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Every Fundraiser Needs Grace

I wrote earlier about how every fundraiser needs Grit, Grace and Gratitude. Today I’m diving into the attribute of grace. If you’ve been a fundraiser for any length of time, you know there are times when you need grace.   It might be grace under pressure (“Don’t...

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Great Fundraisers Need Grit

I keep this little poster framed in my office – I believe "Grit, Grace & Gratitude" perfectly sum up what it takes to be a great fundraiser – it’s why I pin it to my Twitter bio. The term “grit” isn’t new, but it received a lot of press when Angela Duckworth...

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Moving from Fairness to Openness

By Beth Ann Locke and Jen Love. This was first posted on SOFII.org on March 22, 2017.  What a great discussion to champion, thank you, SOFII! These most certainly are conversations we have amongst ourselves – as women, as fundraisers, as mothers and partners, mentors...

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A Call to Open-Heartedness

Now is the time for you and I to be open-hearted. The U.S. election happened. Maybe you were angry before. Maybe you are angry now. In the wake of the election, I’ve noticed no shortage of finger pointing, hand wringing and “you people” vitriol. Now is the moment to...

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All the gifts my first boss gave me…

  At times, you only understand how good a thing is when you look back on it. Such is the case with the boss in my very first job - Cliff Sanderlin. My first fundraising job was at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. What a great mission, what great...

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Joy at Work

I love being a fundraiser and I always say that, for me, fundraising isn't a job but a calling. So I got excited listening to Shankar Vedantam's recent podcast, "How to Build a Better Job," where he interviewed Amy Wrzesniewski, Ph.D., Professor of Organizational...

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Hi there, I’m Beth Ann


For me, fundraising is a calling.
I enjoy everything about being a fundraiser. Working with a team, working with donors, finding connections, building trust, and welcoming the heartfelt gifts of donors inspires me.

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