An Open Letter to Fundraisers Everywhere

Avoid Fundraiser BurnoutDear Fundraiser,

Your life right now is deeply unfair.

While everyone else is getting ready for the holidays and taking time off, you and your fundraiser colleagues are:

  • Making calls to follow-up on your end-of-year solicitations
  • Closing that six-figure gift the donor has been talking about since January (or trying to!)
  • Running reports five times a day to see where you are against your goals and to determine who has not yet renewed this year
  • Working with brokers to facilitate securities transfers (my favorite are the brokers who call at noon on December 31st for the transfer information)
  • Drafting that government grant proposal that is horrifyingly due at midnight on the last day of the year
  • Making sure your website is working, the donation pages are up, and all of your emails, Facebook posts, and tweets look great
  • Trying to keep your Executive Director and Board calm while taking care of all of the above
  • Literally hundreds of additional tasks

You’re lonely. You’re stressed. You’re overworked.

In fact, you’re exhausted. But you can’t rest for a second. December is too important. You need to lean in even more to be sure every dollar that can be raised to help your clients comes through your doors.

I totally get it. I’ve been there many times.

And it’s not JUST December. If you’re reading this at some other time, we all know burnout can hit you any time of the year.

What you need right now is to get back your fundraising groove. You need to reach a place emotionally where you can really kick some ass these final few days of the year.

So if you’re feeling like you just want to crunch a candy cane and take a nap under your desk, here are my top three tips for getting a second wind and raising more money than you ever thought possible.

Here’s how to avoid fundraiser burnout and get your fundraising groove back.

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