Archive | September, 2009

Parishes and Parishioners Win with Electronic Offertory

September 18, 2009

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Are you writing as many checks as you used to?

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Parish Capital Campaigns Work…Yes, Even in This Economy!!

September 18, 2009

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In the past year, between the stock market downturns, layoff announcements, bailout packages, the housing market fallout and unemployment numbers, how are we, as Church, supposed to react?
The short answer is “Remain Calm.”

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Offertory Envelope Best Practices

September 18, 2009

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Offertory envelopes remain the primary way parishioners deliver their support to their parish. Choices that parishes make on the type of envelopes and the gift options listed can significantly impact the contributions they receive.

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Why Parishes Should Promote Bequest Gifts

September 18, 2009

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Is promoting bequests to your parish worth the effort it requires? The answer is a resounding “Yes!”

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Ten Successful Practices for Parish Grand Annuals

September 18, 2009

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Grand Annuals are critical to the funding of the mission of a majority of the parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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Stewardship in Difficult Economic Times

September 18, 2009

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A common question asked in difficult economic times is, “How can we ask our parishioners to give more?” On the surface, the answer seems obvious. If someone is struggling to put food on the table or keep their home, they cannot contribute more money. However, the complete gospel on stewardship is not simply treasure, but also time and talent. They can give of themselves. Saint Paul goes even further when he writes about the “gifts of the spirit.”

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Stewardship: A Business Manager’s Perspective

September 18, 2009

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Perhaps more than any other role existing for the laity in the archdiocese today, the role of the Parish Business Manager most closely resembles that of the biblical steward. The challenge facing many of our Parish Business Managers is that they have assumed responsibility for long-neglected estates with severely limited financial, human and clerical resources. It is only with a great deal of managerial skill and finesse that these dedicated stewards are able to sustain the parish’s day-to-day operations. With so much energy focused on getting through today, it is understandable that the more important work of cultivating a sustainable pool of resources is frequently overlooked.

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8 Ways to Encourage Bequests

September 18, 2009

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How can you best encourage parishioners to consider making a bequest to your parish? Here are eight ideas. Implementing just one of them will increase the probability that your parish will be included in your parishioners’ wills.

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Campaigns Are Different Today – Embrace These Changes at Your Parish

September 18, 2009

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Over the course of the last year, the thought of a campaign at the parish level has likely been met with fear and anxiety among parishioners, finance councils and pastors. A depressed economy, an uncertain economic outlook, and rising unemployment have given many parishes a reason to put needed campaigns on hold. However, one only need look at the recent results about philanthropy in the USA, released earlier this year, to find reasons to be encouraged. Americans are still a generous people and of all the philanthropy provided last year (in excess of $300 billion) only giving to religion increased. Gifts to hospitals, schools, advocacy groups or environmental concerns all suffered, but giving to faith based entities increased. While true anytime, if a parish has a case for support that is compelling, urgent and exhibits a resolve to address its need, it should consider proceeding with a formal campaign to address them.

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Parish Life Begins with Engagement and is Sustained through Commitment

September 18, 2009

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At a time of great challenge for Catholic parishes today – innovative, strategic and proven solutions are called for to ensure parishes remain viable and sustainable. For Catholic parishes to realize a new found era of financial stability, a shared commitment to ministry engagement, offertory support and alternative methods of giving are paramount.

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