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Betty Ann McNeil D.C.


This article examines how Vincent de Paul and Louise de Marillac applied Vincentian values to fund raising and also explains how fund raising for the benefit of the poor is Vincentian in itself. Several illustrations of Vincent’s fund raising techniques are given and then translated into modern fund raising terms. Vincent knew that charity had to be organized to be effective and that was evident in his financial planning. He collaborated with various benefactors at the highest levels of the church and state. For successful long-term development, he sought community support through special events, annual gifts, partnerships, and public relations. He made sure he had many different sources of revenue, which included what we would now call endowments, user fees, for-profit ventures, gift clubs, in-kind contributions, and joint ventures. He also insisted that all foundations be financially secure before he accepted them.