Dear nonprofit fundraisers,
I’m not sure if you know this or not…
But what you do is remarkable.
Now, I’m not talking about what your nonprofit does. I’ll get to that later.
I’m talking about you, and what you do.
Do you know that about yourself?
I know it about you.
You are remarkable.
In the face of what most people would claim is the “sensible” thing to do, instead of committing your life and your talents, your energy and your vigor toward making yourself as wealthy as possible, you have chosen to care more about the wealth of your nonprofit.
Do not sell yourself short. This is remarkable.
You are smart enough to have been a corporate lawyer or a Wall St. broker if that was the life you wanted. But it wasn’t.
You wanted to do good work. You wanted to do work with meaning. You wanted to do something with your life that would benefit others.
You wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Not just your own.
You wouldn’t have it any other way.
This is quite remarkable.
You could have chosen to go into marketing and sales for the private sector. We all know they pay a lot more.
There are many parallels to marketing in for-profit and non-profit companies. So why not just do what pays more?
Because you are remarkable.
You weigh right and wrong on a different scale than many others. You are unwilling to sacrifice your principles and your morals.
You are not an island. You are a citizen of the earth, a member of your community. You are a good neighbor and a best friend.
You feel deeply. You are passionate about your cause. You are committed. You refuse to do anything less than what is needed or necessary.
You are not afraid to work long hours. You are not afraid to juggle multiple tasks and wear many hats if it means your organization can be run more efficiently; if it means more money goes toward helping others.
Others will look away, turn a blind eye, but not you. You will see and you will remember and then you will get to work.
No one will thank you because no one will see you. You are behind the scenes, hidden from view.
But that doesn’t slow you down. As long as good work is being done, you will keep pushing, keep driving, keep reaching.
You will give voice to the voiceless and hope to the hopeless.
You will bring beauty into our lives.
You will tear down walls and build up community.
You will reach out to those who are different and help us find common ground.
You will help us discover our potential and teach us how to care for others.
You make this happen. What you do is remarkable.
“the most important aspect of remarkable things is that they are worthy of remark. Worthy of mention.” -Jonah Berger, Contagious: Why Things Catch On
I find the choices you have made to be quite worthy of remark.
Thank you for being so remarkable.
Keep doing good work,
P.S. Thought you might like this video. It reminds us that even when we think no one notices the good we do has a much greater impact than we realize.