support of the archdiocese’s central ministries in […]

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April 29, 2010

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Profile: Cornerstone Fundraising, LLC

1. Firm Information Name: Cornerstone Fundraising, LLC Address: 20 Oakland Street, Suite #1 City, Town, Zip: Newburyport, MA 01950 Website: Cornerstone Fundraising LLC Main Phone Number: (978) 358-7038 2. Main Contact/Boston-Area Representative Name: Brian Raiche Address: 20 Oakland Street, Suite #1 City, Town, Zip: Newburyport, MA 01950 Email: brian.raiche@comcast.net Phone: (978) 457-2198 Fax: (866) 214-8370 […]

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March 26, 2010

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A Compilation of Fund-Raising Principles and the Data Behind Them

Community Counselling Service (CCS) has recently compiled a great deal of information on fundraising facts and figures into an impressive list of “Fund-Raising Principles and the Data Behind Them.” Please click on the link below to view the list of oft-cited fund-raising adages that you may find useful in your own activities.  Feel free to forward to […]

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March 2, 2010

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The Ever Changing Garden

by Gina Lewis There is a great lesson to be learned by watching the evolution of a garden, and that is:  It is not necessary to move mountains in order to change the landscape.  Sometimes all that is necessary is to plant a single seed.  In the garden, there is a time to lay a […]

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December 11, 2009

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IFRC Phase One Launch Packet

Please CLICK HERE to view materials that were sent to parishes on December 11, 2009 in regards to the launch of Phase One of a new model of financial relationship between the parishes and central ministries of the Archdiocese of Boston.  (Also included is a copy of a letter from Cardinal Seán about the IFRC, […]

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December 11, 2009

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New parish financial relationship model ready for roll out

On Dec. 4 Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley sent a letter to all pastors and administrators asking if their respective parishes would like to be part of the launching of a first phase of a “proposed model of financial relationship” — a relationship which archdiocesan officials are hopeful could produce more collaboration between the archdiocese and the parishes, as well as between parishes.

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December 11, 2009

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What’s the best way to contribute to my parish in 2010?

As parishioners, we know that our pastors and parishes are grateful for our financial support. However, some support methods are better than others from the parish’s and the parishioner’s perspectives. The options below vary on convenience, cost, processing time, transaction recording time, and tax receipt quality. As we close 2009 and prepare for 2010, it is a good time for families across the archdiocese to consider how best to support their parishes next year.

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December 11, 2009

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Would you buy your priest dinner this Christmas?

Our priests help us to reflect on the gift that is given to us in the Nativity. This time of year is when our churches swell with the faithful who experience that special feeling that comes when we celebrate Christmas as a community. We are reminded of the many gifts we have received in our lifetime, big and small.

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December 11, 2009

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Stewardship Homily

This homily on stewardship was forwarded to our office as a good example.  We encourage you to view it and forward it. Fr. Andrew Kemberling is the priest giving the homily.  He is pastor of St. Thomas More in Centennial Colorado.  This parish won the “Stewardship Parish of the Year” award in 2007 at the […]

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