Hyper responsibility is not your friend

It is typical of fundraisers that we are over-responsible.  We are conscientious problem-solvers, and so we often try to solve problems that are not ours to solve.  I spoke to a fundraiser recently who was struggling with how to generate the content for a monthly email newsletter to major gift prospects.  The problems she was talking about were very real: program staff are too busy to write stuff down, she is too busy to pursue them, program staff don’t tell her about upcoming events until too late, the communications team is preoccupied with action alerts, and so forth.  BUT, when we talked to the executive director a few days later, and all the problems melted away.  The ED recognized that monthly emails to major gift prospects were a good idea, and said she would make it happen.

Remember — that sense of hyper responsibility is not always your friend.  Other people may be better placed than you are to make things happen.  Go forth and delegate, upward, downward, sideways — whatever it takes to get the job done.