My Favorite Issue!
I found out later there was more to the story that my childhood friends knew but that I wasn’t getting. No more donations came in, and I was nowhere near the total it would take so I thought it best to abandon my plans. When I explained the situation to my handful of donors, most — not surprisingly — told me to hold on to the money and find someone needy down here who could use it, which I did.
My point is this: Fundraisers are amazing people, as giving and thoughtful as they are dedicated and creative. I’ve come face to face with that truth many times since we started FS in 2003. But every time, the sheer beauty of it feels new and fresh. I’ve said it before: You people humble me, and you inspire me. For fear of sounding like a cheesy rom-com, you truly do make me want to be a better person. I aspire to your level of generosity, passion and dedication. And as I pored over the nominations in this year’s Fundraising Professionals of the Year Awards, I was reminded once again of how very blessed and grateful I am to be even a small part of what you do. Thank you.