May 15, 2010

After a workshop I delivered recently, a participant emailed me this note:

“I hate to admit it but I had become lethargic in fundraising in the last year. The cause for my lethargy… knowing in my heart that we had been taking the wrong approach to cultivating donor relationships, and feeling like it was too big to change. Or, rather, too…exhausting to find the ideas and the voice to communicate how to change it.

“I came home [from your presentation] feeling charged and ready to speak up with passion about making changes in my organization…”

We all feel lethargic sometimes. We all get frustrated by what we suspect or know is “wrong.” And realizing what it takes to make change can be so very overwhelming. I feel all this at times.

But if we keep stimulating ourselves…maybe it’s a particular blog or book. If we keep looking for inspiration…maybe it’s a particular donor or colleague who says just the right thing at the right time…. Then each of us can renew our passion, speak up, and lead change.

Filed under: Leadership

About Simone Joyaux

A consultant specializing in fund development, strategic planning, and board development, Simone P. Joyaux works with all types and sizes of nonprofits, speaks at conferences worldwide, and teaches in the graduate program for philanthropy at Saint Mary’s University, MN. Her books, Keep Your Donors and Strategic Fund Development, are standards in the field.

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