Author Peter Sims found that Steve Jobs, Chris Rock, Frank Gehry, and many other successful people have an approach to their work in common: they all have achieved remarkable results by methodically taking small, experimental steps.
“Rather than believing they have to start with a big idea or plan a whole project out in advance… they make a methodical series of little bets about what might be a good direction, learning critical information from lots of little failures and from small but significant wins that allow them to find unexpected avenues and arrive at extraordinary outcomes.”
That’s what #whatgiveswednesday was: my little bet. Encouraged by Paul Nazareth, I wanted to explore what my niche in the fundraising world might be. I had some experience with young alumni at my last job, and have passionate opinions about the great potential of millennial giving, and so I embarked on a year-long journey to explore this area of fundraising – along with awesome guest bloggers – to see if we could crack the mystery.
Well, we learned a lot! But it’s time to say goodbye to #whatgiveswednesday.
Why? In short, it doesn’t feel right anymore. I don’t feel that millennial giving is my niche, I’ve been struggling to find more to write about, and I’ve been having a lot more fun thinking and writing about other things. I focus on mid-level giving in my 9-5 job and have started to write about that more, I’ve been exploring the concept of #DonorLove and that has been inspiring me! #whatgiveswednesday and thinking about millennial giving have felt more like chores lately, and I’ve got enough chores to dread. My blog should never be one!
Plus, there’s awesome people like Erin O’Neill and Ryan Brejak exploring this area, so I’ll leave the experts to it, and take my focus elsewhere!
So – I’ll still be posting on Wednesdays, but I’m removing the theme and just adding more great content on philanthropy and fundraising.
In fact, I’m going to post every Wednesday!!! I’m sick of posting every other Friday, because Fridays are a horrible day for blogging. So, starting now, tune into www.whatgivesphilanthropy.com every Wednesday for awesome new content!
Thanks for being part of my little bet!
Written by Maeve Strathy
Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in educational fundraising for the past eight years. Click here to learn more about Maeve.