A Story of Cemeteries, Snowdrops and a Philanthropic Epiphany
One of the golden rules of major gift fundraising is that before you ask others for donations, you should donate yourself. Now that this has proven to be a successful step in fundraising, perhaps we should delve deeper and discover our true philanthropic selves – both roots and wings. If the memory and experience of a single gift can provide a greater level of comfort and confidence in asking others to donate, then just imagine what might happen after discovering the whole story!
As part of my approach in teaching fundraising, I always recommend such an exploration. So I thought I’d share my own ‘first step into philanthropy’ story. If you want to skip the story and head straight to the handout I developed to help you on this journey, then here’s the link: Discovering Your Philanthropic Self Template
But, if you’re interested, have a bit of time (yes, I’ve probably blown all known blog rules and written a complete story versus providing a list of bullet points), then here’s my first recollection of anything linked to both asking for donations…and, well, eventually, making one.
And, now if you’re sitting comfortably, I’ll begin…
Cemeteries, Snowdrops and a Philanthropic Epiphany
What do you want to be when you grow up? Like many children, I was asked this question by adults and becoming a fundraiser was nowhere on the radar. Continue reading