Fundraising & data peeps! This is where our worlds collide.
Your fundraiser is one of the most pivotal events of the year. Yes it’s an experience, a way to bring supporters in and tell the story of why we do this work.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t stressful AF. Plus, we’ve got those deliverables to worry about.
What I love about fundraisers is how the back-end stuff often tells its own story. There are valuable lessons for us all – fundraisers, EDs, marketing & data wizards – on what drives supporters & how best to make these events replicable. We just need the right metrics.
Anyone who regularly works with spreadsheets knows the anguish of screwing up said spreadsheets.
It usually goes like this. You’re powering through – filtering, sorting, formulating – until you notice that one row of data looks off. After frantically checking a few more rows, it hits you. Something went wrong in your manipulations, and now you need to start from scratch.
Spreadsheets are great, but they have also destroyed many a nonprofit worker’s day. Fortunately, we can do things to reduce the chance of this happening…and keep calm when it inevitably does.
If you won the lottery and left your job tomorrow, could your org pick up where you left off?
If you’re thinking NOPE, then this one’s for you. Let’s get into it.
When we talk about doing mission-driven work, we hardlyever talk about documenting it al. That’s cause when you’re already so busy, this can be a drag! Documentation is the grunt work of event-planning with all the thrill of watching paint dry.
Writing this post, I was skeptical this would even make for an interesting topic.
But we can’t just ignore this topic! Drudgery aside, documentation is key to how we make a lasting impact at work. Plus I’m in documentation purgatory right now. …so I can personally attest, this task is so worth your while to do early. 😇
When I first started working, I LOVED meetings. They were my chance to hear from folks higher up the chain about what the heck was going on at my org! Plus, I wasn’t that busy…back then.
4 years later & everything’s changed. I’m a seasoned grump that has way too much on her plate, which means I’m dodging calendar invites like Leon from the Matrix. If that’s even his name. Is that his name?