Pretty exciting news! My first solo campaign in my new job was to raise $200,000 for a parish to replace the roof on their historic rectory in Baltimore City. Not only did we meet goal, but we did it in less than two months!
As Henri Nouwen said in The Spirituality of Fundraising, “Asking people for money is giving them the opportunity to put their resources at the disposal of the kingdom.” He went on to say, “Every time we approach people for money, we must be sure that we are inviting them into this vision of fruitfulness and into a vision that is fruitful. Fundraising helps to make visible the kingdom that is already among us.”
Grateful to my team at SS. Philip and James Parish that worked together through humor, sweat, and a few missteps along the way to reach our goal! We carried a mutual respect for one another to all of our meetings and continually affirmed each other when faced with a roadblock or pause for concern. And ultimately, confidence in the work of the Holy Spirit proved to be critical.
“What was impressive was that we all wanted to work for the kingdom, to build a community of love, to let something happen that was greater than we were individually.”Henri Nouwen, The Spirituality of Fundraising