I could enjoy conversation with Guirlaine for hours, listening to how she describes her work and allowing her to provoke my thinking about how we can more effectively seize opportunities to a be real fundraisers. Today’s conversation was about Guirlaine’s article in Responsive’s winter edition of Carefully & Critically. Guirlaine wants more of us to learn how to stop being so focused on money, get it out of our way, and begin to experience fundraising as more meaningful work. She asks why fundraisers let money be the hero in their stories.
Much of today’s conversation was about understanding how fundraising builds a bridge between the haves and have nots allowing us to see and experience our common humanity. We concluded with the recognition that we have to find freedom from the belief that we and our donors are not bound together; and, instead, see that we are in an interdependent relationship. We have to allow the work to transform us in the same way that we expect it to transform our donors.
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