Hello world!


My name is Erik Anderson and I am an internal fundraising consultant for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. This is really nothing more than a fancy way of saying I work with local affiliates by helping them improve their resource development / fundraising / organizational development practices.
 
Over the last few years, I’ve obsessed about what does it truly mean to be a “donor centered” resource development profession. While I’ve been able to educate myself through reading books and websites and other blogs, I often find that I learn more about being donor centered simply through my interactions with donors. For this reason, I’ve decided to start this blog that I’ve titled “Donor Dreams.”  It is my hope that by sharing stories (anonymously of course) that I’ve heard from donors (with their permission of course) , I can help inspire others to change their paradigm and become more “donor centered.”
 
I also hope to share random thoughts inspired from my readings and stories from readers of this blog.
 
To get us started, here is a link to a great story from Gift Hub about the general idea of being donor centered: http://www.gifthub.org/2010/01/donor-centered-philanthropy-state-of-the-game.html. Enjoy the reading!
 
So, I am at the beginning and find myself very excited because every exciting journey starts with this same first step.
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About DonorDreams

Erik got his start working in the non-profit field immediately upon graduation with his masters degree in 1994. His non-profit management and fundraising experience numbers nearly 20 years. His teachable point of view around resource development is influenced by the work of Penelope Burk and those professionals subscribing to a "donor centered" paradigm. Donors have dreams and it is our responsibility to be dream-makers because donors are not ATMs.

Posted on February 16, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hello Erik,

    We’d love to hear more from the donor’s point of view! If you’d like to send a guest post, please contact us!

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