Giving is not always its own reward. Sometimes you have to help it along. I just read an article by Scott Monty, who has a pithy take on the digital world. His newsletter is not nonprofit specific, however it is certainly relevant to anyone working in the social benefit sector. In this particular article he…Details
My daughter-in-law is interviewing for a job. She asked me for some advice. Here is what I found myself telling her:
Don’t focus on your needs. Focus on the employer’s needs.
Why are they hiring?
What problems do they need you to solve?
Which of your skills are they particularly looking for? Can you describe to them how you might use these skills to help them?
Can you give a specific example, perhaps by telling a story, showing exactly how you’ll help them?
Are you clear what their values are?
CAN YOU DESCRIBE HOW YOU AND YOUR WOULD-BE EMPLOYER (DONOR) SHARE THESE VALUES?
I realized this is the exact same advice I give to fundraisers.
Meet your donors’ needs.
This is the heart of all effective fundraising, and it should be your daily mantra.
“Today I will meet my donor’s need by…”
Before you engage in any fundraising strategy, ask yourself:Details
I hate jargon. With a passion.
Hate it. Hate it. Hate it.
Just. Can’t. Stand. It!
Yes, I guess you could call it a pet peeve.
But, really, why would you ever use jargon if you wanted to truly communicate with someone?
Just check out the definition:
“language used by a particular group of people, especially in their work, and which most other people do not understand”
— Cambridge dictionary.
Jargon = Failure to Communicate
When you talk to people in words they don’t understand, really, what’s the point?
Are you just trying to make yourself look smart?
Because, trust me, that’s not how it comes across.Details