Camper To Campaigner

I recently had the opportunity to present a workshop at a national philanthropy conference, not because I am an expert in raising money, but because I truly enjoy interacting with people and sharing stories of the impact of camp (and I don’t mind asking for money). In my time working in the non-profit/summer camp world, fund-raising and volunteer cultivation has become a larger part of the work that I do. So I have been thinking strategically about how I can …

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2 comments on “Camper To Campaigner

  1. Gary Forster on said:

    Hi Dave – So many camp execs go into “reactive” mode when summer camp nears… putting out fires, running errands, “delegating” what used to be their job to the “camp director.” You paint a great picture of being an aggressive, pro-active executive that’s working both in the moment and with an eye on the future. Don’t forget to spend time with those parents’ KIDS, too, execs! (There will still be plenty of fires, no need waiting for them!) — Gary

  2. dave bell on said:

    Gary,

    Thanks for the feedback! I agree that we can become reactive instead of proactive. Also, the best way to build a connection with the parents is to already have built a relationship with their camper. There is nothing better than a camper introducing you to their parent and saying, “This is the Camp Director!” – Dave

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