Follow Your Passionate Heart
"We get by with a little help from our friends..."
John Lennon and Paul McCartney
I just got back from the three-day Inspired Fundraising Retreat 2017. To say it made an impact on me would be a gross understatement. Imagine yourself in a room of nearly 100 passionate people, each representing a small to medium-sized nonprofit. Each works with different missions and different types of clients. Some focus on helping people move beyond poverty. Some help children in the U.S. or other parts of the world. Some are faith-based. Some focus on veterans. Others focus on providing shelter and adoption for animals of all ages. Some help people learn job skills. Others focus on helping those with special needs. Some of the organizations represented were just getting started. Some had been in existence for many years.
It was a really diverse group of people and organizations. But they all had several things in common that became apparent almost immediately:
· They all want to do good works in whatever arena they'd envisioned
· They all are incredibly passionate and determined
· They are all generous and cared about others (including each other)
· They all have inspirational stories to tell about what their organization has done or is doing for their clients (humans and animals)
· They all are determined to survive and thrive
Yes, this was a conference about fund-raising in nonprofit organizations, but it was about so much more. It awed me to see so many people who share their programs daily with their clients. People who are determined to improve some small part of our world. These are people making a difference.
Sandy Rees, a friend and colleague of mine from Get Fully Funded, put on this conference to share practical information and to give the participants opportunities to learn and practice what they learned. They learned to improve and share everything from their "elevator speeches" about their organization, to how to take care of their donors, to how to increase their fund-raising so that they could do more good works. They learned how to plan their fund-raising, and how to evaluate its success. One organization won a $1000 grant from Sandy in a Shark Tank-like competition.
Another coach and I were there to help explain the concept of mindset and how important it is to success or failure. Most importantly, we were there to help them learn practical strategies for harnessing their mindset so that if they do have any mindset limitations getting in the way, they'd know how to do something about them.
I'll be following up with just about everybody I talked with, to help them begin the process of getting rid of the mindset limitations through a one-to-one phone call I offered anybody who was interested. For free. That's not because I'm so wonderful, but it's because I felt it was the least I could do. In the face of so much dedication, passion, and hard work, I want to help support these people and their organizations.
While you may not work in a nonprofit organization, I'll bet you give to causes you believe in. I only hope you understand just how very important your support is. No matter how much or how little you give, it makes a difference. A big difference. It may save someone's life. It may make someone's life a bit better. You contributions may be combined with others to keep supporting that organization's programs and clients. It will be put to good use. If you can't help financially, you can offer to volunteer your time. Nonprofits and their programs depend on the kindness of strangers as well as friends. What better way to go from being a stranger to becoming a friend?
In this world, which is so divided, supporting organizations that have the good of others in their mind and actions is a great way to do your small part to help a small corner of the world to heal. If we each do our part and join with others for the good of our world or small portion of it, we all can make a difference.
If you want to make a difference, but aren't sure what organization to donate your time or money to, feel free to contact me at Linda@InnerResourceCenter.com or call me at (865) 983-7544. We can talk about what types of causes you are most drawn to, and hopefully, I can help you figure out how you can make a difference.
Linda Pucci, Ph.D. is a personal and business coach in Maryville, TN. Nineteen years ago, she created a vision that brought her across the country to create a new business and a new chapter to her life. She has spent nearly 40 years helping people overcome their obstacles to living a satisfying and successful life, first as a psychologist, and later as a personal/business coach. For more information go to http://www.InnerResourceCenter.com to find resources to transform YOUR life.
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