Asking for donations is hard. Especially in a small community where you know most everyone and see each other at meetings, school activities, or shopping for groceries.
How do you get comfortable enough to ask your friends to contribute to a nonprofit project or organization that you are passionate about?
I don’t know, but I have realized that at some point the cause becomes more important than you. You know this is vital to your community, your kids, your neighbors. It’s important! And somehow that makes it easier to ask for support.
Most of the time your cause is also important to the people you are asking. They just weren’t aware of it or know how to get involved. They were there waiting to be asked to contribute, to be invited to join your mission.
We see that playing out right now with a community project we have long supported. Someone stepped out of their comfort zone, picked up the phone, dialed a name on the list, and asked for a donation. The answer was YES! The second phone call was also a yes. And it gets easier, I can promise you that.
Recently more than 50 people from nonprofits in six counties gathered in John Day for a workshop on strategic planning. It was a great turn out and from all accounts the time was well-spent. Everyone learned something and valuable contacts were made.
Big thanks to Adrienne Graham and the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) for bringing practical and useful training to us way out here in Eastern Oregon. And thank you to the Oregon Community Foundation for funding the workshop so there was no charge to the people attending. Special thanks to Yvette Rhoades from The Ford Family Foundation who drove over 300 miles and 6+ hours to be with us in John Day!
Time and distance are big factors out here, something we accept without thinking much about it. But we do appreciate greatly when funders and nonprofit trainers make the sacrifice to come to us and our communities. Our shops, restaurants and motels also appreciate the visitors. And when you visit you get to see some beautiful scenery and meet some friendly and creative people.
You’re welcome to come see us anytime!