Practice what you preach.
If we’ve heard it once, we’ve heard it a million times. And, sometimes it’s easier said than done depending on what is, well, being preached!
In philanthropy, showing gratitude for the generosity of others isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also vital to the well-being of the nonprofit organization. And yet, the number of times a gift goes un-thanked or unacknowledged can be baffling.
That gift may be a monetary donation or in the form of tireless volunteerism. Or perhaps that generosity takes the shape of committee work, board leadership or even in-kind services.
No matter, carving out time from the bustle of the workday to say thank you is nothing short of priceless. Maybe you could even surprise them with an off-the-cuff note or phone call beyond what the donor might regularly anticipate.
We at Cape Fletcher Associates do our best to practice what we preach. We log our conversations in our database, we follow-up with stated action items, and we try to show gratitude to those who trust us at pivotal moments in the life of their organization.
Grateful. Appreciative. Thankful.
All words to describe how we feel about our past and current clients who have invited us on their philanthropic journeys. We look forward to getting to say “thank you” for all of the journeys still to come in 2024 and beyond.
John & Michael
PS: We decided to send a small, tangible gesture of thanks this fall to recent and current clients. The Yeti tumblers felt like a seasonally appropriate way to say thanks in late-September heading into the fall hiking season.
Cape Fletcher Associates