Anyone else work in the nonprofit sector? I am looking to get some conversation going around this world.
We started a nonprofit in honor of our late son "Goose" for grief and trauma recovery "Live Like Goose". It took months, money, and a fair amount of research and paperwork, but we recently got our 501c3 Charitable Foundation tax exemption. This means donors can write off donations from their earnings on their taxes, and we can apply for grants.
We are building our resources, and raising funds. Last week was Giving Tuesday. You have Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday, for nonprofits. It was our first fundraiser and it was a success due to the generosity of family and friends. The next challenge is to expand our donor base beyond family and friends. This is my job as Development Director.
We are offering programs starting in the new year. I am reaching out to people to feel out interest in my concept for a beta test group. I hope it is something that interests people. My partner, and our Executive Director is creating their "class" too. This revolves around a healing community. Their focus is more on Programs, and final decisions.
Coming from the corporate sales world and into the nonprofit world is quite a change. It's not just about the numbers. It is about relationships. I used to tell myself my sales approach was based on relationship building, and it was, but some of the things I did in sales do not translate well into the nonprofit world.
I am also a poet, photographer and music producer. I worked as an artists rep. Content is king. That is especially true in our field. Unique programs and curricula are what will make us stand out and become a different kind of resource. Also, as an artist, "Shameless" self-promotion was my gig. I probably overshared about my writing, images, or music. I didn't target a market that appeals to my style. I relied on family and friends to support me. Now it is time to learn how to widen our circles.
"From Survive to Thrive" is our motto at www.livelikegoose.org. We want to enable people to not only survive, but thrive. This is the lesson we learned in our own grief recovery after losing our son "Goose" a few years ago. We want to show others how to make the most of the worst.