Here in the Midwest, it’s pumpkin-picking season again, and I am here for it.
When I was younger, my parents had this rule when we went pumpkin picking. We could get any pumpkin we wanted, as long as we could carry it to the car ourselves.
Your fundraising program is a lot like little ole me and the pumpkins. While it’s fun to look at the biggest pumpkin - one year there was one so large it was almost my size! - or create the most elaborate fundraising plan, you won’t be able to carry it to the car or the finish line.
One of the reasons I love creating a fundraising plan (or any plan for that matter) is that you can lay out all the work ahead of you and make sure it’s realistic before jumping in. And when you take a step back, if you realize it’s not realistic or that one of your teammates will have more than they can handle, you still have time to adjust.
When you plan ahead, you’re setting yourself and your staff up to have a manageable amount on their plates, allowing them space for self-care, forward-thinking, and room to problem solve when challenges arise.
Here are three tips to ensure your fundraising plan is realistic for your team so that no one is left dragging an oversized pumpkin to the car:
You’re looking for a fundraising plan that allows you to thoughtfully accomplish your goals without pushing your team to the brink and causing burnout. Be intentional about leaving room for your team to try new things, rest, and address challenges. Looking for more guidance on how to do this? Join me next week for my brand new masterclass: How to Raise More, Save Time & Stay Sane. Grab your seat here.
One way to ensure your team members are set up for success is to set annual SMART goals. In today’s freebie I’m sharing more about SMART goals and how they can help you manage your fundraiser’s workload, so everyone is happier and more productive!