Fire Starters Blog

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What You See is What You Get

What You See is What You Get

If you begin your day with the statement “I’ve got way too much to do” and you state that over and over again is there any opportunity for your thoughts of overwhelm to dissipate?

If you start your day with the statement “We have the best donors, volunteers or staff,” it’s surprising what you notice all day long.

Alone IS Harder

Alone IS Harder

There is one thing I’m certain of: YOU are doing the best you can. You juggle more tasks than other departments or jobs at your organization. Much of what you do is invisible to others: update donor information, write grant proposals, do research on donors, schedule meetings, and, and.

Knowing What to Say to Get the Gift

Knowing What to Say to Get the Gift

Isn’t this one of the things that scares you the most about fundraising: Knowing what to say to get the gift?
The same goes for the marriage proposal or the sales pitch in business.
Knowing or not knowing what to say tends to trip us up. Then we become paralyzed or just skip making the ask altogether.