Why Fund-Raising is Fun
On March 29, 2014 the New York Times released an article titled Why Fund-Raising is Fun.
As advocates for the Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love effort, you are working tirelessly for this effort. We often get caught up in the numbers… number of decisions, number of visits, monies raised, percent of goal! So, let us take a moment to remember what we are really doing by engaging families, explaining the Case for Support and inviting their participation.
The feasibility study conducted two years ago identified several issues to address for the future of our Diocese, all directly related to the tremendous growth. As Ambassadors, you are all working together to directly prepare for the future! You are helping families share their time, talent, and treasure for the future of our church.
“The real magic of fund-raising goes even deeper than temporary happiness or extra income. It creates meaning. Donors possess two disconnected commodities: material wealth and sincere convictions. Alone, these commodities are difficult to combine. But fund-raisers facilitate an alchemy of virtue: They empower those with financial resources to convert the dross of their money into the gold of a better society.”
Let’s take a moment to celebrate how your hard work is empowering the community: What are you really doing when you meet with families on behalf of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love? You are empowering our community to strengthen the church, to prepare for the future, and to ensure a more prosperous Catholic community for future generations. You, and every family you visit with, are doing more than simply participating in this effort; you are committing to the future of our faith community.
“Charitable giving improves what psychologists call ‘self-efficacy,’ one’s belief that one is capable of handling a situation and bringing about a desired outcome. When people give their time or money to a cause they believe in, they become problem solvers. Problem solvers are happier than bystanders and victims of circumstance.”
Thank you for your continued time and dedication to the success of Forward in Faith, Hope, and Love.