Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Thank You

I know it’s your busiest time of the year. I know you’re probably stressed about reaching your goal. I know your mind is probably buzzing with the thousands of things you need to do before the end of the year, whether it’s touching base with that major donor or editing the thank-you letters ONE MORE TIME!

But I hope you’ll take a moment and let me say this to you.

Thank you.

What you are doing is fundamental to our society. What you are doing is making a huge difference—not only in your geographical, local community, but in countless other communities that are affected, directly or indirectly, by your work. What you are doing is changing the world—one gift, one person, one moment at a time.

Thank you.

Because, not everyone can do what you do. Not everyone can get rejected (a lot!) and still be positive about your mission. Not everyone can deal with a board, volunteers, major donors, your colleagues, staff and your boss, all at the same time, while trying to make goal. Not everyone can inspire others and give off such confidence while inside you’re bubbling with stress and concern over a thousand little details.

We know, so thank you!

You adhere to the highest ethical standards: AFP’s valued and respected Code of Ethics.

You work hard to be a better fundraiser every day, taking advantage of continuing education and training.

You give back to the profession, whether through teaching, mentoring, or giving of your time and treasure.

You are dedicated to your cause, and to the cause of ethical and effective fundraising.

Thank you for hearing the call and being a servant of philanthropy. Thank you for being part of the AFP community and helping us advance the profession.

All of us at AFP wish you the best of luck in your year-end fundraising and a very merry holiday season and happy New Year. We look forward to serving you in 2018.

And since we can’t say it enough—Thank You!

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