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1. The Role Of The Finance Committee

2. The Meeting

3. Annual Timeline

4. Parish Accounts

5. Implementing Parish Collections

6. Canon Law And Finances

7. Parish Databases

8. Planned Giving Programs

9. Book-keeping

10. Credit Cards And Direct Debits

11. Reporting To The Parish

12. Parish Budgets

13. Maximising Appeals




8. Planned Giving Programs

Double Your Parish income in Three Years

Planned giving programs commenced in Melbourne around 1960 through the agency Catholic Fundraising, and now most dioceses have access to a similar professional service.

Based on the theme of giving thanks to a loving God who has given us all we have, Catholic Fundraising seeks to engender a raised community awareness so parishioners give of themselves through offering their time, their talents and their treasure.

Catholic Fundraising is based on Catholic principles, it is professional, and it has a track record of success over 35 years to call upon.

The primary objective is to build community so that people will want to give cheerfully. No-one is pressured to give beyond their means. Giving in relation to a person's income is highlighted and people are asked for a commitment.

When first introduced into Parramatta Diocese the average income increased by sixty five percent for all parishes, with the increase generally in line with the existing vitality of the parish.

Eighty five per cent of pledges are maintained for the three years of the campaign and you will need to conduct a top up program, either annually or at least every 18 months to maintain the giving momentum.

For many parishes which have not had a previous campaign, this will mean that by the time they have completed their second campaign about three years after the first their parish income will have doubled.

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