The first quarter of 2019 nonprofit fundraising is in the rearview mirror and special events are in season. The finish line never ends. Today is your day and your mountain of work is waiting for you.

But there’s hope.

Right now, you may be feeling burnout and exhausted from fundraising, but you simply must find recharge. Sharing and caring is at the heart of what you do every day—serving the nonprofit sector. Taking time to connect with coworkers and other professionals will feed your soul and replenish your tired mind.

I’m reminded of the power of relationships by just having wrapped up a fast-paced three-day AFP International Conference. My feet are tired but my brain is on fire.

I’m inspired by the brainpower of mighty thought leaders that challenge our conventional way of thinking and by the new professionals just entering the world of our craft, eager to put their talents to use and leave the world a better place.

From topics like donor centricity to donor dominance, and using artificial intelligence to anticipate a donors’ every need, I learned that our sector and our daily lives are filled with navigating complexity in a rapidly changing marketplace.

We fundraisers and nonprofit professionals do it willingly, with gusto for the causes we cherish.

The simple formula for success is having people alongside you who will lift you up when you are down or push you to do better. It is priceless. That’s why I’ll pull out my iPhone with the intention to load up my calendar to set some days to reconnect with people. I have my mentors and mentees to see. And sometimes I reach out of my comfort zone to initiate new connections.

For the better part of 35 years, I’ve never stopped learning from colleagues. I especially love making new friends along the way. It helps me remember why we do what we do; this why we continue to give it our all when fundraising.

I hope to see you at the DFW Philanthropy Conference on Wednesday, May 29th when hundreds of local professionals gather at the Irving Convention Center. Come by and visit the M. Gale & Associates booth because I’d love to hear your secret remedy for fundraising fatigue with me.

Let’s lift the fog of fatigue together.


Barbara Shelton, CFRE