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Fundraising Forum: Strengthening Parish Grand Annuals

June 18, 2010

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

March 26, 2010

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

December 11, 2009

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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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Fall Fundraising Forums: Electronic Offertory

November 19, 2009

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Today over 50 pastors and parish staff members gathered at the Pastoral Center in Braintree for a Fall Fundraising Forum titled “Launching and Growing an Electronic Giving Program.”  Led by Scot Landry, Secretary for Institutional Advancement & Chief Development Officer, and Vijay Jeste, Product Manager for Our Sunday Visitor’s Electronic Giving program, attendess discovered why […]

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Sowing the Seeds

November 19, 2009

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On Wednesday, November 18th, the Stewardship Office kicked off the first presentation of Sowing the Seeds, an ongoing seminar and workshop series focused on best practices in parish stewardship. Sowing the Seeds aims to equip pastors, parish councils, staffs, and volunteers with the tools they need to advance the mission of Christ in their parish. Drawing on extensive research, the Stewardship Office has identified key areas that parishes can address to help move them from maintenance to mission.

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Electronic offertory: Clear benefits for parishioners and parishes

November 13, 2009

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About 20 percent of parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston are now receiving a large number of electronic contributions. I’m convinced that there are parishioners in all of our parishes who would benefit from having this as an option. And there are clearly many benefits for parishes that adopt this new method of support.

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2009 Parish Stewardship & Fundraising Issue of The Pilot

September 18, 2009

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Catholics experience our Church most regularly through their parishes.  A number of our parishes within the Archdiocese of Boston are struggling financially.  The rest know that they could further their mission if they had more revenue. Much of the work in the Central Ministries of the Archdiocese is to help parishes thrive in every way.  […]

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Why a Parish Campaign Makes Sense in this Economy

September 18, 2009

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“Parishioners Laid Off.” “Stock Values Plummet.” “Housing Bubble Bursts.” “Tax Increases Coming.” Pick a headline, any headline among these and dozens of other “bad news” stories of the past year and then move beyond it to the “Good News” of “Why a Parish Campaign Makes Sense in this Economy”. It isn’t easy, we at Partners in Mission understand that, but it may be the best news you will hear this year.

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Increasing Parishioner Engagement & Mass Attendance

September 18, 2009

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Much effort is underway in the Catholic Church across the United States and within the Archdiocese of Boston to welcome home so many of our Catholic brothers and sisters to the regular practice of our great faith. On an average weekend, only about one in six Catholics attend Mass, so there is much work to do.

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Best Practices for Enrolling Parishioners in Electronic Giving

September 18, 2009

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As electronic giving continues to grow as a means for the Catholic faithful to live out their commitment to stewardship of treasure, one of the biggest challenges for parishes is the enrollment process. In order to successfully convert parishioners from envelope/cash donations to electronic donations, two areas of consideration are critical: parish communication and the enrollment process.

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