The Closet Fundraiser — It's Time to Officially Come Out
My guess is many of you have felt the same way at one time or another. It’s time for that to stop. Here goes: I am a proud nonprofit fundraiser. There, I said it.
Much like each of you, during my career I have directed the strategic planning and implementation of numerous direct-marketing fundraising campaigns that have helped some of the most respected organizations in the world establish identities, build strong brands, win critical victories, and inspire hundreds of thousands of individuals to support meaningful causes with both their voices and their dollars.
As fundraisers, we do good work. Important work. Some might even say God’s work.
We are strategic, innovative, and have adapted to the times with little training and education. We keep the lights on and the doors open even in the face of volatile economies. We provide essential funding to house people, feed children and care for abused pets even when our government fails us. We make positive and lasting change.
Things have certainly changed since my journey began. Long gone are the days when you gave “nonprofit manager” as your profession. You can’t find a college or university these days that doesn’t offer some sort of nonprofit fundraising program or class. Fundraising is an accepted and essential part of the world we live in. Fundraisers are talented professions, and very special people. And good fundraisers are in demand.
I for one am glad I stumbled upon this profession. Come out and be proud with me.