Instead we get caught up in meetings, copy deadlines, fundraising targets, and the many more mundane trappings of our jobs. We begin to wear out. We wonder if what we do matters.
That’s why the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Conference #AFPFC in Boston was such a powerful and important event this year. Over and over again the presenters challenged us to step back and really look at what our actions are creating. And the speakers pushed us to keep working for our broader, world-changing goals.
For those of you who weren’t there, here are some words of wisdom to give you something to think about, incite action, and make you feel good about all you do.
From Kofi Annan: “Never forget you are helping to make the world a better place.”
Jennie Thompson echoed the sentiment by saying: “We have such an opportunity to inspire people and bring them to a cause.”
So take a moment to reflect on how YOU are inspiring people and making the world a better place. Then decide what more you can do.
Perhaps as Kumi Naidoo said you need to, “Shake more forcefully the fundamentals of our society to create a more just world.”
How do you do that? It’s certainly not easy. As Roger Craver said, “I don’t think you can do this work decently unless you are filled with a healthy amount of outrage.”
And, keep in mind, as Simone Joyeaux pointed out: “When you start talking about justice, some people will not like it.”
I personally believe it’s worth it, and that part of what makes fundraising and nonprofit marketing such an exciting area in which to work are the brave people who we get to do it with.
So, as Andrew Watt said, “Let’s develop a sense of collective, shared identity and push beyond our comfort zones to transform lives.”
We can do it, and I bet we’ll even have some fun along the way.
After all, as Daryl Upsall said, “The rebels have the best songs.”
- Posted by Lisa Swayze @impactlisa