Butter Over Too Much Toast: Managing the One-Person Nonprofit Fundraising Shop
Principle 7 of The Eight PrinciplesTM is Renew & RefreshTM. By first renewing the commitment of those who already believe in you, then reaching out to bring others into the fold, you build a foundation and structure of fundraising that will weather even the foulest economic winds.
Now do those endless tasks have a little more definition in your mind? Look at them through the lens of either donor retention or donor acquisition. How do they appear? Think of a few that have now dropped from the "must" to the "if there's time" category. Perhaps others have dropped off the list altogether.
At the end of our conversation, Lisa sighed an audible sound of relief. I've asked her to let me know when she's reorganized her "to do" list and to share it with me. I can hardly wait!
I extend my thanks and very best wishes to Lisa. Assuming she follows through, Lisa will be looking backward to goals achieved as the year rolls on.
Let me hear from you concerning your particular situation and the challenges you face in developing sustainable revenue streams. Email me (info@TheEightPrinciples.com), and I'll arrange a brief consult providing you with a practical solution. I'll choose some of these thorny obstacles to share, along with my insights, in upcoming columns.
Success is waiting. Go out and achieve it!
Larry believes in the power of relationships and the power of philanthropy to create a better place and transform lives.
Larry is the founder of The Eight Principles. His mission is to give nonprofits and philanthropists alike the opportunity to achieve their shared visions. With more than 25 years of experience in charitable fundraising and philanthropy, Larry knows that financial sustainability and scalability is possible for any nonprofit organization or charitable cause and is dependent on neither size nor resources but instead with the commitment to create a shared vision.
Larry is the author of the award-wining book, "The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising." He is the Association of Fundraising Professionals' 2010 Outstanding Development Executive and has ranked in the Top 15 Fundraising Consultants in the United States by the Wall Street Business Network.
Larry is the creator of the revolutionary online fundraising training platform, The Oracle League.
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