I’ve had the privilege of spending most of my nonprofit career in resource development. The aspect of development that brings me the most joy is without a doubt the strategy and operations that set a team, an organization, and its donors up for successful and meaningful relationships. Having a comprehensive donor engagement plan in place is a crucial foundation for that success – and as lyrical genius Taylor Swift so deftly points out, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”
Recently, I turned the final page on Adam Higginbotham’s excellent book, Midnight in Chernobyl, a seemingly minute-by-minute account of the human-made events leading up to and following the 1986 nuclear disaster in North-Central Ukraine.
I come from a long line of practical women. Both my grandmothers were raised on farms in the country where there was little time for frivolity. While loving, my grandmothers’ approaches were no-nonsense and geared toward getting the job done, no matter what that entailed. This pragmatism was passed down to my aunts and mother and, ultimately, to my sister and me.