“Several years ago, Sandy attending one of our fundraising dinners as part of a coaching engagement with us. After the event was done, she provided us with a short document outlining her perspective on the evening. We did not have the event the next year, but when it came time to plan the next dinner event, we incorporated feedback from her debriefing – we simplified the program, eliminated video and digital goal devices (saving a great deal of money, and instead of several speakers, followed by a live auction, and instead focused on one speaker. Choosing our most enthusiastic homeowner, we asked her to speak from the heart about what Habitat has meant to her.. What transpired was one of the most electrifying moments I have ever seen at Habitat – the homeowner abandoned her notes, and started sharing with with incredible enthusiasm how having a Habitat home had changed her life as she cares day-today for her disabled granddaughter.
It was the closest we have ever come to a “revival service” – with people in the audience verbally responding to her story, her words of faith, and her challenge to get involved in making a difference in the lives of people wanting for homes. Perhaps 20 people came to talk with her after the dinner because she had touched them with her story. Key stakeholders told us it was the most fun and the best dinner they have been to!. We raised $36,000. Sandy helped us learn an important lesson – keep it simple, don’t try to cover everything at one, just keep the focus squarely on the difference you are making in people’s lives.”
John W. Lamb
Director of Development,
Greater Chattanooga Habitat for Humanity,