Are you a visionary? Or do you prefer to spend your time in the here and now, solving problems and getting on with things? Achieving a balance between 'dreaming' about a desired future state and living in the current state is difficult. Many of us have a strong inclination towards one or the other...very few of us are able to achieve and sustain a balance between the two.
When the New England Patriots went to the Super Bowl in 2002, they did something that no other team has done before: Before the game, when every other team introduces its starters individually, New England came out as a team.
Are you the one that everyone looks to as the star fundraiser in your organization? Do you provide the leadership and create the excitement for which your advancement or development office is searching? If so, great! Keep up the good work and send us some of your success stories so that we can include them in the Fundraising Free Press as an inspiration for our readers in the weeks and months ahead.
I feel sorry for people who have never learned how to celebrate the ordinary; who live their lives under the sad illusion that happiness is just beyond their fingertips. "As soon as I find my soul mate... get out of debt... find a better job... then I'll be happy."
Fundraising is a profession that requires a broad variety of skills. As development professionals, we must have a great deal of poise, polish, and tact. We have very personal discussions with prospects about very significant investments in our organizations. Much of our success relies upon impressing the prospect with our professionalism and forging a true friendship between them and the organization.
Topics: Campaign Feasibility and Planning Studies, Capital Campaigns, Communications and Networking, Fundraising Principles, professional development, professional fundraisers, Professional Skill Building, professional skill building