The Ministry of Fundraising

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Anyone who works for a non-profit, like a church, has to consider the financial implications that they are under. I am only able to do the work I do because of the generous donations of people who care about our mission.

I take that very seriously.

I must be held accountable for the money I spend and how I spend it. I am careful to use dollars in the best way possible to serve our mission. I try not to waste any money and to make sure that the money is used in a beneficial way.

Because I am dependent on the generous financial gifts of others, part of my time needs to be spent trying to raise funds for my ministry.

There are about a million and half ways to raise money.

But what works best?

I feel like I have been part of every type of fundraising event possible, from annual appeals to bake sales, from car washes to fancy dinners with silent auctions. I’ve decided some work better than others.

Fundraising is not necessarily a natural strength in many ministry leaders, but it is one that needs to be fostered.

I’m really interested in your thoughts on fundraising.

I invite you to answer any or all of the questions below in the comments section. Not only will this help me, but I know it will help the many REAL Ministry readers.

  • What type of fundraising events have you had?
  • What worked well for you?
  • What didn’t work well for you?
  • What is the most amount of money you raised in a single fundraiser?
  • What is the least amount?

Question: Tell us about your experience around fundraisers.

John Rinaldo

As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.


John Rinaldo


As the Business Manager at St. Catherine Catholic Church in Morgan Hill, CA, Dr. John Rinaldo serves as the administrator over operations and finances for the parish in support of all parish ministries. Previously, John served as the Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of San Jose, empowering parish communities to minister to the needs of youth and young adults. John is also an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University teaching pastoral ministry courses to graduate students.



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