Happy Friday, changemakers!
This week while working on branding (for ourselves and some of your orgs), we came across this quote:
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
This feels especially resonant for fundraisers. Several of you have told us that it can be tempting to become a chameleon in donor conversations. (We've done it; it feels creepy.) Resist the temptation! As Emerson knew, you connect and inspire best when you are ... you.
We're reading: Derek Black, an heir apparent in the white nationalist movement, until he attended New College of Florida. There, he was invited by fellow students to a Shabbat dinner, which he attended that first night and regularly for the next two years. "Outreach and discourse won't magically solve the problem of hate. But without those private conversations with people I cared about, I might not have seen the weaknesses in my arguments....
What do you need as a fundraiser? We want to know!
If you raise money – for a living or as a volunteer for a cause you love – please let us know your challenges, what tools could help?
Is your challenge “making the ask?” Or turning a conversation to money? Starting a conversation with a cold call? Or just knowing who to call?
When we started, none of this seemed obvious – there was no manual and our early jobs provided no training.
In snowy Chicago at a recent CASE conference, we realized we were not alone: everyone is struggling with this!
In a room of 200 professional fundraisers, only three had received any formal training. Holy cow! After our presentation, dozens of people contacted us to get a simple productivity tool.
And that's why we decided to create Fundraiser's Monthly as a resource – that will grow to be a giant resource! – for all you mission-driven fundraisers out there.
If you need a mentor, we’re offering! If you...