Fire Starters Blog
Boldness, clarity and wisdom for fundraising professionals
I find myself, and some of my coaching clients, focusing on getting things PERFECT before finishing a task.
Do you find it’s sometimes hard to focus. The firehose of deadlines, event planning, meeting follow-up – so much to do and it feels like you’re always running short on time, money, and help. It’s easy to fall into negativity and complain. But it’s not productive.
As you decide whether or not you’ll meet your fundraising goals this year, or whether or not to make that major gift ask, or why to shift your communication to be more engaging, or focus on creating a culture of philanthropy remember change takes focus and work. But it doesn’t have to be so hard.
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.
A few weeks ago I attended a fundraising committee meeting for a nonprofit organization that has had their budget shrink to less than half of what it was two years ago. My role was to listen, provide candid feedback, and to share any resources I had to move things forward.