Two polite "no's" in one week.
From potential corporate partners.
No nice letter. No phone call. All we get is a generic email saying what many others say these days: too many requests and not enough money.
The yearend appeal campaign is about to begin. (see previous post)
"After supporting you for several years we have decided to support someone else".
There are a ton of books and blogs out there telling me how, as a fundraiser, I can keep going and rock it no matter what happens.
And I agree. I am nothing if I lose my confidence in me as a fundraiser.
I can rock it.
Bring me your "no". Bring me your "maybe later". Bring me your generic response. Bring me a tough economy.
I will succeed. I believe in myself as a fundraiser. I believe in myself as a creator of life-long partnerships that sincerely matter and that honestly benefit both sides.
We can have tough moments, maybe even bad, discouraging moments. Let's not turn those into tough or bad days. We are fundraisers. We can rock it.
So turn on Lady Gaga's "Edge of Glory", tweet to one of your favorite folks on Twitter who is also a fundraiser, and make the personal decision that today you are going to ROCK IT!
Thanks for reading. I am totally grateful.