A Fundraiser’s Journey: Who Do You Think You Are?

Kelly picKelly Updike,
A Fundraiser’s Journey
blogger for the PCNRC

Who do you think you are?

I am you.

No, that’s not the name of a science fiction movie but instead is the truth about how alike you and I are in our jobs and paths to fundraising success. Don’t tell the wonderful folks at the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center, but I laughed out loud when they asked if I would write about fundraising. Me?!

The colleagues I most admire are terrific fundraisers and make it seem so easy and breezy. You know them; they are famous in the Fort. I want to be them when I grow up. But now that I’ve spent eight years as executive director at the Embassy Theatre and two years of that time working to raise $8mm for our capital campaign – we’re at $7.3mm and counting, baby! – I’ve learned a lot.

If I can do it, so can you. I’m betting you already are doing it.

My goals with this blog are to share my experiences in learning how to be a better fundraiser, to point out some best practices and practitioners along the way and to help build your confidence as well as your expertise about this important and can-be-fun part of our jobs. I hope that we will have a dialogue, that you will post comments and provide feedback. I want to steal – oops I mean – LEARN from you, too. This is a crazy job we do and we need to stick together. Let’s make this our journey.

I work at the Embassy. Everything here, however, is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. Opinions, conclusions and other information expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Embassy or the Allen County Public Library.

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