While enjoying lunch with a business friend, I kept glancing at a group of collectors for a charity. I could see them out of the window in one of the historic areas of a UK city. The collectors were very energetic and interfaced actively with the public. After the meeting, I walked through the area and dialogued with one of the collectors. It turned into quite a conversation. She told me she was a professsional fundraiser. I have observed such folk, whom I thought must be specially employed to fundraise, in various cities and towns over the past few years. However, I had never actually spoken to such a collector personally .
In response to a question or two, she shared part of her life’s story. The special events which had led her to be committed to fundraising in a professional way. Her younger brother had died tragically and this had caused her much to think about. She strongly felt that she would like to leave a legacy in the world that would continue to operate after she died. This was a fascinating story.
We parted as special friends as I sought to encourage her in all that she was doing.
I’m still processing the whole concept of professional fundraising. Traditionally, those collecting for various charities have all been volunteers. They are really passioinate, in the main, about the charity in question. In our family, we have been involved in such events over the years. Currently, in the non-profit, with which I am involved, funding is a key part of the international and multi-cultural operation. I’m trying to grasp this whole new approach and the mental gymnastics involved especially the whole concept of using money to encourage others to give more.
What are your thoughts about this aspect of charity work…..??