Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Looking for something to do this week? Try picking up the phone.

I got teased the other day by someone who told me they were not taking this week off, because “someone” had advised them to make themselves available to donors who might need to talk to someone about making last minute gifts. I wonder where they got that idea? 😉 (See Planning for Year-End.)

If you are in the same position, take some time out of each day this week to make a few phone calls. Try calling people you wouldn’t ordinarily call. Such as:

  • Board members,
  • Former board members,
  • Field trip leaders or other volunteers who help you work effectively with donors,
  • Donors or donor prospects whom you have not “touched” in some time,
  • A mentor, a teacher, someone whose presence made a difference for you this year,
  • Someone you need to thank.

Say Happy New Year! Say thank you. Tell them that you were thinking of them. Share.

Right now, I’m thinking of you.

And I’m writing this to say Thank You.

Thank you for working in your community to protect places that people love and will love for generations to come. Thank you for connecting people who want to help to projects that need them. Thank you for teaching new generations of conservationists who will care for this land long after we’re gone.

Thank you for being smart, loyal, committed, passionate, strategic, and persuasive. Thank you for keeping your chin up. Thank you for your good humor. Thank you for doing work that matters.

And thank you for being there this week.

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for a terrific 2017.




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  • Trish Aldrich
    Posted at 07:56h, 27 December

    Thank you for this message. It lifts my heart and spirits more than I can say. Thanks for all your great tips and encouragement. Thanks for standing up for nature and helping us to also. Happy New Year!