Thursday, March 20, 2014

Woes of Fundraising

So I am almost a full week in to my new job at JDRF.

I am getting my flow going and really loving my duties, as many and varied as they are.

But here's the thing...I am struggling with fundraising as an individual. Last year and in years previous I had no problem. People were open and honest with me with donations.

But lately...it's a lot of promises but no commitments. I think it has something to do with a shift in our society. There are so many causes that are totally worthy, and every time someone turns around they are being asked for money. I get that, I get asked for money a lot. I have three organizations that I donate to: JDRF, Young Adult Cancer Canada, and Feed Nova Scotia. If we don't set limits like this on ourselves, we will be overwhelmed.

So...how do I boost my personal fundraising while fundraising as a career without suffering burnout from asking?

It's a question that has been reeling in my mind all week. I haven't had the "bites" I normally do on my events, my designs (my tshirt took a lot of time!) or my online donations. Do I resort to walking around the neighbourhood I have lived in less than a year? Am I a failure at public relations? Also, why don't people answer my emails?

All of these things are leading me to sit down and do a true shift in my game plan. I don't have answers to any of my questions, and maybe I never will.

SO, I am now at this: PLEASE BUY MY T-SHIRT design. I want to prove myself again. I want to send this money so people like me, you or your loved ones CAN wear an artificial pancreas, so people in the future CAN have a cure.


Here is the link: http://www.teespring.com/onesies

You order it. Once it hits my goal of committed buyers, the shirt goes to print. Simple. Cheap shipping. Cool shirt. Dollars for JDRF.

1 comment:

  1. Honestly... I have a personal issue with fundraising. It's hard for me because I can't give up my money for a couple reasons. First? I don't actually believe it's going anywhere. Secondly, I spend so much money out of pocket to keep myself alive and to donate to a cause (that is supposed to help me but fails to prove it) is a hard pill to swallow.

    At the same time, I won't ever sign up to do anything that requires fundraising either.

    EXCEPT that I do love that tshirt.... that's the kind of support I WILL put into because I actually get something out of it.

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