A Confession — and a Challenge to Fundraisers
By the same token, strong nonprofits (whether they raise $100,000 or $100,000,000) can help each other — even indirectly. When people have a positive feeling in general about the work nonprofits do, will they be more open to responding to a request from an individual charity that does work that is viewed as important to them? It seems likely. As John F. Kennedy said, "A rising tide lifts all boats."
So, here's my request. Be known as a person in the philanthropic community who is generous with knowledge. Offer to write up a case study of something that has revolutionized your fundraising (even a small revolution counts). If you don't think you can write, contact me and tell me your story; I'm always looking for content, and I may just write it up for an article — crediting you, of course.
Offer to mentor a person beginning in fundraising. This doesn't have to be a lifelong commitment, but what about getting together every two weeks for three months to help him or her gain confidence at that first fundraising job? Or, offer to lead a roundtable at a gathering of fundraisers in your community, or at least come prepared and willing to share an example that can help others.
There is a wealth of information provided in our community that is free to use (you're reading one of them right now). Many seasoned professionals such as Willis Turner, Jeff Jowdy, Todd Baker, Mal Warwick, Jerry Huntsinger and Herschell Gordon Lewis (his fundraising work, not the gore movie genre!) have been my teachers — and they never knew it.
This old dog would love to add your name to that list. What can you share — and where can you share it — to help another fundraiser become even better at his or her work? Will you freely share it? I hope so. And thank you in advance.
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 email@example.com or follow her on Twitter at @pjbarden.