I work as a fundraiser for Mercy Corps. When I tell people I meet that I’m in fundraising, they usually respond with “ugh, I would hate to ask people for money.” The funny thing is that I love it.
People want to help. I believe it is in our nature. Often times they don’t know how to. My mother always complains of “donor fatigue.” It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed by the millions of people in the world that desperately need help. Part of my job is to take those millions and highlight the individuals — to bring donors the personal connection through intimate stories and photographs. It’s a daunting task and I feel lucky to work with the colleagues that I do. Because, there’s simply no way to sugar coat it — there are millions who need our help.
Months ago I heard a news clip that changed my life. A nun said there are three things that we all hunger for:
- To know that we are loved.
- To make a difference.
- To know that our lives have meaning.
I believe these three things to be true. And I feel it every day. We can each be of service in different ways; it is up to us to figure out what that way is. I love connecting people who want to help – with the people who need our help. I ask for their hard-earned money – even during a recession – and promise to make sure it gets to those in need.
Thank you for the opportunity to be of service.