Every charity organization exists to make the world a better place. Whether it is to help those in need, find the cure for a disease, save the environment or promote the arts, we all have one common goal - to make a difference.
And to make that difference we have the task of inspiring supporters, volunteer and staff to give of their time, talent, hearts and wallets. Every one of those stake-holders that rally behind your cause has a story. A story about themselves or someone they love or someone they barely know who inspired them with a reason for wanting to champion your issue.
But what is your story?
And have you told it?
I recently started telling my personal story of why I was moved to dedicate my life to working to help women and children escape abuse. It was a story that I thought too intimate to share and too narcissistic for anyone to be interested in.
But when you get intimate and authentically share your passion and motivation, it incites the same in others. Since I've been including my story in talks and presentations around the country, the flood gates have opened. Countless supporters have come forward to share their story. Stories that may have been locked up and never before told. Stories that drive us all to work harder. To do more. To take our efforts to newer, bolder heights.
As non-profit leaders we aren't just charged with leading but with connecting too.
Share your story.