*Guest Post by Board Member, Julie Davidson-Gómez*
Leading Exhale’s year-end fundraising effort is a lot like having magical x-ray goggles. From my vantage point, I get to see the inner workings of our campaign in amazing and intricate detail. Every day, I witness the little victories and milestones that occur when a volunteer steps out of their comfort zone and reaches out to you to connect, share, and inspire.
Joining the fundraising team requires a big step, and sometimes a leap of faith, toward connecting our individual stories and beliefs to a larger organizational vision: that of a thriving pro-voice movement, financially supported by women and men who care just as much about post-abortion wellbeing, and who share our dreams for a future free from abortion stigma.
It takes training, mentoring, and hours of behind-the-scenes work to prepare and practice how to start (and continue) conversations that build relationship. It also takes a willingness to face down our fears about asking for money, to define success not solely in dollars raised, but also in connections forged. And it requires us to become the kind of messengers that would compel us to donate!
Year after year, I take the leap with new and returning Exhale fundraisers. Year after year, I am inspired and energized by what they teach me. I invite you to put on your x-ray goggles with me as my teammates share some of their fundraising stories.
“I am reaching out to people in my community who have never heard of ‘pro-voice,’ so I think it’s important for people to see that making the decision to have an abortion is one of many decisions that we all make in life. We all deserve to have a non-biased listener to share our stories with.” – Kristin
“I’ve been enjoying how my list of Exhale supporters has stayed consistent over the years. It’s given me the opportunity to develop relationships with folks that allow for great conversations about Exhale!”- Jennifer
“I’m getting a lot more comfortable talking about my involvement with Exhale. Members of my family really have changed the way they look at the issue of abortion, and they’ve made personal donations as a result. It’s an amazing thing to have witnessed. I can’t tell you how much this means to me, and how very glad I am to have become a part of Exhale. It’s been such an incredibly positive part of my life.”- Lauren
If you are an Exhale donor, you may receive a phone call or email from a member of our volunteer fundraising team over the next couple of weeks, or maybe you already have! We aren’t professional “phone bankers;” we came to Exhale for a lot of the same reasons that you did. And we’re honored to raise money from members of our communities. When you hear from us, I hope you will take a moment to connect and share about why Exhale matters to you.
Kristin, Jennifer, Lauren and the rest of the fundraising team and I are working to raise $25,000 for Exhale by the end of the year. Every gift counts – whether its $25 or $250 or $2,500. Please donate to Exhale today.