I have been fundraising for several years. When I tell people I am meeting for the first time what I do for a living, they usually say something about fundraising.
"I would hate to have to beg for money all of the time" is a common response.
There are some people who actually believe that. When I respond with something like "well, I don't beg" then the immediate response is usually "oh, I know" and then they try to explain their original response.
I don't take it as an insult, I simply want to correct them.
You see, as a fundraiser I am in the relationship business. I don't need to beg or keep my fingers crossed for a check or think about how much someone is going to give me when I am meeting them. I am always focused on building a lifelong relationship with someone, a group of people, a foundation or a business.
All I think about is their vision and our vision and how those two visions meet to potentially create an amazing relationship that benefits them and us.
It's that simple.
Many times I say that I am keeping my eye on the prize. The prize is the relationship. And I always remember that an amazing relationship between me and our donors and supporters can only make our agency stronger and only be better for our mission.
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