Being nice pays off. And for many of us, it's just the right thing to do.
When I was laid off in January and in the midst of a job search, I would say this often. I seriously felt that being nice to people had paid off for me as I had so much much support and so many invitations to interview. Sure, I feel that I am a great fundraiser, but who wants to hire someone good at something if they are not a good person?
In fundraising one would just assume that fundraisers are nice. At least to donors.
Unfortunately that is not always the case.
It doesn't take a lot of energy to be nice. I actually believe it takes more energy to not be nice.
So what does being nice look like?
Respect everyone. Donors, staff, clients, volunteers.
Rock it with real kindness. To everyone I just listed above.
Do what you say you're going to do. If you can't do something, don't say you will.
Return a call or email within the same day.
Say thank you. Say it often.
Don't judge. We never really know what is going on with someone. I try to allow folks to have tough moments, offering any help is always good to.
Assume the best intent. Not easy, and it totally makes a difference.
Now that I have written all of this I realize that we all know when we're showing kindness and being nice and when we're not. It's pretty clear.
Our kindness pays off big time. It pays of for us, for our non-profit, for our mission and for those we serve.
Thanks for reading.