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What's Next?

What's Next?

Chapter Leadership Brief 10.09.2020

By Craig H. Shelley, CFRE
Chapter Treasurer & Managing Director, Orr Group

True confession, I’ve been re-watching a lot of The West Wing the last few months.  Something about feeling as if our society is doom-spiraling towards simultaneous catastrophes of our own making has me longing for the aspirational prose of Aaron Sorkin and his fictional band of over intellectualized do-gooders.  One of the things that always struck me about President Bartlett’s fictional leadership style was his prodding, “What’s next?” at the conclusion of solving whatever calamity they had just rescued the nation from.   Somehow it always seemed equal parts intended to instill urgency (there’s more to do), modesty (don’t rest on your laurels) and provide a narrative transition.  I feel like we need all those things right now and find myself asking, “what’s next?’ often.

In the nonprofit sector we don’t know what’s next.  I know we need strategies that are nimbler and donors more bonded to our missions and brand than the transaction of events.  I know none of us are smart enough to know much more than that.  However, I also know fundraisers will be central to finding the answer.  We’re a creative bunch of story tellers who build relationships and are goal oriented.  Can you think of a better combination of skills for the times we’re in?  Do your work with your donors and secure the resources to fuel the work of your organizations but also be sure your voice is heard as organizational strategies and objectives are determined in these uncertain times.

Whatever comes next our community of fundraisers will be essential.  Let us know how the Chapter can help provide you the skills, the networking and commiseration you need to excel.

Thanks for your hard work the last seven months.  What’s next?

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