I've been fortunate to find a career that I love as a professional fundraiser. Currently, I manage the Donor Relations department at Brandeis University. This falls within the larger Institutional Advancement or Fundraising division for the university. Donor Relations is the thanking and reporting side of fundraising, which is a lot of fun. Leading up to this, I've spent the previous 20 years as a front-line fundraiser working in annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, and alumni relations.
In my spare time, I love cooking, photography, crafting, running, and so much more. However, once a year, I use my fundraising experience to raise money for a charity that is very close to my heart, Special Olympics. I've been fortunate to tap into my friends, family and the community to raise over $20,000 online over the past 14 years from for this charity. Pictured below is my merman costume from last year's Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Lake Ontario.
I want to share with you what has worked for me in fundraising so you too can have fun and raise money too for your favorite charity online.
REMEMBER - your friends and family only have so much money, so pick one or two charity fundraisers a year and stick to them if you want to make the greatest impact. If you ask your friends every month, they will start to experience "donor fatigue" from you and will ignore all of your requests.
When I raise money for a charity outside of my day job, here is what I do using mostly social media: