I was talking with a sweet woman this morning about my upcoming Mastermind program and we discussed the importance of having a group of peers to think and reflect with.
You know what I’m talking about – people you can whine with and bounce ideas off of.
Way too many nonprofit Executive Directors and Development Directors work on an island. They don’t have a group of colleagues they can go to for support.
It gets really lonely (and it doesn’t have to be that way).
I figured out early in my fundraising career that I needed people to walk this amazing journey with. So I formed my own fundraising tribe made up of several other fundraisers who were also looking for some support. I affectionately referred to them as my “rowdy girlfriends.” By the way, it was this same group of rowdy girls that talked me into starting my consulting business 5 years ago! (Thanks gals!)
So, who is in your tribe?
Who do you call when you need to vent about some crazy Board member? Who do you lean on when times get tough? Who do you celebrate your big achievements with?
If you don’t have a group like this, I encourage you to start one. It doesn’t have to be big. Just 3 or 4 people can provide a LOT of support to one another.
The only ground rule that my group used was that everything was confidential. We’d meet once a month for a nice lunch and catch up with each other. It gave us the chance to ask for advice on how to handle things or even how to implement specific fundraising strategies. We were so close that we could even ask about insights into specific donors (“Have you ever worked with Jean Smith?”). It was awesome.
I encourage you to seek out those you can mastermind with and support one another. It’s worth its weight in gold!