Mary vs Martha: Do you miss times to sit with Jesus or hang out with kids because we are doing busy work?
While we won’t be placing volunteers on assignment teams until November, we are now collecting information on volunteers who would like to serve on Camp Assignment for summer 2015. If you have volunteers in your Area who would like to be on Assignment, HERE is the link to the ‘Volunteers for Assignment’ google doc. We are accepting recommendations now!!
If you would like to request Assignment as part-time staff, please fill out this form. Please complete this request asap.
Summer assignments are where some of the best training is done. You get to see Young Life in action from a number of perspectives. You get to hear from other mission leaders. You get immediate feedback and opportunities for growth. Get your volunteers on an assignment. They will come back as better volunteers.
Thank for having a vision for your people and working to get them on assignment.
Last week we mentioned the Work Crew area request form would be available. The official date has just been announced, and will open October 9.
Work Crew Allocation Schedule – Area requests are due to the Region on October 23. The full schedule is posted on the Work Crew page on Staff Resources.
- How many kids can serve – the number of guys and girls who will be trained and available to serve on work crew.
- Where kids can serve – the sessions where their kids can serve and the number of kids per session.
Session Dates – Click here for work crew session dates. This document is also available on Staff Resources.
Action Item: Submit your Work Crew requests before Friday, October 23.
My easy secret from Stephen Covey to skyrocket your year-end fundraising
2015 is flying by, isn’t it?
If you’re not already planning out your year-end fundraising, there’s no time like now to start.
If you’re old enough to remember when The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, first published in 1989, you’ll love today’s tip. Seven Habits is a business and self-help book written by Stephen Covey, and back in the day it seemed like everyone was reading it. Me included.
Even today, the seven habits serve as solid reminders to all of us:
- Be Proactive
- Put First Things First
- Think Win-Win
- Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood
- Sharpen the Saw
But Covey’s second habit is the one I want you to focus on today: Begin with the End in Mind.
What does that mean for you as you begin (or continue) plotting out your year-end fundraising? As you’re gathering together the pieces of your direct mail campaign, your online campaign, any events you’ve got going on, your Giving Tuesday campaign (if you’re participating)…where exactly should your focus lie?
Well here’s something that I’ve been doing since my earliest days as a development director (back in 2001): before you do anything, before you write your year-end direct mail package, before you write that email campaign, write your thank you letter.
Yep. In Covey’s words: “Envision what you want in the future so that you know concretely what to make a reality.”
You’ll be amazed at how leading with gratitude helps your entire year-end fundraising campaign to flow.
And to help you get started, I’m delighted to present you with my dear friend Lisa Sargent’s newly updated Better Donation Thank You Letter Checklist (click here to download).
Lisa Sargent has been called “one of the finest fundraising copywriters on the planet.” An award-winning international donor communications specialist who is dedicated to helping her nonprofit clients raise more money and retain more donors, Sargent is most often found behind the keyboard crafting successful direct mail appeals, newsletters, and other retention-driven communications. She is also the Founder of The Thank You Letter Clinic on SOFII.