1. In fundraising (and in managing the fundraising office), we should aim to first seek to understand. With this approach, we'll increase the likelihood of achieving our goals to advance the nonprofit organizations we work with. This short video help illustrate this concept.

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  2. In fundraising (and in managing the fundraising office), it helps to understand that none of us operates in a vacuum. With this approach, we'll increase the likelihood of achieving our goals to advance the nonprofit organizations we work with. This short video help illustrate this concept.

    Visit http://www.growingyourdonors.com/great-fundraising-videos/ to receive updates when new videos are posted.

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  3. In the first video, we talked about the importance of understanding that each of us brings a different perspective to our work. In the second video we covered systems theory – the idea that we all operate as part of a system.

    While in high school I stage managed a few shows. With the magnitude of those shows, I quickly realized that, no matter how skilled or talented I was, it would be impossible for me to run everything on my own. The second thing I realized was that every single person working with me (with the exception of the teacher) was a volunteer. They could quit.

    Team work was essential. There was certainly stress in trying to get all the pieces together for opening night – the costumes, makeup, blocking, not to mention acting. Hopefully my memory serves me correctly in thinking that we were able to manage all that in a way that built an environment of conscientiousness and an interest in supporting each other.

    You might be wondering what this has to do with Great Fundraising – let’s go back to the report from Clayton Burnett. One of the indicators they identified as enabling fundraising to thrive was Outstanding Teams – including staff being conscientious and having a willingness to support each other.

    Once we recognize the importance of operating as a team, it becomes easier to be supportive – and try to look at areas we agree on to help build that team environment.

    I hope you can join me on May 9th for a free webinar that will dive more into the report from Clayton Burnett, as well as provide a structure for understanding communication styles. Please visit my website, http://www.GrowingYourDonors.com for more information and to register (at no charge) for the webinar.

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  4. Thanks for joining me for this fourth tip in my video series – aimed towards helping you grow Great Fundraising results through increased understanding and better communication.

    In the first video, we talked about the importance of understanding that each of us brings a different perspective to our work. In the second video we covered systems theory – the idea that we all operate as part of a system. The third video was about teamwork – both being conscientious and being supportive of each other.

    We live in a fast-paced environment. Things are changing full speed ahead. We have a choice to stand our guns and keep in the same direction we’ve been headed – or we can be flexible and adapt. We can keep on learning – or we can assume we already know everything we need to know.

    Clayton Burnett’s study identified having an organizational learning culture as one of the indicators that enable fundraising to thrive. This didn’t need to consist of structured learning environments. More informal mentoring relationships were also able to fill the need. You might be encouraged to know that strides were able to made in organizations that did not initially embrace this idea. There were significant changes that needed to happen, but once made enabled fundraising to thrive.

    Thanks for joining me in this last of my four part video series. I hope you can join me on May 9th for a free webinar that will dive more into the report from Clayton Burnett, as well as provide a structure for understanding communication styles. Please visit my website, http://www.GrowingYourDonors.com for more information and to register (at no charge) for the webinar.

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