Fundraising Resolution No. 2: Get Organized
I frequently had quarterly reviews with my team just to go over goals and make sure everyone was still tracking on them. When no one did this accountability touchstone for me, I forced myself to review my goals and my progress every three months. Otherwise, annual review time came (or didn’t, on occasion), and I was no closer to accomplishing what I intended than I had been 12 months earlier.
Keeping focused on your goals can also help avoid committing to accomplishing the impossible. If you are looking at that goal every day for 365 days, you will quickly know if you have overcommitted. And it’s better to regroup sooner rather than later if it impacts your fundraising success (and career success, at times, as well).
Hopefully your year-end fundraising efforts are humming along well, and you have a time to catch your breath and reflect on all the great things you have made possible through your dedication to fundraising. Take it from this old dog — you’ve done great in 2013! And together, let’s resolve to make 2014 another exciting year for 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.