by Tim Ardillo
As a recent addition to the JGA team, I read a quote by an unknown author that really stuck with me – “Today I close the door to the past, open the door to future, take a deep breath, step on through and start a new chapter in my life.”
Even though I really like this quote and it applies to me today, I would change it a bit to fit my experience. I have been lucky to work with amazing organizations with amazing missions and have learned from some of the best in the business. So I would say instead that I put the past in my back pocket where I can readily access it.
In coming to JGA and working with some of the most seasoned professionals that I have admired and respected for so long, I am already learning so much. In fact, I’m learning many of the things that I wish had been at my fingertips when I was leading advancement efforts at various organizations.
Oftentimes when we serve in development roles we wear lots of hats and are pulled in many different directions. Thus, we don’t often have time to strategize with our own teams or review best practices and sometimes we look for the easy answer, hoping for the “silver bullet.”
Here are some recent “lessons” that I have found helpful and would fall on my “I wish had known list:”
These are just a few tips I wish I had known and of course there are many more. As we all know in our business, the only silver bullet is forming personal relationships with our donors and prospects. It’s what drives our success. I like to think that if we’ve done a good job at establishing a relationship with a donor, asking for the gift is the easy part.
So, while my past experience may just be in my back pocket, it is the foundation of everything for me. I hope that in the near future, I can use it to help you and your organization.