Agency or Organization? Tips From Someone Who Made the Move
In looking to my next move, the opportunity that CDR Fundraising Group presented to me was a perfect fit. It's a big move for an organization person to go to the consulting side. The perceptions of both sides are joked about and ingrained in how we talk to ourselves as an industry, but I never let myself feel I was going to "the dark side." I saw the opportunity with our clients like Toys for Tots, MADD and Wounded Warrior Project to be a chance to partner with some fantastic organizations and blue-chip brands, and offer whatever I could from my learnings (and failings) at ASPCA to make a difference. I'm happy to say that is exactly what's happened.
So, I'm a fundraiser having a mid-life crisis. And that's perfectly fine with me.
I am taking time to look around, lift my head and find REAL people who really want to change the world. And people smart enough to do it. Join me in this fun journey. I have no idea where we will end up - and that is the beauty of it. I'm nonprofit passionate, a hopeful world changer, and always ready to share what I know, learn what I don't, admit when I can't, and ask the hard questions.
While you're looking around for other areas of inspiration, check out The Moth Project at themoth.org (the podcasts are AMAZING), TED talks (doesn't matter which ones - find topics that interest you) and Volunteer Voices (again - love the podcast) written by volunteers from the Peace Corps. Don't see the immediate connection to being a better fundraiser? Just listen, you'll hear the message ...