Your donors aren’t fatigued, you’ve just yet to figure out how to make your cause a top priority of theirs, yet to figure out how to bring enough value to their narrative. Take 15 to ponder and uncover the value in each point below and translate it into a comparison each time you use the bullshit cop-out of “donor fatigue”.

  1. I’ve been over $10K in debt but yet at that time was never too broke to justify not investing in myself and buying a book.
  2. I barely watch movies but yet I get enough value out of Netflix that I’ve never considered cancelling my $10/month, $120/year subscription.
  3. I’ve meticulously tracked every dollar that I’ve spent on coffee over the past three years, and although it is enough to have funded a week’s vacation to an island resort, I still buy myself a coffee every day.
  4. I’ve never hesitated to financially support a close friend’s fundraiser when they’ve asked me.
  5. I’ve never walked past a kid’s summer lemonade stand without allowing them the chance to sell me on it, and give them a tip in order to cultivate their joy of giving at a young age.
  6. My anti-consumerist ideals have always led me to detest and personally protest against everything valentine’s day related, yet, I still get or do a little something special for my girlfriend each year. Even if her birthday is 3 days before it.
  7. Just before I open my mouth, I often get a little bit of anxiety about potentially sounding stupid in a meeting, yet I still force myself to ask questions and propose solutions.
  8. I sometimes feel as if I hit it off and connect naturally with other women on an organic level that one only feels, if lucky,  a few times during their lifetime, yet I still stay committed to my relationship.
  9. I hate paying into CPP, the benefits of which I’ll probably never see, yet I still recognize the importance of supporting the commons.
  10. I absolutely love scnuggling with my girl in our warm bed, yet I still force myself to get up [almost] every morning between 430-5 am.
  11. After 4 years, I still have to force myself to go out for a run, and crush my goal of running a minimum of 1000 kms per year.
  12. It sucks that my running shoes cost at least $150 per pair, yet I still replace them every 600 kms.
  13. I’ve realized that exercise is not something that I “get to do” but rather something that I “have to do” for my mental health. When I donate blood, I’m unable to exercise for at least 2 days, yet I still skip my lunch to donate every 56 days.
  14. I often come off to my peers as an extrovert, yet I am extremely introverted in the best sense of the word, yet I force myself to be in ambivert in order to cultivate relationship that allow me to bridge the gaps and silos when it comes to cultivating the joy of giving.
  15. To quote Jimmy Iovine “I’ve often felt that I’ve had to work harder than the next man, just to do as well as the next man, and in order to do better than the next man, I’d have to just kill.” So I force myself to bring more pragmatic gregariousness, passion, open-mindedness to the table, rather than feel sorry for myself. “If you don’t give me heaven, I’ll raise hell, until it’s heaven.”
May you continue to inspire your donors as you cultivate the joy of giving
AC

 

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