Valentine's Day for fundraisers - showing yourself the love

Thank you!

Valentine Day for nonprofit fundraisers
As a fundraiser for a nonprofit cause, you are changing the world. Making it a better place.

We need people like you!

Loving the askers

If we're good at fundraising, we spend considerable time thinking about how to best thank our donors. We throw galas, write notes, set up tours and appointments with the Executive Director. This is perfectly appropriate as they are the ones that fund what we do.

But today I want to say thanks to you, the asker. The #1 reason anyone makes a gift is because they're asked. They are asked.

How do you say thanks to yourself? As you know, precious few will do it for you. I'm not moaning or griping when I say that. It's just the way it is in most charities.

Don't let it be that way today.

Today, show yourself some love

Today do something to thank yourself:

  • give yourself a pat on the back,
  • watch the brief thank you to fundraisers video I recorded in June
  • write yourself a Valentine's note and send it in the mail
  • call and leave yourself a voicemail thanking your self for the great work you're doing.
  • or do something far more creative.

It's up to you. You're changing the world. Be sure to stop and say thanks.

Tell us about your Valentine to yourself

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About Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman is the CEO of The Concord Leadership Group, the author of Ask Without Fear! and director of The Nonprofit Academy. A coach to leaders around the world, Marc's expertise and enthusiasm engages audiences and has caught the attention of media organizations as diverse as Al Jazeera and Fox News. Marc’s experience also includes pastoring a Vineyard church, managing a gubernatorial campaign, and teaching internet marketing and fundraising at colleges and universities. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook.
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  1. The way I say thanks to myself is to treat myself to some FUN! It might be indulging in a good book (NOT something work related) or spending an afternoon with a favorite hobby. The benefit is that this kind of treat recharges my batteries while I'm enjoying my self indulgence!

    Sandy Rees

What would you add?