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how's your summer going...?

how’s your summer going…?

It’s amazing how fast time passes.  We are half way through the summer months, and we hope you are finding some time to be with family and friends.  In six short weeks the calendar will turn to September, and depending on where you live in the country, it will trigger an abundance of fundraising activity.  In some places it’s known as “gala season” which means that many of you are working on putting these plans together, or better yet, finalizing them (even if the event is in December).

This blog, however, is about you.  Most of us never thought that we would become professional fundraisers or work in development.  It’s hard work and also very rewarding work.  We spend much of our time thinking of others:  the people we serve, the outreach of our organization, our donors, our volunteers, and our fundraising leadership.  And you have to take care of yourself.  I once thought of having a 3-day seminar in the early part of the year with focus on rest, relaxation and fun where YOU are the focus.  Good thought?

There is plenty of content on the web and fundraisers seem to be good lifelong learners.  This blog is dedicated to you.  It’s to remind you to take some time for yourself, your family and your friends.  Life is short — being a cancer survivor teaches you a lot of things.

Are you enjoying your summer?


“Happiness does not come from doing easy work
but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after
the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”



Written by:

Paul D’Alessandro

Founder and Chairman

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