The events of 2020 have forced those of us who work in the non-profit sector to apply the fundamentals of good practice in new ways. At the ANU, where I work, every week my team and I ponder new ways to build and cultivate relationships at a time when we cannot meet in groups or even face to face.
The good news is that we have tools like Zoom, email, and Microsoft Teams to augment phone calls and snail mail. These help, but are not satisfying. People want to meet and they want to help. They desire to express their values through philanthropy. Donors seek to partner with institutions whose values are in line with their own to address the needs our world.
Our work as relationship builders is even more important this year. The need for a clear, compelling mission and vision is heightened. Actively and respectfully listening to volunteers and prospective donors to understand their interests and passions is critical to engaging their hearts. Attracting and building relationships with partners who share a passion for our mission multiplies the joy of giving.
Over the past year, Sandra and I have been anxiously awaiting for our book, and its joy of giving theme, to be printed. The wait is over and we are pleased to announce that The Art and Science of Donor Bliss will be ready to ship in November.
If you are a fan of e-books – your copy is now available on Amazon Kindle. You can find it here:
Visit click here to reserve a printed version, expected to be available in the USA by the end of November.
Let’s spread the word about the Joy of Giving together!