Fundraiser Fatigue.

So, this topic has been swimming around my brain for the past few weeks…or months, I really cannot remember…but between starting drafts, having my most succinct thoughts when I’m nowhere near a notepad, my phone, or the computer…that’s where these thoughts have resided – until now.

I want to start this off by saying this is not a rant, or meant to be taking in any sort of negative tone – just a realistic one. So, hear me out! And – more importantly – I want to hear what YOU think about it all, without reservation. PLEASE COMMENT WITH ANY AND ALL THOUGHTS YOU MAY HAVE.

Phew. Here we go.

As you may (or may not) know, I’ve been honored to be chosen to serve as an Ambassador for 26.2 with DONNA for the 4th year in a row. Over the past three fundraising seasons, I have been delighted to share my experience in raising money, training, and spreading awareness of the event, and the DONNA Foundation. With your help, I’ve raised more than $6,000 for DONNA, our team raised more than $40K just last year. But, I don’t share these figures in a boastful manner – I share these with a feeling of urgency, uneasiness, and slight stress.

Yes, I have to be honest, and when I am honest, I am being 200% honest – between working with 26.2 with DONNA, Cupcake Meetups (which benefitted St.Jude, Noah’s Light, and Team PAWS, and the charity involvement that start it all, Team in TrainingI am growing weary of asking for money.  

Don’t get me wrong. I stand by, and support all of these causes, and am proud of the money we’ve raised over the years (several more thousand over the DONNA amount), but I sometimes feel like I’ve tapped out my resources.

I realize everyone has a budget. I have a budget. Since becoming a stay-at-home mom, I have less “fun” money, but still try my best to support friends’ causes, as well as supplement incentives for my own fundraising. I’ve tried to think of new ways to raise funds, which have had varying level of success.

I am not afraid to keep trying. I am not tired of pushing to think of creative new ways to raise money…but at the same time, I worry I’ve exhausted my friends and family, in both their Facebook feed and their wallets.

What I am experiencing is not unusual. It has a name: donor fatigue. I don’t know how to cure it, but I do know that I need to. And I need your help!

I remember seeing this on the internet and laughing…but is it true?

Please, please, PLEASE share with me your 100% honest thoughts on this subject. And share this post, so I can hear your friends thoughts. Heck, I’d like to hear thoughts from people you might not consider a friend, so I can hear the truth. What do I, as a fundraiser, and what do WE, as those championing causes and working to raise funds – need to do?

Incentivize? Don’t? Do you want something for your donation? Do you not?

Inquiring minds need to know.

In the meantime, here’s a reminder from me about my next fundraising event 😉

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SHOP FOR A CAUSE at Five Below, Sarasota FL – 10 percent of all sales go toward 26.2 with DONNA, just bring this flyer. Print extra here!!

Additionally, I will be doing something new and fun at the 2017 race – adding names of all donors to the back of my race shirt! I am excited to do this with my embroidery machine. So, want your name on my shirt? DONATE HERE. ❤

What inspires you to donate? What turns you off?



  1. Fundraiser fatigue is real. But I’ve never seen anyone as dedicated, determined, and creative as you in raising money for worthy causes. And I get donor fatigue too. That comes from sending a donation to a (usually) small charity and then getting tons of mailing and emails asking for more money.

    But that doesn’t apply to you, because I can see your genuine dedication to supporting your chosen cause, and because it is my honor to support both you and your cause.

    As a donor, I want to feel that my money will be used effectively in addressing the cause the charity is collecting for. I know some of the money is needed to cover admin, and more to solicit more donations. But I want those to be kept to a minimum. Sadly, even some major charities end up contributing only a small percentage of the funds to the actual cause. I wish every solicitation was required to state what percent of collected donations actually goes to the stated cause.

    Not all of us are activists. I’m a sidelines kinda guy. But I know some things need doing, and my way of helping to get that done is through donations. You are providing me a service by personalizing a charity and bringing it to my attention. And I am thankful that there are people like you who do that.

    Step back, take a breath. Know that you have done much more than most. You need not beat the drum continuously. You will benefit by a breather before your next campaign.

    And I, for one, will be happy to support you.

    • Rick –

      Thank you for your kind words, and thank you for continuing to be one of my most loyal supporters. It means a lot to have your support, but even more, to have your friendship. It means a lot to hear your perspective.

  2. I hear you girl. I’ve gotten to the point where, as a chronic “donater”, I’ve had to step back and just start saying, “no I just can’t donate any more”. There are just SO many good causes out there, but unless you hit a major Powerball, you can’t ever donate to all of them. The worst part is once you make one donation, you begin to get flooded constantly with emails, letters, etc, always asking for more, which ends up being a total turnoff. I always think with all the money being spent on these letters asking for money, they could be saving all of that and putting it towards the cause. If people want to donate, THEY WILL DONATE.

    • Thanks K, for your thoughts! FTR I appreciate all your positive feedback and constant support. Knowing I have pals like you to understand is worth more than anything.

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