Much of Fundraising is like Ditch Digging

Discipline makes the significant breakthroughs in our fundraising possible. Most of a charity's advancement takes place in the daily effort of planning, research, writing, implementing, and above all else strengthening relationships. Resisting leads to quitting. Never have I met a ditch digger who said, "Iā€™m just not feeling the ditch today, the ditch muse is not with me, I have to put my shovel down now." So it goes with fundraising, all day and evening long. Occasionally we're called upon to produce or perform a work of art that transforms a cause, but in the meantime boredom more than bad board behavior is what burns us out. The challenge is in keeping the daily work full of wonder and possibility. Being in regular and personal touch with your donors and with your charity's beneficiaries helps.