As I was doing a quick scroll through Facebook the other day, this post from my friend Jennifer made me stop and nod my head in agreement:
“It is not old fashioned to say "thank you". If someone gives you a gift or a donation to a cause that is important to you, you need to say "Thank You". Write it in a card, send it in an email, say it face to face, write on their Facebook wall, Tweet it, just do it! If you don't, then don't expect another gift or donation in the future. Easy enough.”
I’m not sure what prompted this status update, but I’m guessing Jennifer had an experience similar to one I wrote about last year in a blog post called “The Power of a Thank You”. If Jennifer had been nearby when I read her status, I would have jumped up and high-fived her enthusiastically. She gets it! Thanking people matters.
In Jennifer’s case, and in my blog post from last year, the focus is on the individual. But the importance of saying thank you translates to organizations as well. Does your organization have an attitude of gratitude?An Attitude of Gratitude
Here are five ways to demonstrate your attitude of gratitude and thank those who do the most for your organization:
It’s important to reiterate that we said these are five ways to thank those who do the most for your organization. “Most” is the key word here. We need to thank everyone - so go ahead and send that automated email – but don’t let the daunting thought of trying to thank everyone equally keep you from thanking anyone distinctively. Know who your MVPs are and show them your attitude of gratitude. Saying thank you is a key part of fundraising success – and life success.
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