Don’t Endorse Me for Fundraising
It was necessary to take a short break from writing. Home and family responsibilities had my schedule quite tied up. Another rabbit hole that sucked up a huge chunk of time occurred when I was asked by a friend to help raise money for a charity event. The event is fun. The cause is worthy. I was brought in to ask my contacts and others to purchase sponsorship packages. I failed miserably and was wildly successful at the same time.
Failing miserably means raising very few dollars. Contacting friends and business associates and asking for money is a sticky business. No, I am not very good at it. I’ve been retired from my business for over 4 years now. Most of my business contacts have long forgotten me. While I dutifully sent out emails and made phone calls that went to voice messages, I was astonished at how few people – zero, in fact – had the courtesy to respond. I get it. You’re busy.
Then there was the team I was working with on the fundraising side. They had asked me to join them and gave me little instructions. Left to my own devices, I tackled the situation with my own plan. I researched different ways to market the packages looking for new and creative approaches. Talking to people in different fields to gather information, I learned most companies have their favorite charity and if you’re not on their list now, it’s difficult to acquire a spot. Later, I would discover other team members, who I had no knowledge even existed, tackled some of the same areas I was working in and I was chided for encroaching on “their” territory.
Of course, as I noted above that I was wildly successful too. Yep, this wasn’t a task that suited my skill set, but by giving it a try, I’m certain I’ll never be asked to do it again and I’ll be able to put that time to much better use. And, these days, that’s a BIG win.