I’m back from five days in Dublin.
And my head is filled with some thoughtfulness and wisdom from the best brains our sector offers. Beate Sorum, Rory Green, Tom Ahern, Ken Burnett, Jen Love, Simone Joyaux, Damian O’Broin, Mark Phillips, Simon Scriver…
One idea that is sticking is the concept of a sector-wide revolution.
A fundraising sector revolution, which in our case, would require a forceful ejection of the interlopers.
Those who do not belong here.
A calling out of the folks that have created some of the dire situations in which our friends and colleagues have found themselves, in the UK and beyond.
You’re an interloper if you are not as passionate about your cause as your donors. Gut check that.
You’re an interloper if you only make decisions based on what will bring you the most ROI in the shortest amount of time.
You’re an interloper if you’re afraid to be emotional. Emotionally intelligent in your decision-making and relationships with co-workers and board members. Emotional in your language to your donors as you show them their hard work in action.
You’re an interloper if you refuse to listen to the new and passionate people who are flooding into our sector with fresh ideas and love for donors.
You’re an interloper if you refuse to educate yourself and read and learn from those who have done the hard work and learned the hard lessons.
You’re an interloper if you are only moved by money.
You’re an interloper if you refuse to learn the basics. The fundamentals…
You’re an interloper if you wouldn’t know a donor even if they walked up and hugged you.
If you’re an interloper… move on.
It’s time for a revolution.
It’s time to let our donors talk to us and leave if they want to.
It’s time to do what’s right, and not just what generates the most cash.
It’s time to get smaller and do work that scares us.
It’s time to simplify process and get work done.
It’s time to open ourselves up emotionally and be judged.
It’s time to let donors control the experience.
It’s time for a love revolution…