A Pre-Holiday Gift for Fundraisers: More Time
Take advantage of your suppliers, and ask questions. You will generally find that the partners you work with want to help you raise more income and judiciously spend money. Rather than dictating specifications, for example, ask the supplier what he or she has been using most effectively or what would be the best option within your budget. If you are wondering something but don't have time to ask about it, you can jot it down and follow up later. The more you know, the faster things seem to go, so never hesitate to ask.
I feel your pain. I mean it. This old dog has often been in the "no-time-gotta-figure-it-out-and get-it-done mode" many times. But I have also had quieter moments when I could have taken a few steps to make the next panic period a bit easier — if I could only remember what it was that ate up precious time.
So don't worry — I won't be offended if you put a copy of this article in your "things to do when I have a free minute" file. Sometimes there just isn't enough time to do something that will free up more time. But a calmer day is coming. At least that's what's keeping me sane these days.
Here's to year-end fundraising that exceeds all expectations — and a few days in January when we can all recharge and remember why we love the business of fundraising.
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.