Do You Practice What You Preach?
People want to give. And you want people to give. What I realized yesterday was that it's a whole lot easier to ask for a donation when you take the time and effort to donate yourself. Giving is contagious. If I had simply stopped and given a dollar, maybe someone else would have too. Next time, I won't be so quick to move along. Dunkin' Donuts isn't going anywhere. And perhaps, if I had just taken one small moment, I could put the dollar I spent on coffee to better use.
As fundraisers, it's not only your duty to ask. It's your duty to give, too. Practice what you preach. Because if you don't make the effort to give to others, why would others bother to give to you?
Jeff Brooks, creative director at TrueSense Marketing and author of Future Fundraising Now, said it best: "If you don’t donate money to organizations yourself, then stop fundraising and go join an industry you’re willing to participate in."