by Willie Matis
There is only one more week of April left. Crazy how time flies! But one more week in April means there is only one more week during National Volunteer Appreciation Month.
photo credit to Good Works Blog
AFP chapters are groups RUN BY VOLUNTEERS! We would be wrong to not acknowledge all of those who help with AFP membership, programming, communications, leadership, mentorship, sponsorship, and more…
VP of Programs
Co-VPs of Membership
VP of Finance
VP of Resource Development
VP of Communications
Immediate Past President
We could not do what we do without those listed above. Also, we’d like to shout out those who may not be on the board but serve on the committee, serve as a mentor/mentee, serve as an advocate for AFP, and more. It is great to have a group who is so dedicated to not just furthering your own fundraising skills but to furthering the entire fundraising profession as a whole.
YOU ARE AMAZING!!
by Willie Matis
We are in an age where every single fundraising expert is telling us the importance of expressing IMPACT to donors. Show it through social media, tell it before an ask, and you better know how to back up your findings.
Knowing this every day, it is still hard to come up with answers to these 3 questions.
1) What exactly does the donor want to know?
2) How to I measure that impact?
3) How do I MAKE TIME to measure and show the impact?
I don’t know the answers, except maybe the last one is… “YOU BETTER MAKE TIME AND PRIORITIZE THIS.” And, the good thing is that our friends at Johnson Grossnickle + Associates have helped us bring in yet ANOTHER great speaker. Katherina Rosqueta, Founding Executive Director, Adjuct Faculty, The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania.
[Okay, if you aren’t already intimidated by her title, check out what all she’s done on the Luncheon registration page.]
Katherina knows her stuff, and so my suggestion is this.
Ms. Rosqueta has been cited in NUMEROUS publications including the Wall Street Journal, Chronicle of Philantrhopy, Money Magazine, and the International Herald Tribune. This is a can’t miss luncheon, and please note the DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE!
So, back to where I started. What is the hardest thing to express to donors? Impact. You may be able to choose a statistic, but do you know how to back it up? Is this the impact that is going to pull a donor closer to the mission?
I don’t know, but Katherina Rosqueta probably will. Hope to see you at the Luncheon, registration CLOSES ON FRIDAY, APRIL 11TH.
by Willie Matis
Last week, I received an email from our VP of Membership, Morgan Hoover, CFRE. It was about our mentorship program, but what stuck out to me most was the very first line she wrote.
“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher” – Oprah Winfrey
I thought to myself…
1) Why would you NOT listen to Oprah?
2) That is some GREAT advice.
The Indiana Chapter of AFP is already a great group of people of whom you should surround yourself. There are members from the entire gamut of fundraising. I could go on a Dr. Seuss-like scope with “some are small, some are tall…” about the range of fundraiser who are members, but what I really want to stress is that by becoming a member of AFP, you can tap into each and every one of these people.
To expand even more on surrounding yourself with people who are going to lift you higher is our Mentor Program.
Are you wanting to be a mentee? You can be paired up with someone who is willing to dive in DEEP with you as a fundraiser. They will not only show you the ropes, they will help you when you climb into the ring. There is a countless variety of experiences that happen to us fundraisers, and if your mentor DOESN’T know the answer to a question, they most likely have a contact who does.
Are you wanting to be a mentor? FANTASTIC! A benefit other than being a donor of time is that you may gain a fresh perspective when finding answers to the questions coming from someone who is new to the game. People always say that a fresh pair of eyes helps, and your mentee can be just that.
Please consider being a part of the program by becoming a mentee or mentor.
Sign up by clicking here.
Questions about the program, please contact Leslie Kidwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 317-274-1496.