Observations From the Bottom of the Pool
Make it fun
My favorite swimming "tool" is my SwimP3 — a nifty little gadget that lets me listen to my favorite songs as I stare at that uninspiring pool bottom. Learn to laugh at work if you aren't already doing so. Celebrate small victories, and be your own best cheerleader. Remember that fundraising starts with "fun." No matter how serious your mission, having fun at your work is allowed.
Whether you're dog-paddling in your fundraising career, a gold-medal fundraiser or somewhere in between like this old dog, enjoy your work today. It truly does matter.
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.