Tagged: passion

Celebrate Joy and Grow Through Sorrow

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When life is sweet, say thank you and celebrate, when life is bitter, say thank you and grow. ~ unknown

What an amazing journey we’re on!
Life is a gift.
Its ebbs and flows.
Its highs and lows.
The connections we make and break.
The joys and sorrows we experience.
Each one of our paths; unique
a combination of choice and circumstance.

Sometimes courageously following our dreams. Inspiring and encouraging others to follow theirs. Take hold of ‘moments of joy’ – treasure them in your heart. They will carry you through the hard times.

Other times we are paralyzed by fear. These times make us empathetic and patient with others who are afraid.

Embrace every part of who you are.
Rippling effects that change the course of our path, that teach us if we let them. Or haunt us until we are teachable.
Life is a gift.
A beautiful and precious gift.
Don’t squander it.
Don’t take it for granted.
Be grateful for every opportunity given.
Even our mistakes have meaning when viewing our lives in this way.

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How Much Do You Care About Your Donors?

PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT I’m not challenging your goodness or integrity.

As a fundraiser, you work hard to support a cause that means a lot to you. You strive to connect your donors’ passions to the needs of people your organization cares for.

And you are successful by staying true and focused on your organization’s mission and vision. This is exactly what you should be doing. Good for you!

But what happens when others are finding solutions to the cause that is important to you in different ways or through other organizations?

Do you feel tempted to create a new program in order to win their support?

Do you try to convince your donor to change her mind on the type of program she supports by trying to convince her that your organization’s methods or goals are better? Or reach more people?

Or do you recognize that other organizations may be filling much-needed gaps in the bigger picture of the cause you care deeply about and choose to honour the passion of each individual making a difference in ways that are meaningful to them?

Maybe it’s not about who is better at what. Maybe it’s about each person doing their part and in doing so, achieving better results than anyone of us could have, alone.

What do you think?

The purpose of this blog is to facilitate discussions that will help us all to better engage with our communities. Your participation and feedback are most welcomed and valued. Please join the discussion below.

Using The Right Tool To Get The Job Done

Anyone who has ever undertaken a DIY renovation or construction project understands the value of having the right tools to get the job done.

Me, in front of the house I helped to build twenty years earlier, Thanksgiving 2012.

Me, in front of the house I helped to build thirty years earlier, Thanksgiving 2012.

IN THE EARLY 80s I TRAVELLED OUT WEST with my boyfriend to help his sister build a house.

Having never built anything in my twenty years of life, I soon found out that I was on a huge learning curve.

I learned plenty about building a house that year. Everything from building walls, trusses and gable ends to installing windows and running electrical wires.

But the most important lesson I took away with me was – having the right tool for the job makes all the difference.

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In the same way, you need the right ‘tools’ to connect the passion of your donors with the passion of your organization.

You will find that the ‘tool’ you’ll reach for the most, will be your listening skills.

Why?

Because if the job at hand is to connect your donors with the work of your organization, you need to tap into their passion and show them how they can achieve their dream for a better world through you.

Ask questions and listen to the answers.

  • Learn why they give to you.
  • Discover what motivates them.
  • Hear their dreams for a better world.
  • Listen to their ideas and feedback.
  • Invite conversation.
  • Stay in regular contact with them.
  • Brag about them every chance you get.

As well as providing you with the significant gifts you need to run your organization, your major donors are a great resource in providing insights, expertise and valuable feedback.

Just as the cartoon below highlights the need for the correct screw head to get the job done, you need to find what connects your donor’s passion to the work of your organization.

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Thirty years ago, I helped to build a house that still stands today, how will you use your listening skills to build strong and lasting relationships with your donors?

Today’s post was inspired by Screw heads by John Atkinson, Wrong Hands. You can find more brilliant cartoons by John Atkinson at Wrong Hands here.

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Asking For Money and Why You Need To Do It

The most satisfying investment you can make, that pays the highest dividends, is to invest in the lives of people.

 

If you don't ask, who will fight for them?

If you don’t ask, who will fight for them?

ASKING DOESN’T HAVE TO BE AWKWARD

I would like to dedicate today’s post to all the fundraisers and leaders in the non-profit world who work tirelessly to ensure that the people they care for get the support they need to be successful in life.

I TIP MY HAT TO YOU!

You do this work because you care. You do this work because you believe that you are making a real difference. You’ve seen it first-hand through the work your organization does.

You’re passionate about it and it shows on your face!

If only, it wasn’t so darn uncomfortable and awkward to ask people for money!

Asking for money can be scary. You tell yourself it’s begging and you don’t want to beg.

I get it.

I used to hate it too.

But you need to re-frame your thinking about asking.

First of all, you’re not asking for yourself.

You’re asking for your cause. You are seeking support for the people your organization helps. You are connecting people who want to help, with people who need help.

What could be more meaningful and valuable than that?

Why you need to ask…

If you don’t ask, hungry people won’t get fed.

Sick kids won’t get treatment.

Illiterate people won’t learn to read and write.

Homeless people won’t get homes.

Addicted people won’t quit using drugs.

Abused people won’t escape their abusers.

Poor people won’t rise above poverty.

Unskilled people won’t get jobs.

Important life-saving research won’t get funded.

If you don’t ask, who will fight for them?

So what’s holding you back now? Get out there and:

  • Tell the stories of the people you help
  • Show your donors how they are part of the story
  • Be sure you are clear about what you need and ask for it
  • Be grateful for their help

The purpose of this blog is to facilitate discussions that will help us all to better engage with our communities. Your participation and feedback are most welcomed and valued. Please join the discussion below.