The worst fundraising question I’ve ever been asked

The question: Why should I do fundraising?

It annoyed me. I was thinking, Why are you at a fundraising conference if you haven’t figured that out? But I bit my tongue and did my best to be helpful.

I’m not sure I was helpful.

Because I kept thinking about the question. Over time it dawned on me that this terrible question might have been a very good question.

Because fundraising is hard. And expensive. And time-consuming. And there are other ways of getting revenue, at least for some organizations.

So why bother with fundraising.

It’s a question you should think about. The answer is different for different organizations. But thinking about it will help you clarify what you’re doing and why.

All that to say something we all already know: There are no stupid questions.

So if you have any fundraising questions — and you may have been keeping them to yourself because you’re afraid they might be stupid — go ahead. Ask.

And here’s who you can ask: Moceanic founder and fundraisingologist Sean Triner. He has generously thrown open his calendar to people with questions.

You can book a free 25-minute zoom call with Sean by clicking this link.

Yes, free. No obligation to do anything other than ask your question and get help with your fundraising.

It’s very easy. Low key. Fun.

And you might discover something important. Or at least get a sympathetic ear!

Schedule your meeting now!


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