Merry Christmas, Happy Festivus, and Happy Holidays

ohare at christmasMy plane landed at O’Hare yesterday afternoon, which symbolized the end of a very long year for me. I am now ready to work from my home office for the last few weeks of 2015 and take a little time off to celebrate the holidays with family and friends.

As I look at this time of the year through a non-profit lens, there is a lot going on.

  • Lots of donors are making year-end charitable contributions (approx. 40% of charitable giving occurs in the fourth quarter of the year)
  • Many non-profit organizations are engaged in planning activities (e.g. strategic plan, resource development plan, etc) and busily getting ready for next year
  • Holiday cards and stewardship gifts are being sent to non-profit donors
  • There are countless holiday parties being hosted for non-profit staff and clients

When I boil all of this down, I see this time of year as a time for building a sense of community and family.

With this in mind, I want to take a break from pumping out non-profit and fundraising content and simply say:

Happy Holidays, DonorDreams readers!

Please know that . . .

  • I appreciate you
  • I appreciate your readership
  • I appreciate your comments
  • I appreciate you sharing this blog with friends and encouraging them to become part of this online community

Each and every single one of you is part of my collective non-profit family, and I wish you and yours a special holiday season (whatever you may celebrate).

Here’s to your health!

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


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 December 24, 2015, in nonprofit. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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