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 Training – I 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!
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 😉
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?