My harsh inner critic



Spring is finally here! This is my favourite season, and it seems to hold even more meaning this year - no matter how challenging things are, I always find spring refreshes my spirits.


March has been an action packed month - when we hit the one year mark since the pandemic started, I found myself counting down the days until spring started, and reflecting on things I wish I’d known before the pandemic hit and the world changed so drastically.


I know the ways you’re meeting with donors has changed a lot over the last year - and if you’re struggling, you’re not alone! If you’re a fundraiser who doesn’t currently have face to face meetings available as an option, I wrote 4 ways to land your next donor meeting just for you.


Speaking of struggles, I sat down virtually with psychologist Dr. Adia Gooden to talk about the power of self-compassion to carry us through difficult times, and how fundraisers and nonprofit leaders can cultivate this important skill - a conversation that was much needed this month.


One thing I’ve been working on personally is recognizing and working with my harsh inner critic - is this something you can identify with too?


Dr. Adia shared some great practical tips, and talked about why the being-tough-on-yourself approach doesn’t work (and after our chat, my inner critic will forever be known as “teacher one” - watch to find out what I mean!)


Before I go, I want to make sure you didn’t miss this awesome opportunity for small nonprofits. I partnered with my good friends at The Good Partnership to offer a scholarship valued at $729 to their Flipside Fundraising program (hurry, the application closes at midnight eastern time TONIGHT!).


Certainly, our challenges continue on so many fronts, but they somehow seem just a little more bearable when the spring flowers come into bloom. 💐


I'm wishing you all the best for this beautiful season of renewal!



Emma Lewzey, CFRE is an award-winning fundraising expert

with 20+ years experience raising millions of dollars across the arts, education, health and human services sectors. If you want to raise more 5, 6 and even 7-figure donations your non-profit, you can download Emma’s free Blueprint for Major Gift Success, and learn the 4 crucial steps to raising big gifts (at any size shop!)

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