Fundraising is like a fine wine

2013-03-11_10-56-44_547As you know, last week I re-ran five of the most viewed DonorDreams blog posts because I needed to take a break. What I didn’t tell readers is that the break was really a week-long vacation to see old friends and visit California’s Sonoma County wine country for the second time in my life. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit California wine country, then you have to add it to your “bucket list”. It was spectacular!

So, here I am . . . sitting at my desk . . . first day back . . . struggling with the idea of getting back in the saddle again.

As I reflect back on the last week, I can honestly say that visiting wineries invoked lots of thought about fundraising such as:

  • Cultivation
  • Stewardship
  • Patience
  • Aging

So, I’ve decided that on my first day back at my desk, I will share a few vacation pictures with you as well as a few links from a Google search focused on the terms “wine” and “fundraising”.  Cheers!

Jus a few results from Google search

Mmmmm . . . all this talk about wine and fundraising is making me thirsty and it is only 8:00 am. Come to think of it, I also need to start making a few phone calls to set-up meetings with area donors to talk about this year’s annual campaign. Hmmmmm? I wonder if I can combine these two lovely tasks?  🙂

As they say in wine country . . . CHEERS! I’ll see you tomorrow where we’ll talk about the Charles M. Schultz Museum and how it inspired a few thoughts by which fundraising professionals should live their professional lives.

Here’s to your health!

Erik Anderson
Founder & President, The Healthy Non-Profit LLC!/eanderson847


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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 March 18, 2013, in Fundraising, nonprofit, resource development and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Love it! Save some for me when i come to Chi town this year!

  1. Pingback: Fundraisingwoche vom 18.-24.03.2013 | - wir lieben Fundraising

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