A donor cancels lunch.
The company that bought a Gala table last year said no this year.
A board member doesn't return your call.
The government grant is not going to happen.
You spilled your coffee on your keyboard.
The website got hacked!?!?
It's not always easy. I think if it were, I wouldn't love fundraising as much as I do.
Every day we might deal with one or more of what I listed above. Sometimes all of this could happen in the first hour of your day!
In my time of being a fundraiser I have walked through many a dark moment, or at least it seemed like a dark moment at the time. The reality is that people will say no sometimes. I don't think it means no, never. I think it means that at that particular time it is not good for them to give, for whatever reason.
The deal for me is that I wholeheartedly 100% believe in the mission of the organization I work for and the people who work there making sure the mission is fulfilled every day. No matter if that grant comes in or if a donor says yes or no, we are still going to have youth experiencing homelessness that need a meal or a cot to sleep on or help studying for the GED. That's what we do, and as long as I am truly committed to that and keep believing that this mission is so worthwhile, everything will fall into place.
I also reach out in tough times. I have a list of other fundraisers that I can call or email and say hey, I'm having a tough morning. Or, I just received an email from a donor and I don't know how to respond. Just reaching out and having a conversation with someone who does what I do and has experienced what I am experiencing at that moment is a huge help.
And it's important for me to support other fundraisers.
So let's rock it! Today I am working on my spring appeal and working on a lapsed donor campaign. I am also going to reach out to several donors just to check in. I have my coffee in hand, my music play list on and am ready to ROCK IT!
For all of the fundraisers reading this, thank you for what you do!
And thank you for reading!