4 Ways to Make the Most of the Fundraising Dog Days of December
And don't forget the printer who juggled some numbers to stay in your budget, or the mailer who moved you to the front of the line once or twice. The online designer who gave you "Cadillac work" on a "Chevy budget." The writer who provided 11 versions so you could accommodate all the segmentations your executive director wanted. And the others who only you are aware of but who made success possible.
Yes, all these people are paid for their work. But sometimes, people go beyond the paycheck just because they want you to have the best. Now is a good time to say thanks. You can't promise it will never happen again, but you can make sure they know they are appreciated. If nothing else, think of it as insurance for the next crisis; it's human nature for most of us to bend over backwards to help, especially if we know it's truly appreciated.
3. Decide what you'll learn in 2015
It's a cliché, I know, but when you stop learning, you really may as well just stop. Becoming stagnant is not only a disservice to your profession, but it's also a huge disservice to you. You deserve to learn, to expand your talents, and yes, to try and fail.
So choose one thing you want to learn. Commit to going outside your comfort zone. Write it down and put it where you — and only you — will see it, be reminded of your intention and get motivated to make it happen. This time next year, you'll be glad you did.
4. Make your own year-end gifts
Fundraisers need to be donors, including to their own employer. If you don't feel they are worthy of a contribution, you shouldn't be working there. Selfishly, you can learn a lot by seeing how other organizations treat you and how they communicate.
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.