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Video Content

In today's digital age, video is a powerful tool that can significantly enhance your parish's fundraising efforts. Engaging video content not only captures attention but also evokes emotion, making it a perfect medium to convey the impact of your ministry and the tangible benefits of parishioners' contributions.


Videos allow you to tell your parish's story in a dynamic and memorable way, showcasing real people and real results. This can help build a stronger connection with your community, encouraging more heartfelt support and participation.


Whether it's highlighting success stories, explaining the needs of your ministry, or thanking donors for their generosity, incorporating video into your fundraising strategy can lead to more effective and meaningful outreach.

10 Video content ideas to get you started

  • Parishioner Testimonials:

    • Personal stories from parishioners about how the parish has positively impacted their lives, demonstrating the benefits of supporting the parish.

  • Highlighting Needs of the Parish:

    • Videos that outline specific ministry or facility needs, creating a clear and urgent call to action by showing areas that require support.

  • Monthly Reflection or Devotion:

    • Regular spiritual content featuring clergy or guest speakers that discuss scripture and themes of stewardship, keeping the community engaged and connected.

  • Direct to Parishioner Thank You Message:

    • Personalized thank-you messages from parish leadership or ministry beneficiaries, making donors feel valued and encouraging continued support.

  • Expressing Support for the Annual Appeal or Offertory:

    • Videos focused on specific fundraising campaigns, explaining their goals and the expected outcomes to motivate contributions.

  • Behind-the-Scenes Tours:

    • Offering a look at the daily operations of the parish, preparations for sacraments, or volunteer activities to highlight the ongoing needs and efforts.

  • Impact Stories:

    • Showcasing the tangible results of fundraising efforts, including interviews with beneficiaries and before-and-after visuals of improvements made.

  • Special Event Highlights:

    • Capturing key moments from fundraisers, festivals, or community outreach programs to document successes and promote future events.

  • Educational Content:

    • Videos that educate parishioners on the importance of stewardship and giving within the Catholic faith, aligning contributions with church teachings.

  • Invitations to Participate:

    • Personal invitations from clergy for parishioners to join in specific fundraising events or initiatives, providing a direct call to action.

14 Tips for success

Basic Equipment

Camera: A smartphone with a good camera is often sufficient for most video needs. For higher quality, consider a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Tripod: To avoid shaky footage, use a tripod or a stable surface to hold the camera steady.

Microphone: Audio quality is crucial; an external microphone can significantly improve sound quality over built-in camera mics.

Lighting: Natural light works well, especially in mornings or late afternoons. If indoors, simple LED panels or ring lights can enhance video clarity.

Length of Videos

Keep videos concise and focused. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 1-3 minutes for most videos, ensuring you keep the viewer’s attention while delivering the necessary information.

Hosting Content

YouTube: Free and widely accessible, ideal for reaching a broad audience.

Vimeo: Offers more control over privacy settings and is ad-free, which might be preferable for more formal content.

Parish Website: Direct hosting on your site ensures content is accessible in a central, controlled environment.

Social Media: Platforms like Facebook and Instagram are effective for shorter clips and engaging with a younger audience.

Audio and Tools

Editing Software: Free tools like iMovie or more advanced options like Adobe Premiere Pro, depending on your needs.

Sound Quality: Record in quiet environments; consider lapel mics for interviews or speeches.

Background Music: Use royalty-free music to avoid copyright issues, adding to the emotional impact without overwhelming the spoken content.

Additional Tips

Storyboarding: Plan your video with a simple storyboard to outline shots and sequences, ensuring a coherent flow of visuals and narrative.

Subtitles: Adding subtitles can make your videos more accessible and easier to follow, especially in noisy environments or for those with hearing impairments.

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