We have started asking our recently hired team members if they wanted to contribute a post to the Culture Blog sharing their experience or thoughts after they have been with the company for about 30 days or so. Here is one from Sarah K who joined the Marketing team as a Non-Profit Engagement Champion.
I started my first real job opportunity in the non-profit field, a field I grew up desiring to enter, in August of 2012. I was hired to be the Development Associate at a local Birmingham non-profit providing health services to the underserved. I currently divide my time between this non-profit and Daxko, which provides me a unique insight into both worlds.
This non-profit had three objectives in hiring me: planning events, growing event programs, and building relationships with donors.
Over the past year working for a non-profit, I accomplished the following things: gaining insight and strategies to planning, growing, executing events and learning great insight into building relationships with donors. This is not something that is taught in school or easy to learn. I am no expert, but I have learned a lot throughout the process.
The non-profit has a different philosophy about financial development. Basically we think about the donors. How many donors are called individually and thanked for their donations at other non-profits? It’s rare in a world full of busy development staff. This non-profit sets itself apart by calling donors, for every single donation that comes in. I came to realize it’s important to recognize donors and make them feel important but I couldn’t really put words to it while I was solely working at the non-profit.
After working at Daxko for two months, I know why I, as a part-time Development Associate, call our donors, and I know why it’s important that other non-profits, especially in the member based services field, should start. These stats have helped me fix my goals on the big picture of a non-profit’s success and my own personal career goals.
According to Gallup, ENGAGED MEMBERS are three times more likely to give money.
One study found that, “ENGAGED VOLUNTEERS donate, on average, 10 times more money than non-volunteers.”
The people who are most passionate about an organization are more likely to give. So, how can we recruit more people to give generously? Build relationships and engage them in every possible way.
I am not only getting to live this out each day I work at the non-profit, I also get to live this out each day I am at Daxko. I get to help share tools and resources that can help change an organization. This can change staff’s work experience while also changing members’ experiences. Want to hear an example of how one person’s life has been changed by an organization? Check out this video about a YMCA Member that really pumped me up! I bet if he knew he had the opportunity to donate money to his YMCA so that someone else could have the opportunity for their life to be changed like his has, he would definitely do it!