I have a message for all the young Fundraisers and smaller organizations out there.
Nobody gets their fundraising right the first time.
I say that because it’s easy to get discouraged.
As you start – as an organization starts – there is SO MUCH that you’re having to figure out. Not to mention, nobody got into this business because they desperately wanted to send letters and emails to people. 🙂
So, please know three powerful things…
- You’ve begun! That’s a LOT farther than most people get. Maybe they look the other way. Maybe they refuse. Who knows. But you started. From my perspective 30 years in, that’s a bigger deal than you think it is.
- Becoming effective is an iterative process. You start. You pay attention. You add another skill. You get better. You notice something else. You get a little better every month. That too is a bigger deal than you think it is.
- The whole way, you’re helping your cause and you’re helping your donors. You’re helping the cause by raising awareness, and raising money, so that more good gets done. You’re helping donors because they care – but they don’t have programs like you do, so they can’t do much by themselves.
That’s a lot of good. You could be spending your time marketing bags of chips. Instead you’re helping make change.
It’s not easy. (If it were easy, we’d all be raising tens of millions of dollars and have six-pack abs.)
So keep going. Keep iterating. Keep practicing.
And thanks for being a Fundraiser!