I Got to Engage. Now It's Your Turn!
We all have a habit of going to work, doing our jobs and then going home. Have you thought of truly engaging with others? Ask questions, and learn why donors give to meeting face to face with them. Seek peers of various backgrounds and experience levels in order to learn new techniques. Read what others have to say about the profession, future trends and ways to improve your personal and organizational performance.
While I have been in this career for many years, I still get excited when I learn something new. The fundraising world is a painting involving art and science. Many variables affect our success that are out of our control. Communication and education is vital to acquisition, retention and long-term support for those in and out of your organization. In my opinion, you have no choice but to engage with others starting today!
As I left Philadelphia and the 2014 Engage Conference, I smiled as I walked down the street on a beautiful evening. The conference validated the fact that Fundraising Success is an outstanding tool for everyone in our profession. The professionals who work for the organization are dedicated to the advancement of our profession. I look forward to the 2015 Engage Conference, and I hope you look forward to my future weekly blogs. We are all in this together.
F. Duke Haddad, EdD, CFRE, is currently associate director of development, director of capital campaigns and director of corporate development for The Salvation Army Indiana Division in Indianapolis, Indiana. In addition, he is also president of Duke Haddad and Associates, LLC, and freelance instructor for Nonprofit Web Advisor.
He has been a contributing author to NonProfit PRO for the past 13 years.
He received his doctorate degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis on education administration, master’s degree from Marshall University with an emphasis in public administration and a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in business administration, with an emphasis in marketing/management. He has also done post graduate work at the University of Louisville.