This post comes from the Gravyty Fundraising Academy, a series that examines how fundraisers adapt and strategize to evolve what's possible through philanthropy.
Your guide for the Gravyty Fundraising Academy is Director of Customer Success, Lisa Alvezi. Lisa has worked with countless fundraisers across Higher Education, Health Care, and Nonprofit organizations to transform fundraising. As a former frontline fundraiser herself, her goal is to help you see better results from your fundraising efforts.
No matter how much experience we had before the pandemic, nothing could have prepared us for the past 9 months. Even looking back on some of my old notes, sometimes none if it seemed helpful as the COVID crisis unfolded. Luckily, this once-in-a-lifetime crisis forced me to think about solving problems in advancement in an entirely new way. Our past experiences may not have the answers, but what can we learn that will point us in the right direction?
One of my colleagues and friends Carla Willis, Senior Consultant at Washburn & McGoldrick, had a similar thought. How can we rely on past experience to solve today's problems? Fortunately, she kept journals of different ideas, stories, and "plays" she has come across in her career.
She compiled some of her most important learnings into a recent post titled "Where is my Advancement Leader Playbook? I think I need it now!" I think she hit the nail on the head with this line: "The work required and expected of advancement leaders now is more demanding than ever in most of our lifetimes."
I encourage you to take a read through her post and take time to reflect on what it takes to lead through a pandemic. We have the chance to transform how we look at advancement not just now, but in the long term to create a future that more effectively works towards the goals we want to achieve.
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