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Why should I use Our Parish Fundraiser?

Parish priests, parish pastoral councils and parish finance committees face an annual funding challenge. Parish income is not keeping up with rising costs - heat, power, repairs etc. There is much good work done to reduce these costs, but the funding challenge remains on how to get parish income to cover the running costs of the parish.

Parish priests, parish pastoral councils and parish finance committees want to do more than just cover the running costs of the parish. They are committed to providing the very best parish facilities.

This commitment costs more than the parish income and so funding is sought from parishioners and the wider community. The are multiple low value / high effort fundraising initiatives e.g. cakes sales, golf classics. The success of these fundraising initiatives almost always falls to the same people.

We use technology to help parishes fundraise in order to provide the very best parish facilities and to build a strong parish community. We do this by creating and running a weekly parish draw just for your parish which allows parishioners  and the community to directly support their parish.

For less than the price of a coffee per week parishioners can make an immediate impact for your parish and have a chance to win your parish lotto Jackpot. The more parishioners that participate, the bigger the Jackpot and the more money raised for your parish.

How much will my parish get?

Your parish gets the majority of the ticket price. It’s up to you on how you divide this between fundraising for your parish, the Jackpot and Weekly prize. 

Are there any risks for my parish?

No, there are no risks to your parish. There are no sign-up fees or recurring fees for your parish and the parish doesn’t guarantee any prizes. All prizes and fees are determined by the number of parishioners participating.

Who deals with any questions?

We have a team ready to help with any questions and they can be contacted by emailing support@ourfundraiser.ie

How do I know if my parish fundraiser is a success?

We will send you a reporting pack every month which tells you how many supporters you have, who is supporting you, how many lines were played each week, who has won and a full financial statement on all monies received from your supporters.

How do I meet my governance requirements?

We will send you a full year statement in September of each year for the previous year e.g. in September 2020 we will send a statement for the period 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020 which tells you by month how many supporters you had, who was supporting you, how many lines were played each week, who has won and a full financial statement on all monies received from your supporters.

How do you support the parish?

We will provide you with a communications plan together with materials and suggested text for letters, emails and text messages that are sent to parishioners. These can be tailored by you to deliver a specific message. The materials can be printed and posted on noticeboards. We also provide you with your own dedicated web pages on our website for your parishioners to join, check their results, check winners and see how much money is being raised.

What else does the parish need to do?

Promote it. Call outs in the parish newsletter and parish website work best.

How do I start a parish fundraiser?

It’s easy, just click here to contact us and we can set up your parish fundraiser draw for you.

We make it really easy for you to set up and run your own parish fundraiser as we do all the work.