I love this opinion piece from Sunday’s New York Times: Why Fund-Raising Is Fun. When I tell people I do nonprofit fundraising for a living, I usually get a reaction that is a mix of awe and respect. I’m told “that must be hard” and “I hate asking for money.”
Fundraising is not just “asking for money.” It’s not a one way street, not solely a “gimme” or “begging” job. There are a long list of benefits for donors, including everything from the benefits of acting altruistically, to tax benefits, to making new contacts. The most important benefit, the one that makes the biggest difference, the one that moves people to act, is that:
Through donating to a nonprofit, you are changing the world. Fundraisers make that happen.
Donating is your way to be part of something bigger than yourself. It’s your chance to make a difference in the world for people who need help. It’s how you can make an impact on nonprofit organizations that are doing important work.
So, fundraisers actually have a very fun job: we get to make things like this happen. We get to connect people to causes they believe in, and we get to ensure that people make a mark on the world. I love being a fundraiser, and I have no problem “asking for money.” In fact, instead of asking for a favor, I am demonstrating an opportunity for people to make a difference. I am grateful every day that I get to do so.
This is a great post! Thanks for sharing. So true that fundraisers aren’t just always MAKING THE ASK. While, yes, we are asking for money. The true ask is for someone to help make their community, to help improve their own neighborhood or their own world that they live in right now.
Through giving, people get a sense of purpose. It is great to be the medium through which people gain a sense of purpose and others who are impacted because of the generosity of that person.
FUNDRAISING IS FUN!
Absolutely! Instead of making the ask we are in fact facilitating a desired exchange. For making a donation is truly a two way exchange. Thanks for stopping by and for the comment!
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