Show Some Love
When I was first hired as the editor of the not-yet-in-existence FundRaising Success, editors of some of the sister publications in our parent company warned me that it would be very difficult to get people to open up about strategy and numbers, etc. But that has never been the case. In the hundreds of stories over the 90 print issues and countless e-letters we've produced since November 2003, only one person declined my request to write for us because he felt he shouldn't be "giving away" advice he thought fundraisers should pay him for. Everyone else has been happy to share his or her experiences and expertise. That speaks to the kind of folks this industry attracts.
That's why I love this issue. It pains me not to be able to honor every person who was nominated. And for every winner, there are hundreds of others who could just as easily qualify. I hope you enjoy reading about our winners as much as we did. I also hope you'll take a moment to pat yourself on the back and maybe do the same for some of your colleagues. The work you all do can be gruelling. But it's so important. From the FS staff … thank you.