As we prepare to close the books on 2020, now is the perfect time to start planning your end of year donation requests. Sometimes, it just takes a little push to remind your parishioners that it doesn’t just benefit the parish — end of year donations benefits them, too!
Here are four ready-to-use templates to utilize in your own end of year donation push:
CARES ACT REMINDER
So much can be said about all that happened to us this year. But from Coronavirus to quarantine, the closing of our parishes and schools, economic instability, and social justice issues that continue to challenge us, one thing remains steadfast: our Church. But none of this would be possible without the support of our faithful members.
As you prepare for 2021, I ask that you prayerfully consider making a year-end donation to (NAME OF PARISH). Your financial gifts will help sustain our parish and allow us to go out and boldly make disciples as Christ commanded us. We’d also like to remind you that for the remainder of this year, any gift you make to our parish is eligible for a 100% tax deduction under the CARES Act legislation.
Thank for your prayers and good thoughts, your dedication to ministries that our local community depends on, and for simply being a light in this year’s darkness. Without your presence, we would never have gotten through this stronger, and more certain of God’s unending love, as ever.
COMMUNITY OF GENEROSITY
It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude that I thank you for your continued support of (PARISH NAME). With your spiritual and financial support, we’ve been able to become a community of generosity for all who depend on us. Will you pledge to continue on this journey with us by making an end-of-year contribution?
When you choose to give to our parish, amazing things happen. We’re able to offer the sacraments on a regular basis, we can feed the poor, clothe the naked, and visit the sick. With regular financial contributions from members of our faith community, we can take care of those Christ has entrusted to us, and better prepare for those who will come to us in the future.
Again, thank you for being a part of our amazing community. Looking forward to all that is to come in the new year.
CALLED FOR MORE
If there is one thing I wish for you to take away from all that happened this year — from the quarantine of our families, to the shuttering of our churches, to the complexities of politics and calls of social justice — it is this: God is calling us for more. And for us to answer this calling, we need support from you.
As you look to the year ahead, I prayerfully ask that you consider a year-end gift to (NAME OF PARISH). For so many months this year, our church had to reverse engineer how to safely bring the sacraments to parishioners. To sustain our ministries and this new way of life (for now), we need to rethink our church in crisis. With your prayers and financial support, I’m confident we’ll come out stronger than ever before.
With prayers and good wishes for the year ahead, I am,
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gifts!
As we come back in faith to participate in the holy sacrifice of the Mass and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation after such a long time apart, I ask you today to find it in your heart to be as generous as you can with an end-of-year donation to (NAME OF PARISH).
When you make a contribution to our parish community, you allow amazing things to happen. Families are fed, the sick are visited, and people are catechized. And like a ripple effect, it doesn’t just affect our immediate circle. No, it has the ability to go on to make a change for Christ.
Thank you, dear parishioners, for all you do to make an impact in our faith community and the community at large. Please be assured of my prayers for you and your family.