If you don’t know me well yet, then I want to tell you a bit about my philosophies that keep me going as a fundraiser.
Humble fundraisers need grit, grace & gratitude – perseverance and the ability to act with confidence and appreciation.
Appreciative fundraisers hug donors with all the arms they can. They welcome and encourage everyone to get into the act: colleagues, board members, volunteers and, if appropriate, those we serve. (Not receiving a thank you is one of the top 5 reasons donors leave.)
Thoughtful fundraisers are life-long learners. They learn from mistakes, they get more education (the paid and the free), they find mentors and seek advice and test.
Now let’s be honest: sometimes this wonderful, fulfilling, world-changing career isn’t a ride on a unicorn over a rainbow. (Spoiler alert: there are challenges in our sector.) Many nonprofits experience limited resources. Others operate on a ton of goodwill but not much strategic direction to deliver results. A few, sadly, operate in a fearful crouch of scarcity. Sometimes, it all can wear a person down.
That is why I believe that great fundraisers should live in the House of Yes. For me, fundraising is my calling. And I want to do better – all the time. I want our sector to be better. The work we do is uplifting and life-changing and affirming.