The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist

Overview

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist has annual fundraising goals that they try to achieve and like many non-profits, they were searching for a unique way to do that.

In 2007, they began their research and stumbled upon Beacon Design. The idea of a custom keepsake made sense because it engaged their supporters annually and gave them a sustainable fundraising program.

This year marks the 16th annual keepsake and their program shows no signs of slowing down, if anything it’s ramping up. They started with small runs and each year they order a new design as well as re-orders of past years. They have turned their donors into collectors who look forward to every new design.

Approach

  • Build Pieces That Resonate

    Creating keepsakes that resonate with parishioners and visitors, continues to help the Cathedral connect with their audience maximizing funds raised.

  • Well-Rounded Marketing

    Marketing the product as a remembrance or keepsake allows them to bring sales in year round, not just during the Holidays.

  • Generate Buzz

    Creating new pieces yearly helps build collectors. People will seek out the product yearly instead of just buying one.

Results

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Most recent fiscal year generated over

$125,000
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Partnering with Beacon Design for over

15 Years
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Increased pieces purchased by more than

10X

Conclusion

The Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist has had great success launching their annual custom keepsake program. They are continuously raising funds and ordering more frequently to fulfill guests and parishioners’ needs. The approach that they took was just as important as the pieces that were created. Beacon Design has a sales and marketing team to help throughout the process. Our goal is to help you achieve yours!

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