5 Back-to-Work Supplies for Fundraisers
Set aside a corner somewhere to store your idea file; it's like James Taylor reminds us, "When you're down and troubled and you need a helping hand, and nothing, nothing is going right ... you've got a friend" — your idea file!
4. A fundraising friend
Speaking of friends, you need one. I'm not talking about the person who works with you or the person who knows nothing about fundraising. Yes, you definitely need those. But you also need a friend who is "in the business of fundraising" but doesn't work at your organization.
Why? This person is a great resource when you have an idea that sounded just great at 2 in the morning, but by 10 a.m. you are wondering if it is more likely an "undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato," as Charles Dickens memorably wrote.
Last week, I had not one, but two "great" ideas. I emailed my friend and asked her opinion. Her input was excellent in helping me decide if I should move forward.
5. A report card
OK, not literally, but you need a file or an envelope or even a shoebox where you put things you did that you are most proud of. I've said it before, and it's still true — nonprofits often don't take the time to give credit to people who deserve it. Yes, I know "there's no 'I' in team," and it's a group effort, but occasionally, it was your great idea that started the process that led to the ultimate success.
Save it — whatever "it" is. And when you are feeling unappreciated at best and useless at worst, take out your "report card" and look over your past accomplishments. You've made a difference. No, you may not have hit a home run yesterday, but you have consistently contributed to the overall success of the organization.
Pamela consults with nonprofits, helping them develop their fundraising strategy and writing copy to achieve their goals. Additionally, she teaches fundraising at two universities, hoping to inspire the next generation of fundraisers to be passionate about the profession. Previously, Pamela led the fundraising programs for nonprofit organizations. Pamela is a member of the Advisory Panel for Rogare, the fundraising think tank at Plymouth University’s Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy, a CFRE, a graduate of Wheaton College (IL) and Dominican University, and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from California Southern University. Contact Pamela at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter at @pjbarden.