A Fundraising Blueprint for Small Nonprofits
ST: “I’m always a big believer in having fun. That’s my big belief. And when it stops being fun, I start moving on. But both Kirsten and Gayle tied into it very nicely because if you start with something you’re good at, you’re usually enjoying it because you’re better at it.
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“[Going back to] Gayle’s point about reaching out to other people and developing a support network: Usually those of us who are in fundraising are the weirdos at our organizations. We’re just the oddballs because we actually like doing this on some level, some aspect of this.
“And finding those other weirdos in your community — sometimes it’s even better to do it across country; there are Facebook groups, there are professional associations, there are informal ad hoc things, there’s coaching and consultants, whatever — finding people that you can call up when you’re at a high or a low and just say, ‘Remind me, I’m not crazy, right? Or if I’m crazy, I’m not the only one who’s crazy this way.’ And that can really help you avoid the burnout that’s talked about in the study called ‘Underdeveloped’ that talks about how 50 percent of CEOs want to fire their fundraisers and 75 percent of the fundraisers want to quit. That doesn’t have to be a reality.”