photo courtesy Shawn Bouchard

I had the good fortune to work with Pearl F. Veenema when I lived in Toronto. We worked at a small hospital that focused on joint replacements called the Orthopaedic and Arthritic Hospital, near Church & Wellesley. The O&A Foundation staff consisted of three, and I was overseeing annual giving, events and donor clubs. It was a terrific opportunity to work with incredibly loyal donors and I learned quite a bit whilst I was there. When I left, Pearl gave me an excellent gift. She gave me four marbles. Pearl said, “Whatever you do, every day while you are a fundraiser, contact at least four donors a day. These marbles can help you mark your calls.” I’ve kept those marbles and they moved with me to Vancouver and now to Seattle. They are a great reminder of staying in touch with your donors – which is the real reason you are a fundraiser, isn’t it? If you work in a nonprofit, how do you stay focused on being in touch with your donors or connecting them with the mission of your organization?

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