Give your favorite fundraiser with joy this holiday season
Fundraisers often approach the end of the year with a sense of urgency, with many facing fiscal year deadlines and the pressure to meet their fundraising goal. They may also be tasked with planning year-end giving drives and events, laying out budgets for the following year, and somehow finding time to enjoy the holidays.
Simply put, it’s a great time to insert a little joy into the life of your favorite fundraiser with a thoughtful holiday gift. Don’t know where to start? Here’s a quick gift guide to inspire you this year.
The Erin Condren Life Planner
Fundraising friends have been going nuts over these artsy and inspiring planners. Gone are the days when you opened your personal calendar to rows upon rows of lines. Now, you can plan for mindfulness, exercise some creativity, and still create a reminder to follow-up with that donor you just made a proposal to. The Erin Condren Life Planner is a way to offer a little brightness and a little structure to the lives of your friends in the business of resource development.
With dozens of unique and energetic designs, you’ll be able to find the perfect cover to match their style.
Dinner to the New Hot Spot
Fundraisers spend lots of time at lunches, dinners, brunches, and cocktail hours building relationships with donors. It might look posh from the outside, but when you’re cultivating donors, these mealtimes are anything but relaxing. Your fundraising friends are always “on” in these environments, attending to logistics and making sure they get face time with key prospects. Why not reward them with a night out where they can simply just enjoy their experience?
Writing donor thank you letters, sending special notes, and passing along some encouragement is something of a lost art, which is precisely why donor relations managers—who are always looking to leave a positive impression with every contact—take to handwritten notes as a way to be remembered. Capture the essence of your fundraising friend’s mission in a customized set of professional stationery. They’ll be touched that you included their personal passion in your gift.
Tickets to a Conference
Fundraising is doubtlessly a labor of love. With longer hours and lower pay, the nonprofit industry is driven by will and passion. Correspondingly, those who are in fundraising want to be at the top of their game, and there’s a national community of thought leaders who are constantly changing the fundraising and resource development game.
If you’re looking for a gift at a premium price point, consider tickets to a coveted fundraising conference, where your fundraiser will get face time with some of the industry’s best minds. Consider the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Fundraising Conference for leading development ideas, or the Social Innovation Summit for those interested in emerging fundraising technology.