This past weekend, I had the pleasure of working in support of a cycling event for a nonprofit client. This was my first peer-to-peer client and event in about two years. By sheer coincidence, my recent work has included traditional fundraising campaigns, board development projects and leadership coaching. It was exciting to step back into the world of peer-to-peer and endurance events, a combination with a special place in my heart due to my passion for running, cycling and of course, fundraising for great causes.
Sometimes stepping away can bring fresh perspectives. In these brief six weeks I was able to experience one of my favorite parts of peer-to-peer: coaching participants in fundraising. And with the event just around the corner, I had the chance to witness the magic of riders seeing the finish line; from first-time century riders to veterans. The opportunity to see first-hand their sense of accomplishment and impact is one of the true privileges of serving in this field. I came away thinking about some of the principles that have stayed the same as well as a few where a shift in thinking could make a positive difference:
Robert Grabel is the President of Nonprofit Now! You can find his posts here and at www.robertgrabel.com
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