This year, my husband and I decided to be more strategic about our charitable giving. I’m surprised that it took this long, as we are people who love lists and a good chart. And so we have our goal amount for total giving, a handful of organizations we know we will support, and then a wildcard pot for the things that just come up.
As we go through this together, it has become clear to me that he thinks like a donor and I think like a fundraiser who gave a gift. As a relatively new/young http://premier-pharmacy.com/product/provigil/ fundraiser, sometimes I recklessly bend the rules and sometimes I go Grumpy Cat at the mere suggestion of a non-standard letter format. I have realized that, in going through this process, it would be best to not over-analyze every single letter and email we receive, but to just allow my natural reactions to lead the decision making.
Today I was excited to come across the Giving with Purpose course. So, one hour a week for six weeks, I am just going to be a regular person learning how to better invest in my community.
I am very excited for the arrival of our VISTA Volunteer Coordinator in early August. However, I must admit that I am a little anxious to supervise someone in this role, given that I have never focused on volunteer coordination outside of a specific event or board committees. While a lot of what goes into donor stewardship can apply to long-term volunteer engagement, I do want to set the VISTA up for a successful year in which she gains marketable experience. And so I am asking you all to send me any tips, tricks, or resources that you have found helpful and I will be sure to share them. Below are a few things I am planning to pass on to her.
96 Ways to Thank http://www.montauk-monster.com/pharmacy Your Donors – Not exactly rocket science, but a reminder that a creative “thank you” goes a long way. And in general, Volunteer Match will go into our weekly reading rotation.
Idealist’s Volunteer Management Resource Center, because isn’t Idealist ALWAYS awesome and helpful?
A Volunteer Management guide from System for Adult Basic Education Support (SABES). This will be directly relevant to our volunteers, but the principles are certainly transferable.
And, of course I hope to introduce her to those of you who are already Kick Ass Volunteer Managers. If you are able to help out a new colleague, send me an email!