This week I participated as a panelist for an “All-Star Major Gifts Workshop and Symposium.”
My friend John Bryan organized the event, which brought together about 20 world-class fundraising professionals to talk about their craft to a crowd of about 80 Richmond-area non-profit CEOs, development officers and board members. John asked me to talk for five minutes on the topic of “Front-Line Loneliness.”
As a newbie to the fundraising craft, I was a fish out of water. I’ve been grateful for John’s guidance and support as I’ve tried to learn over the past couple of years. When we met a few weeks ago, I confessed to John that loneliness is one of my greatest struggles in raising money for Belltower Pictures’ first film. John said he and every other fundraising professional he knows experience loneliness in the task from time to time. So he asked me to take part in the symposium and talk about loneliness and how to overcome it.
The work is not finished. I’m still trying to figure it out. But here’s what I said: Continue reading Three things loneliness in the fundraising task has taught me